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TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to Corrymeela, Ballycastle to mark the 50th anniversary of the community. Photo by Aaron McCracken / Harrisons, posted by the Northern Ireland Office on Wikimedia Commons
29-May-2015

Dr Roddy Evans reflects on the recent visit by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Northern Ireland.

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (Photo: Carola Fritzsche)
24-Feb-2015

The German President, Joachim Gauck and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, both struck appropriate notes at a moving memorial service in Dresden on 13 February marking the 70th anniversary of the devastating World War II Allied bombing of that historic German city.

Imam Ajmal Masroor
16-Jan-2015

The attack on the Paris based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has left 12 people dead and the trail of destruction that has been left behind is colossal. The repercussion of their brutal and terrorist attack will reverberate in the hearts of people for decades. This is a despicable act of cowardice and grotesque attack on all our freedom.

John Munro
14-Jan-2015

Do we have freedom to offend? To belittle, to mock, to insult? Yes, we do, here in Britain, but we must accept the possible consequences of our actions. That’s what’s happened in Paris.

Barbara Down
12-Jan-2015

Like so many of us, I have been horrified by the recent events that have unfolded in France last week', writes Barbara Down. 'Nearly every day we see on our TV screens violent conflict around the rest of the world, but it has now become more evident as a reality here in Europe too. I fear for our future, wondering where we have gone wrong, that has resulted in people who were born and grew up here hating the system and presumably 'us' so much that they are willing to kill and even die for their cause.'

South Sudan training
15-Dec-2014

15 December is the anniversary of the renewed outbreak of violence in South Sudan. Rob Lancaster was recently in South Sudan to help facilitate a programme on dialogue and reconciliation. During the month-long training programme, there were striking examples from participants and facilitators of what is possible. Even honouring small stories of what people have done to foster reconciliation can encourage the shift towards a narrative of reconciliation and healing and away from a cycle of endless revenge.