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Inter-Belief Seminar in Contemporary Ireland - February 17 2016 - Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland

INTER-BELIEF DIALOGUE IN CONTEMPOARY IRELAND

A seminar organised in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation, Mary Immaculate College, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin City Interfaith Forum with support from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

Aim:

    to highlight the importance and relevance of religious and personal beliefs in everyday life; 

    to invite people to listen to and respectfully talk with people who hold different beliefs (religions and non-religious)

    to encourage people to understand and appreciate the variety of perspectives that individuals of different faiths and personal convictions hold

    to move people out of their comfort zone and invite them to dialogue about their own beliefs with people of different cultures and faiths

    to explore how the Irish educational system might support inter-belief dialogue among children in schools 

Venue: Lime Tree Theatre

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road

Wednesday 17 February 2016

10-10.20 am Tara Building Reception

Arrival

Photo/press (10.10 in Lime Tree)

Hugo Mbunga musical performance

10.20am Lime Tree Theatre

Official opening of seminar by Professor Michael Hayes, President of MIC

Welcome from Jenny Siung, on behalf of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Irish Network

Dialogue about belief – some basic pointers

11am Lime Tree Theatre

Key note Inter-religious encounter and dialogue in schools, Dr Julia Ipgrave, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick

11.40am

Q&A chaired by Dr Patricia Kieran, Mary Immaculate College

12-12.30pm Lime Tree Theatre

Fadillah Hajji ‘Hijabs and Hatricks;  Sport and inter-belief dialogue.’

 Etan Blass ‘Inter-belief Dialogue and the Jewish tradition’

12. 30-1pm Lime Tree Theatre

Patrick Sullivan, NCCA Inter-belief learning and dialogue in the new Education about Religion and Beliefs and Ethics Curriculum for Ireland.

1-2pm  Tailteann Sports Hall MIC

1-2pm   Tara Forum

1-2pm  Tara Forum 

Exhibition match between SARI’s (Sports against Racism) Diversity Football Team and Mary Immaculate College in Tailteann  

 Lunch:

A light lunch will be provided for participants in Tara Forum

 Music by Elikya and Hugo Mbunga

Sikh sacred song and drumming 

2-4pm Student Union Lounge Tara Building

Ways of Seeing II, inter-belief dialogue learning resources for schools

Jo-Anne Sunderland Bowe, British Museum/British Library and Jenny Siung, Chester Beatty Library (Head of Education)

2- 2.40pm 

Canteen

 

 

 

 

2-2.50pm

 

2-2.25pm Lime Tree Theatre

2.30-2.50pm Lime Tree Theatre

3-3.50pm Lime Tree Theatre

3.50pm Tara Reception 

Dialogue Workshops

Participants walk and talk in different zones of inter-belief dialogue with change of rooms/dialogue partners for 50 minutes. Participants may attend two dialogue sessions.

    Christian and Jewish dialogue

    Atheist and Buddhist dialogue

    Hindu and Muslim dialogue

    Sikh and Orthodox Christian dialogue

    Baha’I and Quaker dialogue

    Agnostic and Church of Ireland dialogue

    Humanist and Roman Catholic dialogue

    Evangelical Christian and Muslim dialogue

    Methodist dialogue

NCCA National Consultation Process on ERBE: Information and feedback though digital media, person to person or comment board.

 

Shaykh Dr. Umar Al Quadri, Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council and Head Imam of Blanchardstown Islamic Centre 

Dr. James Carr   Islamophobia in Ireland, University of Limerick, Department of Sociology

Mr Tomi Reichental ‘I was a boy in Belsen’. 

Juice  n’Fruit 

4-4.30pm Lime Tree Theatre

Feedback and  final words

Plenary panel feedback and Q &A session:

 Chair: Nadia Moussed a Non-religious perspective

    Patricia Rainsford (Mid-West Interfaith Network)

    Dr. Julia Ipgrave (Warwick University)

    Patrick Sullivan (NCCA) 

    Ratidzai Ohajunwa an Evangelical perspective

    Siobhan Wheeler a  Methodist perspective 

    Dr. Yoga Nathan a Hindu perspective (University of Limerick) 

    Gurmukh Singh Bimbra a Sikh perspective 

    Dr. Umar Al Quadri an Islamic perspective

    Tomi Reichental a Jewish perspective

    Adrian Cristea an Orthodox Christian perspective (Dublin City Interfaith Forum)

 

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