James AlisonThe Catholic theologian, priest and author James Alison is visiting Ireland in late June and will be giving a retreat in the Sophia Wisdom Centre. The retreat is entitled "Loving the Church and Surviving in the Church: Why bother? A Gay Perspective". He will also be participating in "An Evening with James Alison" in the Swift Theatre, TCD.


James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest, and author. Having lived with the Dominican Order between 1981 and 1995, he currently travels the world as a self-described itinerant preacher, lecturer, and retreat giver. He studied at Oxford University and earned his bachelors and master’s degrees and doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Theology Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has lived and worked in México, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and the United States as well as his native England. Alison is the author of "Knowing Jesus, Raising Abel: The Recovery of the Eschatological Imagination", "The Joy of Being Wrong: Original Sin through Easter Eyes", "Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay", and most recently, "On Being Liked."



Retreat Seminar

Loving the Church and Surviving in the Church: Why bother? A Gay Perspective.


Sophia Wisdom Centre

25 Cork Street

Dublin 8


Date: Wed 29 June

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Cost: €30 (€15 unwaged)

Includes light lunch.

An Evening With James Alison



The Swift Theatre


Dublin 2


Date: Thur 30 June

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Cost: €6 (€3 unwaged)



Download PDF brochure here


Learning to Navigate the Crises in Today's Ireland.

The recent crises in Ireland are a stark illustration of how so many people in today's Ireland are denied a place at table. The table where the resources of the country are shared out, the table where the voices of those present are heard and respected, the table where decisions are taken that affect the lives of all of us. As more and more people are being increasingly marginalised from their rightful place around the table how do we navigate a path forward in this current oppressive situation? To explore this area in an experiential way PIF have invited Sean Ruth to facilitate this year's Partners in Faith Summer School.


Venue: Mary Immaculate Parish, Inchicore

Date: Wednesday 20th and Thursday, 21st of July 2011

Time: Registration 9.30am Wednesday. Programme starts 10am both days and finishes 4pm.

Cost: €30 (€20 unwaged)

(Cost includes lunch of soup and sandwiches on both days)


The General Election

In a few short weeks we will all have an opportunity to have our say at the ballot box. But who should we vote for?

To help us decide we have invited Dr. John Bissett, a well known sociologist and local community activist, to give us an overview of the current political and economic situation in Ireland. John was a co-organiser of the recent very successful 'Spectacle of Defiance and Hope' event, a short video account of which can be viewed on the 'videos' section of this website.


Tuesday 15th February

Sophia Wisdom Centre

Cork Street




Welcome to a delightful day with Jon ...


Tai Chi movements, stillness, discussion, reflection and prayer.

This session provides an opportunity for participants to journey into themselves to meet the energies within and around in a new and dynamic way. These energies can then be brought back into our daily lives with a transforming freshness.

A time to physically relax, quieten your mind, listen inside, to be completely present and aware; to self and surroundings, to be stable and peaceful, open to, and sharing the presence of God active within our lives.

Help you to gently let go of tension, cultivate; energy, awareness, clarity, creativity.


Satuday 19th February

Sophia Wisdom Centre

Cork Street

10am - 3pm

Waged: €20

Unwaged: €15

Winter Reflection Day


Saturday Dec 11th

10 - 4pm

Wisdom Centre

Cork St.



Led by Kathy Galloway

Author of Talking to The Bones

The day begins at 9.30am with registration and goes through to the afternoon. If you are interested in attending then do let us know by email to info[at]partnersinfaith[dot]ie or leave a message with the office at (01) 453 5348. The day costs €30 (or €20 if you are unwaged). Lunch is not included but there is a restaurant on site or you may wish to bring a packed lunch.



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