In November 2014 the theme was reconciliation and we were lucky to be joined by some very competent international speakers:
Rev. Mpho Tutu
Theologian, preacher, teacher and executive director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacu Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa. Rev. Mpho Tutu inspired us to think deeply about forgiveness and reconciliation through the four steps as described in The Book of Forgivning, which she co-authored with her father, archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Dr. Norman Richardson
Stranmillis University College, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Peace Education Officer with the Churches’ Peace Education Programme (1983-1994); Research Associate, Queen’s University Belfast (1994-1997); Religious Studies Lecturer, Stranmillis University College (1997 – present); researcher and author of a number of publications on religious studies, citizenship, and co-existence.
Dr. Norman Richardson helped us think about the role of schools and religious education in divided societies and introduced us to new didactic tools.
Professor Tony Gallagher
Professor Tony Gallagher Pro-vice Chancellor, Queens University, Belfast; Resarch areas: The role of education in divided societies; aspects of equality and inclusion through education, focusing on Northern Ireland, the Middle East (United States Institute of Peace) and South East Europe (Council of Europe, British Council and various UN agencies); Author of a number of publications on education, religious studies, and school partnerships in divided Communities.
Professor Tony Gallagher gave us an overview of education in post-conflict societies and send us on a journey to an island society with the challenge to understand how the interpretation of values and rules are related to exclusion and inclusion.
Dr. Ziad Fahed
Dr. Zizad Fahed has a Doctorate in Theology. He is Associate Professor at Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon. His main research interests are religions and politics, Inter- religious dialogue and pluralism, the role of the Church during the war in Lebanon, the theology of the mission, and the contribution of the Church in building the Lebanese political system. At the present, he is studying the impact of monotheistic religions on the Lebanese society, as well as the challenges they pose to the coexistence among different Lebanese religious communities.
Dr. Ziad Fahed introduced the students to issues concerning reconciliation in Lebanon and different approaches to inter-religious dialogue.
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