Lisburn Churches come together
More than thirty lay people and clergy from the Church of Ireland, the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Catholic parish, and the Plymouth Brethren in Lisburn, Co Antrim, have been on a five-week programme of getting to know and understand each other better. Michael Bingham SJ, a member of the Portadown Jesuit community, was one of three facilitators from the churches mediation group. The programme was supported by the Lisburn branch of Churches Together, and Lisburn City Council provided facilities and funding. One feature of the course was personal testimonies on faith and politics from SDLP, Ulster Unionist, DUP and Alliance city councillors. There was also a session on forgiveness and a conversation with community centre leaders from YMCA and a republican area. The course ended with a meal together – pictured here.