The role of the church in promoting good relations: Ballymoney talk

BALLYMONEY Church Forum is delighted to welcome The Reverend Doug Baker to the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney on Thursday 9th May at 7.30pm.

Rev Baker will deliver a presentation on “The Role of the Church in Promoting Good Relations” followed by a question and answer session. The evening is part of a series of networking events designed to bring people of faith together to discuss peace building.

The presentation has been organised by the newly formed Ballymoney Church Forum, part of the Faith Works Project. This project is funded under the European Union’s PEACE III Programme and is managed on behalf of the Special EU Programmes Body by the North East PEACE III Partnership.

Ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA (1976), Doug has been employed since 1979 as a Mission Co-Worker under the World Mission unit of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and assigned to reconciliation ministry in Northern Ireland.

He has also served in a variety of roles with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, including Convener of the Race Relations Committee (1992-1999), Convener of the Peace and Peace-making Committee (1999-2006), Member of the Conciliation Panel (1997- present) and Presbyterian Church in Ireland representative on the Belfast City Council Good Relations Steering Panel. (2002-2007).

The overall aim of the Faith Works Project is to increase the confidence and ability of individuals and communities to explore faith based issues. It supports faith based groups and networks to explore sectarianism and racism through a bespoke programme of learning, development and bottom up initiatives across the six council areas of Coleraine, Ballymoney, Ballymena, Moyle, Limavady and Larne.

The project involves work at local council level culminating in more collaboration and sharing of experiences at a cross council and cross border level. It will work with existing faith based forums and networks and will work to establish forums where none exist but are needed like the newly formed Ballymoney Church Forum.

Anyone with an interest in this topic is invited to attend and participate in the question and answer session at the conclusion of Doug’s presentation.

For more information please contact Tony McGonigle on 07841 999350 or email admin@alphani.net. Alternatively you can visit www.northeastpeace.com.