Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland: The Clonard-Fitzroy Fellowship

Authored by: Ronald A. Wells

The Ashgate Research Companion to Religion and Conflict Resolution

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409410898
eBook ISBN: 9781315613505
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041832


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In this chapter I will place the discussion of ‘forgiveness and reconciliation’ in the discrete reality of Northern Ireland by highlighting the work of The Clonard-Fitzroy Fellowship. I will first try to untangle some of the problems of writing about this bitter conflict. Secondly, most of this chapter will present the story of an extraordinary friendship – between Ken Newell, a Presbyterian minister, and Gerry Reynolds, a Catholic priest – that has had considerable impact in society and in churches in Ireland. In particular, we will focus on the progeny of this friendship, the award-winning Clonard-Fitzroy Fellowship.

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