What response, if any, should the churches make to the commemoration of the Easter Rising?
Philip will outline some of the key events, characters, causes and results of Easter 1916. He will then lead a discussion on possible approaches churches might take to the commemoration.
The evening will include a short slideshow illustrating the the main events and characters of the time.
In 2012 Contemporary Christianity commissioned and delivered a tour of the play '1912: A Hundred Years On' as our contribution to the beginning of the Decade of Centenaries.
You are invited to join us for this evening to help us shape our thinking based on the research into 1916 that Philip has recently done.
Dignity: Taking a stand against gender violence
The challenge for the church and for missionAll of us have met someone who has been a victim of gender based violence. We just may not know it! One in 3 women worldwide has experienced violence. Domestic abuse, whatever the nature of it, is against God’s plan. David McAllister, Laura Gill, Gemma Brown and Tim Magowan will host a coffee shop conversation in the Upstairs Coffee Lounge in Holywood Baptist Church between 7.30 and 9.30. This will be an opportunity for folk unable to make it to the conference and for folks who want to continue a conversation started at the conference. Click here for details of the day conference
An In Conversation With ... EMBRACE and the Law Centre NI on the theme Exiles WELCOMING Exiles!The Bible clearly challenges people of faith to love the stranger and welcome them. The evening discussion will focus on local stories of what is and what can be done by churches in helping refugees and migrants. The UK Government's response to the Europe wide migrant and refugee crisis has been one of the main news items in recent months. Councils in Northern Ireland have been told to prepare to accept refugees. This evening will help us understand what can be done and appropriate responses that Christians and churches can make. Richard Kerr, past Chairman of EMBRACE , and now Convenor of the PCI Global Concerns Committee, will open up the discussion. EMBRACE is a group of Christians from different denominations working together to promote a positive response to people who are seeking asylum, refugees, migrant workers and people from minority-ethnic backgrounds living in Northern Ireland. Glenn Jordan and Ursula O'Hare from the Law Centre will bring insights and advice on good practice. The Law Centre (NI) provides specialist legal support to organisations and disadvantaged individuals, including in the areas of immigration and trafficking. The International Meeting Point is a project of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. It provides a hub for people from all nations to drop in and meet new friends. It is a place to relax and spend some time practising English; mixing with different cultures and for people to help each other by sharing their experience of Belfast and discussing the meaning of life.