Mike Garde, Theologian and Director of Dialogue Ireland Trust is joined by another Dialogue Ireland Executive Committee member, Denis Robinson to contribute to this forum.
On the 19th/20th of February:
An Interfaith Forum hosted by Trinity’s Theological Society and the TCD Equality Fund will be hosting a forum entitled
“All Faiths and None”, where we hope to address the growing diversity of religions in Ireland and focus on ways to dialogue.
Below are the particular details:
Tuesday (19th February): Prof. Hans Kochler (Prof. of Philosophy at the Uni. of Innsbruck) on Interfaith Dialogue, 7pm in Emmet Burke Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College
Wednesday (20th February):
10am – Opening Remarks and statistician Cormac Halpin (Census Division of the CSO) looking at the change in religion in the census over the last 20 years
11am – Paper Readings in the GMB, off Front Square, Trinity College
|Debating Chamber||Upstairs Conversation Room||Downstairs Conversation Room|
|11.00||Vlado Kmec – Relation between migration and migrants’ religious identity||Hilary Abrahamson – the Jewish community in Ireland||Dr Hemant Kumar – Hinduism|
|11.40||Dr Kevin Williams- secularism and citizenship||John Suttle – Irish State introduces religious apartheid into schools||Samim Loftus – Bahá’í faith|
|12.20||Sh. Umar al Quadri- Muslim Integration in Ireland||Aksobhin Tracy – Buddhism||Fr Godfrey O’Donnell and Adrian Cristea- Orthodox Christianity|
2pm – Panel Debate on “Religion and Education”
Chaired by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin Labour TD
Speakers: Heino Schonfeld, Chairperson of CECDE (Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education)
Gerry Foley, Headmaster of Belvedere Jesuit’s Boys school
Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together
Ali Selim, Senior Staff Member at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, Clonskeagh, in charge of Adult Education
Ken Fennelly, Church of Ireland Board of Education and Education Officer
Mike Garde, Theologian and Director of Dialogue Ireland Trust
3.30pm – Panel Debate on “Religion and State”
Chaired by Dr Jude Lal Fernando, Irish School of Ecumenics
Speaker: Michael Nugent, Chairperson of Atheist Ireland
Dr Kevin Williams, Scholar of Secularism
Ivana Bacik, Senator
John Waters, Irish Times Columnist
Mufassil Islam, PhD candidate
Julian Hamilton, Trinity’s Methodist Chaplain
Denis Robinson, Dialogue Ireland exec member speaking from the perspective of a family affected by cultism.
4.45pm – Closing Remarks by Dr Peter Admirand, Mater Dei/Irish School of Ecumenics
1. The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion.
2. 1° Freedom of conscience and the free profession and practice of religion are, subject to public order and morality, guaranteed to every citizen.
2° The State guarantees not to endow any religion.
3° The State shall not impose any disabilities or make any discrimination on the ground of religious profession, belief or status.
4° Legislation providing State aid for schools shall not discriminate between schools under the management of different religious denominations, nor be such as to affect prejudicially the right of any child to attend a school receiving public money without attending religious instruction at that school. 5° Every religious denomination shall have the right to manage its own affairs, own, acquire and administer property, movable and immovable, and maintain institutions for religious or charitable purposes.
6° The property of any religious denomination or any educational institution shall not be diverted save for necessary works of public utility and on payment of compensation.
Filed under: Conferences & Commentaries, Education, Human Rights, Religion Tagged: | 2° The State guarantees not to endow any religion. Article 44.2