This year’s festival began last week with the opening of an exhibition of artwork depicting contemporary spirituality in the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, a prayer breakfast, and a night exploring the stories of five “sometimes shocking” women that Matthew lists in the genealogy of Jesus.
The full programme is available on the 4 Corners Festival website. Some highlights still to come week ...
The current Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon and the two previous ones – Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Gavin Robinson – discuss their experiences in during their years as first citizen. Where did they see imagination and generosity? What surprised them? What encouraged them? How were they changed by their year?
On St Patrick’s Day last year, the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches signed an agreement to combat slavery and human trafficking. “This is the first time since the Reformation that the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches have united together on a project of world-wide import.” Representatives from Tearfund, Trócaire and Stop the Traffik will discuss the issue from the perspectives of at home in Northern Ireland and abroad.
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How do we react when we feel we’ve been wronged by others? Do we lash out? Are we eaten by a desire for revenge? The film A Step Too Far? investigates an alternative to revenge: the idea of forgiveness. Ordinary people from Northern Ireland to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania share how they have come to view forgiveness. Screening followed by a conversation with Lurgan film-maker Paul Moorehead.
‘You make known to me the path of life’. Psalm 16 v11. A journey through the Psalms in an evening of reflection and music with Scottish Gaelic Psalm singers. Explore how the Psalms reflect grief, anger, despair, healing, forgiveness, acceptance and hope. The organisers promise “each person will have an opportunity to lament aspects of the past as we connect with ourselves as a people still recovering from the pain of ‘The Troubles’ … Join us on our journey through the many different areas of human experience and our relationship with God.”