On March 24 the Church of Ireland is hosting a conference focusing on the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant of 1912.
‘Sober Reflections’ will look at the historical detail and context of the Covenant and also try to reflect theologically on the how the Covenant might be addressed by the contemporary Christian conscience.
This one–day event will take place on Saturday March 24 2012, from 9.30am–4.30pm at Moira Parish Centre, Co Down.
• Professor Paul Bew (Lord Bew of Donegore) will give an overview of historical forces which gave rise to the Covenant and its significance to the political and social development of Ireland, north and south.
• Dr Andrew Scholes will examine the particular role and reaction of the Church of Ireland in the making and signing of the Covenant.
• Dr Andrew Pierce, Director of the Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE), will consider theological methods of addressing a divisive historical event in a more ecumenical age.
• Dr Johnston McMaster of the ISE based in Northern Ireland will share his recent work of theological reflection on The Covenant and of how modern Christians might engage positively with it.
The Conference will be chaired by Professor David Hayton of QUB.