Until March 2016 we are running a joint project called In Wi The Mix with two other faith-based organisations, Faith in Community Scotland and A Place for Hope. For more information on this project please contact John Ithell who co-ordinates the project on behalf of all three organisations.
Weaving The Threads
On 21st January Conforti Institute held a Question Time format event inviting questions from the local community on the topic of sectarianism. Panel members included Geraldine Hill, Michael Rosie, Kevin McKenna, Ruth Harvey and Des Dillion.
Family Ceilidh @ Conforti
On the 15th November we held a family ceilidh at Conforti to celebrate the joint work of Motherwell Diocese and Hamilton Presbytery in our anti-sectarian project.
The listening phase of our project is now completed. We held 55 listening exercises covering 58 parishes, 10 groups and 3 prisons with a total of 581 people taking part. These were held in all of Scotland’s 8 Catholic diocese: St. Andrews and Edinburgh; Glasgow; Dunkeld; Galloway; Paisley; Motherwell; Aberdeen and Argyll and the Isles. The findings of our listening exercises are captured here Conforti Anti-Sectarian Project Report April 2014
National Reflection Day
Ecumenical Prayer Events
As a result of participating in the listening exercises on sectarianism a small group of parishioners from Motherwell Diocese met to look at ways the wider community can come together to challenge sectarian attitudes and behaviours. In an attempt to start the ball rolling, the group reached out to other churches in the local area in the hope that they would be willing to work alongside us to develop an evening of prayer and celebration. As a result of that the Motherwell diocesan group came together with the Presbytery of Hamilton to host two successful evenings of prayer and celebration. The first took place on Thursday 3rd April 2014 with the theme of planting seeds and new beginnings; the second on Thursday 5th Feb 2015 with the theme of food and nourishment. At the February event participants brought along contributions which made a big difference to the Coatbridge food bank and a time when it was low on food.
Work in Prisons
In the course of carrying out our listening exercises in parishes, a number of priests suggested that it could be useful for us to hear what prisoner’s have to say about sectarianism. We held listening exercises in Low Moss, Shotts and Kilmarnock prisons.