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.
A Soul for the Union?
Faith-based perspectives on the EU ReferendumAn 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!
Writer Philip Orr
Actor Brian Payne
Supported by Contemporary Christianity
In Philip Orr’s short but gripping play, Martin Luther looks back on the early years of his life. It is a story of a young man’s anguished search for peace of mind and his historic clash with the church hierarchy of the day.
As we know, Luther was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation.
This performance will take place in the theatre at Culturlann, the Irish Language centre at the junction of the Falls Road and Broadway. It is situated in a former Presbyterian Church.
The Centre for Contemporary Christianity is grateful for the opportunity to stage Philip’s play during the West Belfast Festival.
A vital part of the evening will be a panel discussion following the performance. A number of leaders inside the Protestant faith community will reflect on the significance of Luther and the Reformation for local Protestant communities in a time of social and cultural change.
By Philip Orr
Following a sold-out performance at Feile an Phobail in August, Contemporary Christianity is delighted to bring An Evening with Martin Luther to East Belfast as part of this year's CS Lewis Festival.
An Evening with Martin Luther is a one-man drama, performed by Brian Payne, in which the famous reformer, now in middle age, looks back at his youth. The play explores his relationship with his family, the church and the culture of Christian Europe in an era of change. It will be followed by a panel discussion about the creation of the play and the issues that it may raise for today.
East Belfast Network Centre is situated on Templemore Avenue. It is easily accessible by public transport on the Newtownards Road and Albertbridge Road. On-street parking is available.
Tuesday 6 November
East Belfast Network Centre
Book tickets at: http://eastsidearts.net/