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The Long Road to Peace in Northern IrelandPeace Lectures from the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University$
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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310652

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314155

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Getting to Know the ‘Other’: Inter-church Groups and Peace-building in Northern Ireland1

Getting to Know the ‘Other’: Inter-church Groups and Peace-building in Northern Ireland1

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(p.192) Getting to Know the ‘Other’: Inter-church Groups and Peace-building in Northern Ireland1
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The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland
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Maria Power

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314155.018

In Northern Ireland, church groups are working ecumenically to promote peace and reconciliation within communities deeply fractured by the conflict. This chapter focuses on the historical development of such local inter–church peace initiatives, exploring in particular the means through which they challenge accepted notions of communal identity. It shows that these are often surprisingly low–key endeavours that take years rather than months to produce results. Such activities reveal that through the work of local churches, religion has consistently been used as a means of reconciliation, long before the ceasefires and subsequent European peace funding made cross–community work safe and acceptable.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, peace funding, church groups, reconciliation, communal identity, religion

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