As we walked through Shannon Airport I painted red crosses on the runway every now and then. It was a statement of solidarity with all innocent victims of violence. It was a specifically faith-based action. Below is a video of the action.

- Dave Donnellan

The latest and final mention date for Dave Donnellan occurred Wednesday 11th January last and the one clear thing to emerge was the hearing date: Tuesday 23 May. Aside from that very little else was either clear or satisfactory about proceedings. At the previous mention the judge had ordered Dave to make a submission detailing the legal arguments justifying his request for discovery of details in connection with the two U.S. Military aircraft that were present on the day of the action.

Peace activists Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy were back in Ennis District Court today (Sept 14th) as a result of charges arising from their peaceful peace action and attempt to search US military airctaft at Shannon Airport on May 25th. Here's a summary of the day's proceedings from our court reporter.

Dolores Whelan, the well-kown scholar of Celtic Christianity led the PIF Summer School this year in the beautiful surroundings of Solas Bhride in Co. Kildare. Dolores led the morning session which explored the legacy and person of Brigid. The afternoon sessions were facilitated by Margaret Kindregran and Margaret Walsh on 'Brigidine Customs and Traditions' and Terry Hennessey on 'Sacred Dance'. The day was rounded off by a walk to St. Brigid's Well which is close by and a ritual led by the Brigidine Srs. Phil, Mary and Rita from the Centre. The day was a wonderful journey into our Celtic Christian heritage in a new centre which is already becoming a shining light in the search for our ancient religious roots here on the island of Ireland.

The Partners in Faith Summers School was held in Glendalough this year for the first time. The team in Glendalough, Michael Rodgers and Breda Ahearn, facilitated the day for the group guiding the participants around the various ancient sites in the area between the upper and lower lakes. Drawing on his wide experince and knowledge of Celtic culture and spirituality Michael wove together poetry, history, song with his obvious love for the place into a very memorable and moving day. The picture below shows the group finishing off the day at Teampall na mBan (The Church of the Women). For more pictures of the day see our Gallery section here.

Partners in Faith has joined with the Margaret Aylward Centre in Glasnevin, Dublin to deliver a number of courses later in the year. The Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue, run by the Holy Faith Sisters was opened earlier this year by Archbisphop Dermot Martin.

As details are finalised for the various courses Partners in Faith will be running they can be found on the Upcoming Events section of this website.

 

The Partners in Faith team (pictured above with James) recently completed facilitation training with James Alison for his new course: Jesus The Forgiving Victim, An Introduction to Christianity for Adults. The training took place in Corrymeela, Northern Ireland over three days and was attended by people from all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

 

When a friend told me ‘This is Christianity as I’ve never heard it before’, I felt challenged to make the material more widely available. So, I hope you will find that this course offers you a journey of discovery, and as you undergo it, that the Crucified and Risen Lord will enliven in you a new narrative, one that is both your own, and yet much more than your own. ~ James Alison

 

The course is designed for groups of up to 12 people and happens over twelve sessions. The group itself is free to arrange how these sessions happen. A home environment over a meal, for example, can work well. More details on the content can be obtained on the Forgiving Victim website. If you would like to set up a group in your location let us in the Partners in Faith office know and we'd be happy to help out.

   
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