Added on 22/11/2013
‘Do Christian faith and culture still speak to one another?’ This is the subject of Faith and Culture, a unique youth conference to be hosted by four senior church leaders in Ireland. Over 200 school pupils from across the community will take part in the event on Tuesday 26th November at St Mary’s College, Derry / Londonderry.
The four senior church leaders include Archbishop Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh; Rev Dr Rob Craig, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh and Rev Dr Heather Morris, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland. They will join with the two hundred sixth formers for this very special meeting together to explore faith and culture.
The church leaders will join two hundred 6th Formers from schools across the city as they explore and celebrate the relationship between faith and culture. The event originated from discussions between Bishop Ken Good and some of his colleagues. They believed that there was an important opportunity during this City of Culture Year to explore with young people if culture speaks spiritually to them.
Talking of the event Bishop Good said, ‘The Churches have thoroughly embraced the special celebration of culture in our city this year. This is not surprising given the rich intertwining roots of culture and faith. For fifteen hundred years Christian faith had a profound impact on culture. A great deal of art, literature and music had its roots in Christian spirituality. In fact the Church was one of the main patrons of culture for centuries. In this more secular age the impact of faith on culture is easily forgotten. This event will explore how culture and faith can still relate positively to one another.’
The students will have an opportunity to explore how faith may be expressed through a variety of cultural experiences such as music, dance, art, pottery, weaving, and much more. The programme will take them on a journey of reflection and discussion culminating in a sharing of how culture and faith have moved them. Each of the four senior church leaders will also talk about how a particular expression of culture has moved them.
Faith and Culture will take place at St Mary’s College, Northland Road, Derry / Londonderry on Tuesday 26th November 2013.
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