I’ll be giving a seminar on ‘Learning from Presbyterian Responses to the Troubles,’ on 18 May in the Old Staff Common Room at Queen’s University. There will be a free lunch provided at 12.30, followed by my presentation at 1.00 pm.
I will share initial findings from a major research project on how Presbyterians responded to the Troubles. The project is being conducted in partnership with the Presbyterian Church’s Council for Public Affairs and has included interviews with 122 Presbyterians with a variety of experiences, including ordained ministers, victims and survivors, security forces, paramilitary ex-combatants, emergency responders and health workers, grassroots peacemakers, politicians, people who left Presbyterianism, and critical friends from outside the denomination. My presentation will focus on ministers and victims, exploring how they responded to violence through their words, prayers and deeds. It will identify insights from these past experiences that may contribute to current debates about reconciliation and dealing with the past.
Please register your interest (and any dietary requirements) with firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found at http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/ssesw/Discover/Events/
The research project has been funded by the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund.