A few days ago I had the very real privilege of speaking at the prayer breakfast, which marked the start of the 2018 Four Corners’ festival, and am glad to have been given the opportunity to share the essence of that talk. Continue reading →
Last year I was involved in facilitating an introductory peacebuilding course in a Protestant church in Belfast. We invited members from other churches to come to a meeting that did not involve worship and share their experiences in building peace. I later found out that not everyone was comfortable with members of a Roman Catholic Church speaking in ‘their’ church. This surprised me and I discussed it with the minister. He explained that many people in his congregation like to ‘feel safe’ when they attend church; having people from a different faith tradition was uncomfortable for some as the perceived ‘safety’ in being with your own was challenged by different views and experiences. Continue reading →
How should we be building the Kingdom of God on earth - engaging with and transforming culture?
This event was held on 17 September at 2013.
Dr Maithrie White-Dundas
After completing a multidisciplinary doctorate, in Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, and Literature at the University of Nottingham Maithrie was Head of the Department of English at one of the National Universities in Sri Lanka. She is the Chair of Transforming the Mind (Annual National Christian Postgraduate Conference, UK) which she founded in 2003. She relocated to Belfast and is the Editor of the International Journal of Ethnic and Social Studies (Sri Lanka) . She is pursuing an MTh, for ordination in the Church of Ireland.
The church's services as chaplain to this democracy are no longer required. You've been given your P45; your severance pay is in the mail.
This is roughly what Walter Brueggemann said to a Presbyterian audience in America.* It is perhaps how the church in the UK feels when we hear, for example, that it is unlawful for prayers to be included on the agenda of council meetings. Continue reading →
On Tuesday 9 June, Mike Wardlow posed the question “Does the Christian church have anything distinctive to bring to current local education debates and institutions?"
The audio from his talk has been synchronised with the slides he used that evening.