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
Brian Lennon and Olive Hobson run a series of projects in peace-making. One of these works with people who have lost loved ones in the conflict. A second brings together people from divided backgrounds to foster understanding.
 
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.