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Pádraig Ó Tuama
Pádraig Ó Tuama

is the community leader of Corrymeela, Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization. His books include a prayer book, Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, a book of poetry, Sorry For Your Troubles, and a memoir, In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World.

Love Is the Great Endeavour

As part of a conversation with the Church of Ireland about the question of human sexuality, our special contributor confesses his “gay agenda”: to love the gospels; to love repentance; to love words and courage and my partner; and to show love to each other on our great endeavor.

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Love Is the Great Endeavour

Plenty of Room at the Inn: The Nativity Scene Resurrected

Pádraig Ó Tuama on the inaccuracy of the Christmas story, as commonly told, for we might miss the more important message within.

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We Should Have Danced: A Poem

A poem inspired by our Civil Conversations Project dialogue on the future of marriage — written in Newark airport by Pádraig Ó Tuama.

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“I Have Never Loved Someone” by My Brightest Diamond

As a kind, five-minute gift to yourself, listen to and watch the song by My Brightest Diamond.

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“I Have Never Loved Someone” by My Brightest Diamond

The Wrappings of Love in Enveloping Arms: An Advent Reflection

A website prompts a man living in Northern Ireland to consider hugs and the deeper meaning of Advent.

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The Wrappings of Love in Enveloping Arms: An Advent Reflection

An Easter Sunday. A Sacred Echo. Solidarity in a Small Hell of Our Own

Remembering that the celebrations of Holy Week are not about cataclysmic resurrections, but about bravely entering into loneliness with a small spring of consoling company.

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An Easter Sunday. A Sacred Echo. Solidarity in a Small Hell of Our Own

Ronan Kerr Was Not a Judas: Betrayal and Peace in Northern Ireland at Lent

How would Jesus speak to the bombers who killed Ronan Kerr? A reflection on how ordinary people wish to live a peaceful life.

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Ronan Kerr Was Not a Judas: Betrayal and Peace in Northern Ireland at Lent

What Stories Do We Tell?

There are stories within stories that are desperate to be heard, and when they’re heard, they bring us to the place of encounter and empathy, which is the essence of hope and humanity.

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A Is for Alleluia

Reflections from Belfast on the opportunity of Ash Wednesday: “Lent is less for giving up, and more for making space.”

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A Is for Alleluia