What’s on

Jun
13
Mon
A Soul for the Union? @ Agape Centre
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A Soul for the Union?

Faith-based perspectives on the EU Referendum

An evening to help people of faith and others explore some of the issues to be considered in a deciding on how best to vote in the forth-coming referendum.

Keynote speaker - Ben Ryan (Theos Think Tank)

Ben first joined the Theos think tank as an intern in September 2013 and graduated to a researcher in early 2014. He read Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge and also has an MSc in European Studies from the LSE European Institute. He is the author of the Theos reports A Very Modern Ministry: Chaplaincy in the UK and A Soul for the Union.

Responders giving a N.I. perspective:

Colin Harvey (Professor of Human Rights Law, Queen's University Belfast) will respond with reference to Human Rights and Constitutional issues. Esmond Birnie (Chief Economist PWC in Scotland and N.I.) will respond with reference to Economic and Financial issues. There will be an opportunity for questions to Ben, Colin and Esmond. The Referendum is a democratic opportunity; the outcome will influence our relationships for years to come. Politics is inherently spiritual since God gives us the responsibility to govern within His sovereignty. This evening will explore issues of sovereignty and subsidiarity, business and bureaucracy, security, migrants and other national and local challenges we all face in making a decision on how to vote. It will encourage and help in making an informed response and not just one that thinks of self-interest!
Aug
12
Fri
Halfway House – Willowfield Parish Church @ Willowfield Parish Church
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm
Halfway House - Willowfield Parish Church @ Willowfield Parish Church | Belfast | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom
1916  A Hundred Years On is yet another creative response to the current decade of political centenaries that have shaped our country for better or for worse. It's a winter's night; snow has made driving across the Sperrins impossible. Louise and Bronagh, with similar but different backgrounds, end up in the back room of a pub. A conversation they never expected starts about their families and about 1916, the Somme and the Rising.
Nov
8
Tue
In Conversation With Philip Orr and Joe Austin @ Contemporary Christianity
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm

The Poppy and the Lilly

Joe Austin is a veteran of the Republican movement and a member of the National Graves Association. Philip Orr, having been a schoolteacher, is a local historian, a writer and facilitator. This is an opportunity to hear about the work Philip and Joe have done around these two poignant symbols. The evening will have both historical and contemporary contexts. You are invited to join us for this evening to think through this topic which is highlighted in a striking line in Philip's play Halfway House, when Bronagh turns to Valerie and says, "You can parade your courage in public but we can't!"
Nov
17
Thu
Halfway House @ East Belfast Network Centre
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm
Halfway House @ East Belfast Network Centre | Belfast | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom
1916  A Hundred Years On is yet another creative response to the current decade of political centenaries that have shaped our country for better or for worse. It's a winter's night; snow has made driving across the Sperrins impossible. Louise and Bronagh, with similar but different backgrounds, end up in the back room of a pub. A conversation they never expected starts about their families and about 1916, the Somme and the Rising.
Nov
24
Thu
Catherwood Lecture: Ain’t Gonna Study War No More @ Union Theological College
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

...AIN'T GONNA' STUDY WAR NO MORE...

Annual Catherwood Public Theology Event

Alan and Elaine Storkey

Responder: Norman Hamilton

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The accumulation of power by arms companies and the influence of militarism have continued for over a century. The time has come for people of faith to address these issues and to take seriously Jesus' words, "those who take the sword will perish by the sword." Dr Alan Storkey is an economist, sociologist and artist. He the author of War or Peace: The Long Failure of Western Arms. Elaine Storkey is a theologian, philosopher, social scientist and broadcaster. Norman Hamilton (OBE) is convenor for Public Affairs for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and was previously the minister of Ballysillan Presbyterian Church. Public Theology explores the relationship between Christian conviction and the broader social and cultural context in which the Christian community lives. The Catherwood Lecture in Public Theology has been an annual event since 1998.
Dec
14
Wed
Halfway House @ Portadown Town Hall
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm
Contemporary Christianity is pleased to announce the a further performance of  Philip Orr’s one-act play HALFWAY HOUSE.  A drama about 1916…set in 1966 HALFWAY HOUSE explores aspects of culture and community, and how they shape our sense of identity and our understanding of the past and present. HALFWAY HOUSE has been presented in numerous venues this year. This is the final public performance of 2016, featuring Antionette Morelli as Valerie and Louise Parker as Bronagh.