Course on ‘Remembering a Decade of Change & Violence in Ireland, 1912-1922,’ with Johnston McMaster & Cathy Higgins

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgA seven-week education and training programme on ‘Remembering a Decade of Change and Violence in Ireland, 1912-1922,’ will be delivered by Rev Dr Johnston McMaster and Dr Cathy Higgins each Tuesday from 21 October to 2 December at the Lansdowne Hotel, 657 Antrim Road in Belfast. The evening begins with tea/coffee/sandwiches from 6 pm and the training runs from 6.30-9.30 pm.

McMaster and Higgins have been working for the Junction in Derry on its ‘Ethical and Shared Remembering’ project for the last several years, and this course pulls together some of the most pertinent insights of their research so far. Both McMaster and Higgins are theologians, and their work features a blend of historical, theological and ethical reflection.

McMaster and Higgins have well-established reputations in adult and community education, most notably working for 15 years to develop the Irish School of Ecumenics’ ‘Education for Reconciliation’ programme.

I’ve previously reviewed McMaster’s book Overcoming Violence: Dismantling an Irish History and Theology on this blog, as well as McMaster and Higgins’ Signing the Covenant: But Which One?

The Junction lists a number of publications by McMaster and Higgins which are available for purchase on its website.

Core themes of the upcoming course include:

  • Imperialism and nationalism
  • Religion and labour relations
  • Ethical Framework for Remembering
  • Integrative complexity: a way of seeing
  • Covenant, guns and militarised politics
  • Rising, blood sacrifice and equality deferred
  • Covenant and proclamation in the 21st century
  • The Somme, slaughter and sectarianism
  • An Irish Parliament and a War of Independence
  • Partition, Civil War and Legacy
  • Violence against women, 1912-1922
  • Shaped by Patriarchy: Feminist Response
  • The dance with death: Yeats, Pearse and Milligan
  • An Alternative to Violence: Synge, Joyce and O’Casey

To register contact or ring 02871 361942.

The £50 registration fee includes training manual, DVD, and Ethical Framework Booklet. Places are limited so booking is required.

Funding support has been provided by the Columbanus Trust and Community Relations Council.

Gladys is a Research Fellow in the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast. She also blogs on religion and politics at