Is reconciliation in a 'post-conflict' Northern Ireland possible?
'To work towards the common good is to work for peace' - Jean Vanier
Although there has been recognition of the need to develop reconciliation in Northern Ireland there has been no convincing explanation of what this might mean or how it would work. It is clear that the political parties are unable to come to agreement on reconciliation given their divisive and contradictory positions but can the Christian churches find a way of talking about reconciliation which will help build peace and tolerance?
The day will be dedicated to exploring Catholic and Protestant churches perspectives on reconciliation and will question whether a consensual framework drawn from religion rather than politics is possible and would indeed better help Northern Ireland to deal with it's past and the legacy of conflict.
Scheduled event agenda:
Introduction from Professor Catherine Harper, Dean of Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth. David Carpenter, Principal Lecturer at University of Portsmouth and The Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral.
Dr Graham Spencer, University of Portsmouth
Connal Parr - Resesarch Fellow, Northumbria University
Baroness May Blood - MBE, Labour Member of House of Lords
Denis Bradley - Former Vice-Chairman of the Public Board for the Police Service of Northern Ireland
Lord Robin Eaves - former Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland 1986 - 2006