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1. Ecumenical Movement and Reconciliation in Ireland and Beyond


Information and Speakers

This webinar, Ecumenical Movement and Reconciliation in Ireland and Beyond is part of the webinar series to celebrate Irish School of Ecumenics – ISE at 50. The School was founded in 1970 by Fr. Michael Hurley SJ. Inspired by the ground-breaking ecumenical vision of the Second Vatican Council (1962), he opened a new window of ecumenical understanding, overcoming prevailing suspicion of ecumenism in Ireland, and other wider challenges, to see that ISE was established as a graduate institute of ecumenical teaching and scholarship, as well as dialogue and service in society. Fr. Hurley’s vision was of a place where people from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives could explore the meaning and possibilities of peace and reconciliation together.

From seeds sown and nurtured in times of challenge and change, ISE has spread in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and beyond, shaping initiatives of reconciliation and partnerships for transformation throughout the period of violent conflict and in the making of peace through research and teaching programmes at every level, and community-based projects of intercultural and ecumenical understanding, interreligious encounter and engagement in peacebuilding. Living up to its founding motto, ISE has flourished, now recognised nationally and globally through the work of its staff, students and graduates. Within the School of Religion in Trinity College Dublin, ISE continues to make its mark in research collaboration and in ecumenical and social renewal worldwide: ‘Like wheat that springs up green.’

As Michael Hurley observed in 2008, “All the institutions of the ecumenical movement are not only born to die” but “they live to die as soon as ever possible, as soon as the task is completed.” Although now 10 years since Michael Hurley passed away, challenges remain soul-sized in multiple and resurgent divisions not alone in Ireland, but geopolitically, and across the planet earth, demonstrating that the ecumenical task is not yet complete. ISE continues to reflect, theologically, politically, and socially, on the role of the ecumenical movement for reconciliation within the wider Oikumene (the whole inhabited earth), engaging in inter-Church reconciliation, inter-religious dialogue and partnership, and promoting justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

In the webinar, we are fortunate to be able to draw on the depth of wisdom and range of expertise embodied in our contributors:

Prof. Linda Hogan, Professor of Ecumenics, School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Salters Sterling, ISE Trust Steering Committee; formerly Academic Secretary, Trinity College Dublin

Rt Rev. Trevor Williams, Bishop Emeritus of Limerick and Killaloe; formerly Leader of Corrymeela Community

Dr. Damian Jackson, Programme Officer, Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter–Church Meeting

Rev. Dr. Simone Sinn, Professor of Ecumenical Theology, the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Geneva; Programme Executive of the Faith and Order Commission, World Council of Churches

The roundtable discussion will be chaired by:

Prof. Geraldine Smyth OP, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin; formerly Head of Irish School of Ecumenics.

Mr. Dermot McCarthy, Chair of ISE Trust Steering Committee, will open the ISE at 50 Webinar.

Prof. Siobhán Garrigan, Head of School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin, will offer a congratulatory message.

Ecumenical Movement and Reconciliation in Ireland and Beyond

Webinar, 28 January 2021.

2. Centenary of Partition and a Shared Island


Information and Speakers

One hundred years ago, the island of Ireland went through a process of partition creating a 26 county Irish state and Northern Ireland that remained in the UK. Although the Irish Peace Process has been considered one of the most successful cases in the world since the 1998 Belfast Agreement/Good Friday Agreement, the conflicting opinions of partition remain alive in the rhetoric of the politics, economies, cultures, and societies on the island. This ISE at 50 webinar, ‘Centenary of the Partition and a Shared Island’ explores the challenges and opportunities for greater mutual understanding, reconciliation, and peaceful coexistence of people living on the island.

In the roundtable webinar, chaired by Etain Tannam (Trinity College Dublin), we are fortunate to be able to draw on the depth of wisdom and range of expertise embodied in our contributors: Johnston McMaster (Irish School of Ecumenics), Cate Turner (Healing Through Remembering), Niall Ó Dochartaigh (National University of Ireland Galway), Mary Murphy (University College Cork), and Duncan Morrow (University of Ulster).

This webinar, ‘Centenary of the Partition and a Shared Island’ is part of the webinar series to celebrate Irish School of Ecumenics – ISE at 50. ISE was founded in 1970 by Fr. Michael Hurley, with a vision of a place where people from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives could explore the meaning and possibilities of peace and reconciliation together. ISE continues to uphold Fr. Hurley’s vision within the School of Religion in Trinity College Dublin

SPEAKERS

Johnston McMaster, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Irish School of Ecumenics; School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin

Cate Turner, Director of Healing Through Remembering; ISE Trust Steering Committee

Niall Ó Dochartaigh, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland Galway

Mary Murphy, Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University College Cork

Duncan Morrow, Professor of Politics, Director of Community Engagement, University of Ulster

Chaired by Etain Tannam, Associate Professor in International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin

Centenary of Partition and a Shared Island

Webinar, 25 March 2021.