Johnston McMaster Lecture: Faith as a Radical Ethic of Political Reconciliation, 21 November

johnston mcmasterThe Rev Dr Johnston McMaster will deliver a lecture on ‘Faith as a Radical Ethic of Political Reconciliation’ on Friday 21 November at 7 pm at Edgehill Theological College, 9 Lennoxvale in Belfast.

McMaster is sure to provide plenty of food for thought for those pondering how their faith can make a difference in Northern Ireland’s somewhat stalled, and rather messy, post-violence transition.

The official screening of the animated film Choose, which was produced by the Edgehill Reconciliation Programme, will also take place.

Refreshments will be offered before the lecture starts. You can RSVP to Ashleigh Hunter on 028 9066 5870 or

An ordained minister in the Methodist Church in Ireland, McMaster was a lecturer and co-ordinator of the Irish School of Ecumenics’ adult education programme, Education for Reconciliation, which was wound down after a 15-year run. This programme was located within the Belfast campus of Trinity College Dublin, the Irish School of Ecumenics, where I also work on the Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.

McMaster is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Irish School of Ecumenics and is also working with the Junction in Derry/Londonderry on its project on ‘Ethical and Shared Remembering.’
He is a regular presenter at international conferences and has been especially involved with South Korea and Sri Lanka. His areas of interest are peacebuilding, reconciliation, restorative justice, Irish history, contextual theology, socio-political hermeneutics and Celtic Christianity. He has written extensively,and is the author of books such as Overcoming Violence, and A Passion for Justice: Social Ethics in the Celtic Tradition, and various new publications associated with the Junction’s ‘Ethical and Shared Remembering’ project. He has also co-authored (with Cathy Higgins) Signing the Covenant: But Which One? and Communities of Reconciliation.
The Edgehill lecture is given in memory of the Rev Dr Dennis Cooke, a former Principal of Edgehill College.

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