Public Theology Initiative

This part of the site provides details about past events of the Irish School of Ecumenics’ Public Theology Initiative. This initiative is part of the Global Network for Public Theology.

Javier Garate Lecture on Effective Non Violence in the 21st Century

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Listen to Javier Garate’s lecture, given on October 13, 2011.

Peter Rollins Lecture on The Uprising of Christ: The Resurrection as Insurrection

Click here to read about and listen to Dr Peter Rollins’ lecture, given on May 4, 2010.

Gladys Ganiel Lecture on Faith and Community Relations

Click here to read about Dr Gladys Ganiel’s Lecture, ‘Faith and Community Relations,’ delivered on April 28, 2010 as part of Community Relations Week in Northern Ireland. Click here to read coverage of the event from the Church of Ireland Gazette.

Searle Lecture on Evangelicalism

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Joshua Searle, a doctoral candidate in history at Trinity College Dublin, presented a lecture in the public theology initiative, ‘The Scarlet Woman & the Red Hand: Apocalypticism & the Crisis of Ulster Evangelicalism, 1967-2007,’ on Wed. 8 April 2009.

Peter Admirand Seminar on Forgiveness

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Listen to the second Public Theology Initiative seminar in the 2009 Forgiveness Series, Peter Admirand speaks on ‘Forgiving the Unforgivable?’, 18 Feb 2009.

O’Tuama and Hatch on Forgiveness

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Pádraig Ó Tuama and Jon Hatch of the Forgiveness Education Project led a discussion on ‘Forgiveness Education in the Community’ on Wed. 28 Jan 2009, 12-1 p.m at the Irish School of Ecumenics, 683 Antrim Road, Belfast. The talk was part of ISE’s Public Theology Initiative, and the first of a short series of discussion talks on different aspects of forgiveness.

Gene Stoltzfus and Christian Peacemaker Teams

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Gene Stoltzfus discusses the Christian Peacemakers Teams (CPT) work in Iraq. This was a public event on 25 January 2009 to mark the end of the week of Christian Unity, co-hosted by the ISE and the Ballynafeigh Clergy Fellowship at Cordner Hall, Cooke Centenary Church, Belfast. You can listen to the Discussion that followed the talk by clicking the related page tab to the right.

Ganiel Talk on Visioning Ecumenism

Dr Gladys Ganiel presented a lecture on ‘Visioning 21st Century Ecumenism’ on Wed. 3 December at the Belfast campus of the Irish School of Ecumenics. Dr Ganiel provided preliminary details about a research project which the Irish School of Ecumenics will launch in the New Year. Click below to read her talk.

Vincent Seminar on Desecration during the Troubles

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Fred Vincent led a seminar on desecration during the Troubles on Wed. 12 Nov. 2008 It was based in part on research he is conducting as part of a Community Relations Council funded project with Dr Neil Jarman. The group discussed what desecration meant to them and particular incidents that had happened during the Troubles, including how such incident might be remembered in the present time.

Tombs Lecture on Liberation Theology

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Dr David Tombs, Lecturer in Reconciliation Studies, gave a lecture on Liberation Theology on Wed. 15 Oct. 2008 Audio of the talk will be posted here soon.

Ganiel Lecture on the Churches

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Dr Gladys Ganiel gave a lecture on ‘The Churches and Community Relations: Marginalisation or Reconciliation?’ on Wed. 30 April 2008. This event marked Community Relations Week.

Jayme Reaves Lecture

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Jayme Reaves, a doctoral candidate at the Belfast campus of the Irish School of Ecumenics, presented a lecture titled, ‘A Place at the Table: A Theology and Practice of Hospitality as Peacemaking’ on Wed. 12 March 2008. Ms. Reaves compared the practice of hospitality within the Abrahamic religions and reflected on how the practice of hospitality could contribute to reconciliation. She stimulated discussion about hospitality as the sacramental practice of sharing food and drink and hospitality as creating safe spaces or sancuaries.

Pete Rollins Lecture

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Dr Pete Rollins, a research associate with the Irish School of Ecumenics and a founder of the ikon community in Belfast, gave a lecture in the Public Theology Initiative on Wed 13 Feb 2008. The lecture was titled ‘On the supreme difficulty of atheism and why only the religious can attain it’.

Alan Wolfe Lecture

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The Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE) hosted a lecture by Alan Wolfe on ‘Who’s Afraid of American Religion?’ Prof. Wolfe was visiting the UK to speak to the British Library, and he was hosted in Belfast by the US Consulate on September 6 2008. Alan Wolfe is professor of Political Science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. His most recent books include, Does American Democracy Still Work? (Yale University Press, 2006), and Return to Greatness: How America Lost Its Sense of Purpose and What it Needs to Do to Recover It (Princeton University Press, 2005).