These four sessions are designed with small groups in mind who would like to journey through Advent reflecting on the Advent Gospels. They are ideal for groups who would like to meet on a few occasions before Christmas and explore some of the richness of the Christmas story. The reflection on the Gospel texts help tap into our own experience of this joyful season.


Dates: Nov 24, Dec 01, 08, 15, 2015

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Place: Margaret Aylward Centre

Cost: €5 per session

The Scapegoat Workshop with Dave Donnellan

Venue: Margaret Aylward Centre, Glasnevin, Dublin 11

Date: Saturday, 28 March, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Cost: €30 (Deposit €15) - Bring packed lumch. Tea/coffee provided.

Scapegoating continues to be a foundational dynamic in human interactions. In this workshop on the eve of Passion Week we look at how the Passion Narrative for the first time in human history definitively revealed this mechanism to us in all its detail. In this participative and experiential workshop, in addition to a short input on Rene Girard, participants will be given an opportunity to explore their own experience of the topic. Using the work of Rene Girard to guide us we will look at the origin of the Scapegoat Mechanism, how scapegoating affects human interactions and the challenge of moving beyond scapegoating.

Cost: €30.00 – Deposit:  €15.00  |  Bring a packed lunch  Tea/coffee provided  |           Booking essential

Dave Donnellan is a member of the Partners in Faith adult faith education team. Over the past six years he has made a special study of the work of Girard and more recently presented a paper at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, the annual Girard conference, applying Girardian theory to the Corrib Gas controversy.

Date: Tuesdays 17, 24 Feb & 3, 10 Mar
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm including tea/coffee
Location: Margaret Aylward Centre


Reflections for Lent: God’s Dream for People with Partners In Faith

Looking at the experience of Moses and the Prophets we see how God’s dream for his people is realised. Then reflecting critically on our society we explore who the prophets are today and how they can help us to transform our communities in line with this dream. We will also have the opportunity during these sessions to create some prophetic songs and poems for today.

Cost: €5.00 per session  | Booking essential




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