THE HEALING HAS BEGUN
Sunday Feb 12th 7:00pm
Skainos Centre 241 Newtonards Road BT4
Eamonn Mallie’s blog entitled Grace has been the talk of the town for some weeks. Written in the heat of the RHI Scandal breaking and the possible breakdown of the institutions, Mallie sought grace, hope and humanity from our politicians.
It was a powerful piece of writing, I love particularly the idea of grace working its way into politics, Eamonn yearned for “the principle of ‘Noblesse Oblige’ hit the Hill.” He defined ‘Noblesse Oblige’ As the “responsibilities of the rich, famous and powerful, notably to provide good examples of behaviour or to exceed minimal standards of decency. It has also been used to describe a person taking the blame for something in order to solve an issue or save someone else.” In our current malaise how good would acts like that be?
Those of us organising the 4 Corners Festival were delighted when Eamonn agreed to join an already strong bill of speakers for the final event of the Festival. he is going to give us some background on the article and maybe something on the repose that it has had.
Other speakers that evening are Pádraig Ó Tuama, author, poet and Leader of the Corrymeela Community; Maria Garvey, founder member of L’Ache in Belfast and now leader of Kridydom; and David Campton, minister of South Belfast Methodist and member of the 4 Corners Festival Board.
The idea is that with twelve minutes each, these speakers will take us out of the festival with some inspirational hopefulness.
Also on the bill are young Belfast songwriters Andy Patterson and Jonny Fitch with songs of hopefulness and healing.