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4 Corners

This week is THE big week for the 4 Corners Festival. We have already had an amazing time in the Festival; a homeless feast in City Hall; marked the 100th World Day of Migrants and Refugees;listened topoliticians tell their stories at Stormont;  been provoked to think anew with Roddy Cowie opening up the psychology of Peacemaking in the Sermon on the Mount; been partnered with Tenx9 at The Black Box; prayed for our public leaders at our Prayer Breakfast; and celebrated Robbie Burns at Sacred Heart Parish. It has been an amazing time so far.

This week we catch the wind and pick up speed. This is an intensive week of another varied array of diary opportunities and different imaginative contributions to bringing our city together. These events are for those with a faith and those with none. Use the resource that 4 Corners Festival is while you can...

MONDAY - 4 CORNERS, 4 STORIES with Belfast Church Leaders @ 7:30pm, South Belfast Methodist Church,238 Lisburn Road

After getting behind the public definitions of some of our politicians at Stormont earlier in the Festival we turn to our Church leaders. Clergy across the denominations will tell us their stories and we will get behind the public labels that divide Christ and find  the common personal faith in Christ and how journeys in that faith differ but have Christ in common.

WEDNESDAY - SORRY FOR YOUR TROUBLES, PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA @ 7pm, An Cultúrlann, 216 Falls Road

Reading from his recent book Sorry For Your Troubles we will find Padraig open up the stories of so many deeply impacted by our troubles. Empathy, catharsis and hope will find their way into an evening of brilliant poetry.

THURSDAY - LISTENING TO YOUR ENEMIES WITH PAT MAGEE AND JO BERRY @ 7:30pm, Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road

Jo Berry’s dad was killed in the Brighton bomb in October 1984. Pat Magee was one of the bombers. In recent years they have began a journey towards understanding one another. It is not a Hollywood ending but it is a stumbling route in reconciliation. This will be a fascinating evening and one we need to learn from if we are to find ways though our fractured friendships and deep hurts.

FRIDAY - WORSHIP IN THE WEST: “THAT ALL OF THEM MAY BE ONE”  @ 7.30pm Friday 31st January at St Oliver Plunkett’s Parish Church in Lenadoon

An invite to come across the Corners of Belfast where you worship God and join in an evening of praise in Lenadoon. Again from behind our different Churches we can find common fellowship in worship.

SATURDAY -  PEACE WALL PRAYERS - IS CHRIST DIVIDED @ 8.30am, Belfast City Hall and then 10.30am in all 4 Corners

The theme for Week of Prayer For Christian Unity is “Is Christ Divided?” Certainly our city is. So we are beginning the day at City Hall to pray for our 4 Corners. Then at 10.30 we are gathering on the fault lines to pray in places that need healing most. Please join us and join our city in prayer.

SATURDAY - WHERE THERE ARE STORIES THERE ARE SONGS (and POEMS) @ 8 in 174 Trust, Antrim Road, 156 Antrim Road

Songwriters Anthony Toner and Dave Thompson are joined by poet El Gruer to perform their work and chat about how place and stories influence their art. Three outstanding talents will entertainment and while we are mesmerised by their gifts we might learn something about ourselves and our city.  

here's the programme pdf... 

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