Building Community Through Active Citizenship in a Contested Society

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 18:45 in Discussion Forums
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Where: Dialogue Society, London
by Dr Johnston McMaster, Irish School of Ecumenics and Co-ordinator of the Education for Reconciliation Programme, Northern Ireland and the Border Counties.

Abstract

The seminar will explore the contribution active citizenship can make to a divided society. Northern Ireland is not alone in being a contested society and in this context the challenge is to develop a vision of the common good inclusive of all faiths and none. What does an active and shared citizenship mean and what are the core components of active citizenship? The seminar will highlight the core values of diversity, interdependence, equality and justice as well as the importance of a culture of human rights, participative democracy and civic responsibility.

Biography

Dr Johnston McMaster is a lecturer with the Irish School of Ecumenics and Co-ordinator of the Education for Reconciliation Programme in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties. He is a regular presenter at international conferences and has been especially involved with South Korea and Sri Lanka. His areas of interest are peacebuilding, reconciliation, restorative justice, Irish history, contextual theology, socio-political hermeneutics and Celtic Christianity. He has written extensively, co-authored Communities of Reconciliation and has just published A Passion for Justice: Social Ethics in the Celtic Tradition. He is also a regular broadcaster

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