Here in Northern Ireland we cannot but be aware of the multiple strands of our social and cultural history with every breath we breathe. The lived experience of some of us, and the shared stories of some others relating to the impact of the relatively recent ‘Troubles’ and their aftermath, are part of the warp and woof of our everyday lives.
For all of us who share life on the Island of Ireland, throughout the British Isles and on the mainland of Europe, however, the ‘Decade of Remembrance’ associated with the First World War (1914-1918), which is currently unfolding across the entire European landscape, challenges us to name and claim, in a whole new way, the tangled roots of our history as a people. We have a choice to enter upon this journey in a way which can foster celebration of difference, develop an empathy for the deep trauma everywhere endured, and journey together towards experiencing that deep and lasting transformation of consciousness which can happen for us all.
To assist us in walking confidently into this challenging arena, Dr Eamon Phoenix, lecturer in history and Head of Lifelong Learning at Stranmillis University College, Belfast, will share some of his vast learning from a historical perspective in a two hour inspirational lecture at the Tara Centre in February 2016.
It is our intention to invite a number of other leaders in the field from the perspective of both traditions to inspire and inform us on this shared journey of exploring our past in a manner which will empower us to grow in mutual respect and support throughout 2016 and thereafter.
This event is organised by The Tara Centre.