Topical issues highlighted at ISE events

Tuesday April 24th 2007

Dr David Tombs.A number of topical issues will be in the spotlight in a series of events being staged at the Irish School of Ecumenics during May.

On Tuesday May 1, from 6pm-7.30pm, Dr David Tombs will lead a public lecture, response and discussion on the subject ‘Prisoner Abuse:From Abu Ghraib to The Passion of the Christ.’

This lecture is being co-hosted by the Irish Council of Churches, and takes place during the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Decade to Overcome Violence. It also marks the visit to Ireland of the Rev Dr Sam Kobia, General Secretary of the WCC.

Following Dr Tombs’ lecture, Dr Kobia will give a short response to the paper and this will be followed by general discussion. Dr Duncan Morrow of the Community Relations Council will chair the evening as part of Community Relations Week.

On Wednesday May 16, the ISE is showing Esma’s Secret, a film by director Jasmila Zbanic set in Sarajevo’s Grbavica neighborhood, where life is still being reconstructed after the 1990s violence. Originally released as Grbavica, The Land of My Dreams, it was winner of the European John Templeton Film Award for 2006, an ecumenical award judged by the Geneva-based Conference of European Churches.

This film, which begins at 7pm, is shown in partnership with Healing Through Remembering.
Tony Kempster will tackle the subject ‘Sustainable Disarmament or Sustainable Development’ on Wednesday May 23 from 11am-1pm.

This presentation and discussion is presented by the Irish Network for Nonviolent Action Training and Education and the ISE.

A retired scientist, and now a peace activist, Tony is Chairperson of the Movement for the Abolition of War, and General Secretary of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship.  For many years he was a Steering Committee member of the Campaign Against Arms Trade with responsibility for strategic planning, and continues to lecture widely on arms trade matters and militarism.
He is also a Vice-president of the International Peace Bureau (Geneva) and it is in this role that he is speaking on May 23. 

All are welcome to any of these events, but as places are limited please reply to Arlene Poole, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, 683 Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 4EG tel (028) 9077 0061 email

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