Education for Reconciliation

This section of the site contains resources related to the Education for Reconciliation (EfR) programme, including information about past events, discussion papers, and reports.

Emmanuel Kopwe Talk

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Education for Reconciliation and African Enterprise hosted a visit of Emmanuel Kopwe, who spoke on ‘Reconciliation in Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo,’ on Wed. 8 Oct 2008, at the Irish School of Ecumenics, 683 Antrim Road, Belfast. Emmanuel reviewed some general reconciliation principles used in his work,and also applied them to particular African contexts.

Emmanuel is African Enterprise’s Pan African Director for Reconciliation. He was born in Tanzania, lived in Kenya for several years, and is now stationed in Dar-es-Salaam. He has a Diploma in Christian Studies and a Degree in Telecommunications. He has worked as a lecturer in Tanzania.

For more information on African Enterprise see: http://www.africanenterprise.org.za

Wilson Lecture on Reconciliation

Derick Wilson of the UNESCO Centre and the University of Ulster gave a public lecture on ‘Reconciliation: Valuing a Desired Future,’ on 15 November 2007 at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast.

His was the first in the Irish School of Ecumenics’ Education for Reconciliation programme’s series of lectures on ‘Reconciliation: The Desired Future.’ You can read the text of his lecture on this site.

McMaster Lecture on Commemoration

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Dr Johnston McMaster gave a public lecture on ‘Commemoration for a New Future’ on Thursday 24 January 2008 at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast.

Dr McMaster raised issues around what it means to have ‘ethical remembering’ in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland as a whole. He also asked his audience to carefully consider how events such as the 1912 Solemn League and Covenant, the 1916 Easter Rising, and the 1916 Battle of the Somme might be commemorated in 2012 and 2016. He argued that we should begin to think about how those events might be remembered in ethical and inclusive ways.

Moral Maze with Dunseith and McKay

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The first public discussion in the Moral Maze series was held on Wed 13 Feb 2008 at St Brigid’s Church. Broadcaster David Dunseith and journalist Susan McKay spoke on ‘is media reporting ethical?’

McMaster on Clash of Civilisations

Dr Johnston McMaster participated in a roundtable discussion on ‘The Clash of Civilisations? Building Alternative Futures,’ on 17 April 2008 at the Ramada, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast. You can read the text of McMaster’s talk here.

Moral Maze on Section 75

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The second lecture in the Moral Maze series, ‘Does the Church have an Equality Agenda? Faith and Section 75′ was held on Wed. 12 March 2008 at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast.

Ailin Doyle, a theologian and law scholar, examined a variety of Christian responses to homosexuality and Rev. Arlington Trotman of Trotman Associates, London, considered how the churches in Northern Ireland could respond to issues around race and gender.

Moral Maze: Criminal Justice

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The third discussion in the Moral Maze series, “Restoring Relationships: An Ethical Approach to Criminal Justice” with Dame Nuala O’Loan (former police ombudsman) and Kit Chivers (chief inspector of criminal justice in Northern Ireland) was Wed. 16 April 2008 at Forthspring Inter Community Group, Springfield Road, Belfast.

You can access the text of Chivers’ talk here.

Smyth Lecture on healing through remembering

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Dr Geraldine Smyth gave a public lecture on ‘healing through remembering’ at the Belfast campus of the Irish School of Ecumenics on Thurs. 13 March 2008. It was the third and final lecture in the Education for Reconciliation series on ‘Reconciliation: the Desired Future.’

Moral Maze: Remembering the Future

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A Public Discussion on “Remembering the Future: Ethics and Commemoration in a New Context” with Dr Eamon Phoenix (Stranmillis University College) was held on Wed. 14 May 2008 at St Colmcille’s Church, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast. This discussion was part of the series, ‘The Moral Maze: Ethical Questions and the Shared Future.’

Moral Maze: Healing of Memories

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Education for Reconciliation hosted a Public Discussion on “Can We Ever Know the Truth? Towards the Healing of Memories” with Rev Harold Good (Past President of the Methodist Church in Ireland) and Maureen Hetherington (Towards Understanding & Healing, Derry/Londonderry) on Wed. 11 June 2008 at the Linenhall Library.

This was the final lecture in the Moral Maze series.