On Sunday 16th April 2023, over 300 politicians, church leaders, representatives from partner organisations, members and supporters of Corrymeela attended a service of Recommitment at Clonard Monastery in West Belfast, to mark 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement.
During the service, we reflected on our peacebuilding journey so far, acknowledging the courage of those who helped create a moment of hope 25 years ago. And together we rededicated ourselves to doing all we could to continue to build a just and lasting peace in the future.
(Above: Along with congregants at the Service of Recommitment, Roman Catholic Archbishop Eamon Martin and Church of Ireland Archbishop John McDowell each lit a candle as a symbolic gesture of hope and recommitment.)
At Corrymeela, we believe that our wellbeing is deeply interconnected: we can only truly live well if we live well together.
At this particularly difficult time in our society, we have committed to supporting 6,800 individuals and 300 leaders to live well together this year.
One of the ways we do this is through our staff, members and volunteers welcoming people seeking asylum and refuge and supporting them to integrate into society. Together, we’ve been able to support parents to navigate our school system, enable adults to get jobs and even equip one woman to pass her driving test. One of the women we supported said ‘I found it really difficult and challenging to integrate. But I was lucky, I got involved in a Corrymeela programme where I made lots of new friends’. You can find more stories like this one here.
Can you help us? Please give what you can — your donation helps us continue to support others.
£5 a month could help us provide lunch for a group who are working
to sustain hope.
£10 a month could enable a facilitator to support a group of frontline community workers.
£20 per month could help provide accommodation and food for a group to visit our Ballycastle Centre.