Fermanagh Churches Forum

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Conference: A Bridge Between Two Distinct Worlds

on September 20, 2015
Pont génois de Pianella, Ota, Corse-du-Sud, France

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Fermanagh Churches Forum (in association with Fermanagh and Omagh Council)

  Venue: Manor House Hotel Enniskillen

Date: September 29th 2015

10.00am – 4. 00pm


‘A Bridge Between Two Distinct Worlds: Remembering the Past and Looking towards the Future’.

A day conference exploring how we can remember the two crucial events of 1916, the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. The focus is less on history and more on how we use memory. It will look at the limitations of re-enactment, the paradoxes of memory, what we forget to remember, how we honour the dead without glorifying violence and how we take our own responsibility for building a different future without being controlled by voices from the grave. The exploration will bring ethics and memory together and build a bridge between two very distinct worlds, the past and the present/future.

10.00am – 10.25am        Registration – Tea / coffee on arrival

10.30am                           Welcome

10.40am – 11.10am       Dr. Johnston McMaster: ‘The Challenge to Ethically Remember in 2016’

11.10am – 12.00 noon  Interactive Group Discussion

12noon – 12.45pm        Questions and Answers. Facilitated Plenary Discussion  

12.45pm   – 1. 45pm      Lunch

1.45pm – 2.15pm           Dr. Johnston McMaster: ‘god and Nationalism: The Abuse of the Sacred in  

                                           War and Violence’              

2.15pm – 3.00pm          Interactive Group Discussion

3.00pm – 3.40pm        Questions and Answers. Facilitated Plenary Discussion

3.40pm – 4.00pm         A Way Forward for 2016?

4.00pm Closing Reflection


This conference is free of charge and open to everyone, but pre-booking is essential for catering purposes.  Please email me at info@fermanaghchurchesforum.org on or before Thursday 24th September.



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