Dialogue For Diversity

Dialogue For Diversity

What We Do

Dialogue For Diversity focuses on prisoners, migrants, peace making and community development in Northern Ireland. We also work for the reform of the Catholic Church and write.

Prisons
Some of the Dialogue For Diversity team are involved in chaplaincy work in Maghaberry Prison. Others are part of the Community Chaplaincy project. For details on this, click here.
 
Migrants
Brendan MacPartlin, in conjunction with Daniel Gouveia, has opened a drop-in Centre in the Mayfair Business Park for migrants. The service offers advice on housing, benefits and other support, together with language training.
 
Peace Making
Dialogue For Diversity in conjunction with Community Dialogue run a series of projects in peace-making. Some of these are work with people from one identity in several different processes. These are then invited to take part in diversity residentials with people with whom they have deep disagreements. 
 
Catholic Church Reform
As a group we are committed to continuous reform of the Church, including empowering laity, especially women, and respect for marginalised groups.
 
Community Development
In Portadown Michael Bingham, Brendan MacPartlin and Frank Brady work with many groups including Drumcree Trust, the Mayfair Centre and Drumcree Health House. In Armagh Brian Lennon works with the SPRING Trust, which helps to educate youth living in marginalised areas.
 
Writing and Reflection
Brian Lennon is author of So You Cant't Forgive? Moving Towards Freedom (Dublin: Columba, 2009), Peace Comes Dropping Slow: Dialogue and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland (Belfast: Community Dialogue, 2004), Catholics and the Future of Northern Ireland (Dublin, Columba 1995) and Can I Stay in the Catholic Church (Dublin: Columba, forthcoming 2012) and has written many articles on the conflict. He is currently working on issues of justice arising from clerical abuse within the Catholic Church. Michael Bingham has written several articles on mediation. Brendan MacPartlin has written extensively on industrial relations.