Tatamagouche lessons from Ireland

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TATAMAGOUCHE – Practices in Northern Ireland are inspiring a program in Tatamagouche.

For more than 50 years the Corrymeela Community near Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, has been engaged in making peace.

Throughout the Northern Ireland the cross-community, inter-faith, youth, and family work of this ecumenical Christian community has inspired peace and reconciliation programs worldwide, including Tatamagouche Centre’s Dialogue for Peaceful Change.

Last year, the Tatamagouche Centre offered a pilgrimage to Corrymeela to witness peacemaking as a lived experience. Pilgrimage is often more about the journey than the destination.

The work done by the Corrymeela community in bringing together individuals from the various sectarian groups, including youth, in a safe, hospitable and trusting space of quiet and beauty in order to play, to eat, to listen and to understand each others’ stories.

However, the reality is that many people in the northern part of Ireland prefer to stick within their home communities, which perpetuates a cycle of fear, misunderstanding, and old animosities into new generations. But Corrymeela’s efforts go right to the heart, bringing people together to increase their understanding of each other’s historical perspectives.

“Tatamagouche Centre is proud to be a sister organization to Corrymeela”, said Tatamagouche Centre’s program director, Ishbel Munro, in a news release. “Both centres have worked on issues of social justice and spiritual deepening for decades.”

In fact, the community conflict resolution training the centre offers, called Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC), was created by a former director of the Corrymeela Centre. Collin Craig brought together the best methodologies from around the world in community based conflict mediation, to provide innovative tools and strategies for analyzing and addressing conflicts.

The response to last year’s pilgrimage to Corrymeela was such a success that Tatamagouche Centre will lead another delegation from the Maritimes to Northern Ireland in May. There will be an orientation session held in February to prepare pilgrims for the tour. For more information please contact Tatamagouche Centre at 1-800-218-2220, or visit TatamagoucheCentre.ca.





Organizations: Corrymeela Centre, Tatamagouche Centre

Geographic location: Northern Ireland, Ireland, Ballycastle

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