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On 8 April 2015 Contemporary Christianity held a series of events with Dr Adrienne Chaplin, a philosopher of art, and Tom Kelly, Kevin Hasson and William Kelly, often known as the Bogside artists. This was a unique opportunity to learn about the story of faith and hope behind the city's well-known - but often little understood - Bogside murals. Below is a video of the lunchtime event and a recording of the evening event. Art, Faith and Healing: Adrienne Chaplin in conversation with Tom Kelly. Tom spoke talk about the role of faith in his work, and the potential of art and storytelling to promote healing and peace. Art, Faith and Truth: A talk by Adrienne Chaplin gave an address exploring how the murals, and other art throughout the ages, can disclose truth beyond words.
On 19 March Karin and Vinoth Ramachandra spoke at a special In Conversation With ... event. Vinoth spoke on "Converting the Church"
On 19 March Karin and Vinoth Ramachandra spoke at a special In Conversation With ... event. Karin spoke on "The Poor You Will Always Have With You"
Conflict in the Congregation: Opportunity and Danger?This event was held on Tuesday 24 February, 7:30pm Many churches face the challenge of conflict. The resulting stress for both those in leadership and in the fellowship are often deep and lasting. Joe brought bring his years of experience in opening up this important issue. Joe is a former teacher and youth worker. He spent 20 years in community relations and peace building mainly with Mediation Northern Ireland. He was profoundly influenced by spending a year on sabbatical at a Mennonite seminary in USA. Joe helped establish the Presbyterian Church's Conciliation Service and presented a report and recommendations to PCI's General Assembly in 2013 based on its experiences. From 2006 to 2010 Joe worked on peacebuilding issues with United Mission to Nepal, also working with the Nepali government's Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction.
On 10 October 2014 Adrienne Chaplin spoke on the subject 'Truth in Art and Religion' in Derry/Londonderry. Her talk included references to many pieces of art, with particular reference to the work of the Bogside Artists. Tom Kelly, one of the Bogside Artists, responded to Adrienne's talk.
Equal to Rule: Leading the Jesus Way.Why men and women are equal to serve in leadership in the Christian Church This event took place on Tuesday 25 November, 7:30pm In May 2014 at the Presbyterian Church's General Assembly Trevor launched his book Equal to Rule. Disagreements over women's ordination or women in church leadership usually bring up two prominent attitudes: on the one hand, a number of people assume that the plain teaching of Scripture prohibits it; on the other hand, for a number of people, it simply feels right and they do not get to grips with biblical teaching. Both parties end up in the same place; reluctant to study the biblical text freshly, objectively, with the willingness to go where it leads. Dr Trevor Morrow has written Equal to Rule in order to show why churches like the Presbyterian Church in Ireland ascribe to full equality for men and women in leadership in the churches on the basis of the teaching of scripture. It is the fruit of years not only of biblical study and preaching, but also of experience in applying the gospel to the lives of women and men in different cultural contexts. The Very Rev. Dr Trevor W. J. Morrow is the recently retired minister of Lucan Presbyterian Church. In 2000, he became the youngest ever Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and studied Theology at the University of Edinburgh. Carys, his wife, is Welsh. His son, Peter, who is married to an American, is Canadian. His daughter, Ceri, is a Dubliner with an Enniskillen husband.
Untold Story - the Church in the Middle EastTuesday 23 September, 7:30pm Many of us are overcome by recent reports from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon Gaza and other Middle Eastern countries. As we look on at the sectarian divides and conflicts that are now being exposed in the Arab world; the open hostility in Syria and Iraq; the way that the region’s national borders drawn up a century or so ago are dissolving – what is happening to the Church in the Middle East? What is the real story of what is happening.
- What can we do?
- How do should we pray?
- Are we now reaping what we sowed in the past ?
- As Christians in “the West”, what can we learn from our brothers and sisters in extremis?
- Are there examples from the Christians which demonstrate love peace and reconciliation to those outside it, when living under such pressures?
The end of Memory and Mourning?This 'In Conversation With ...' took place in Holy Week 2014, providing an opportunity to reflect together on the significance of remembering and mourning in times of transition. Geraldine Smyth is a native of Belfast, a Dominican sister and Associate Professor at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. She is a trained psychotherapist. Her research interest is in Ecumenics especially in relation to the intersections of theology, psychology, faith and politics, particularly in addressing divisions, and the challenge of reconciling memories and of forgiveness in building a peaceful future.
Our 2014 series of In Conversation With ... events focuses on Faith and History.