26th March 2021

Lord Speaker election hustings 1

We are at a critical juncture in the life of our House.   The last year has been exceptionally difficult and hopefully we can soon return to more, if not all of us, working at Westminster.  We need to discuss how we do that, so we take account of the needs of all our members, including those with vulnerabilities and disabilities, …

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20th March 2021

What should a new Lord Speaker do?

I have served in the House of Lords for 25 years and in recent weeks I have been encouraged by colleagues from all parts of the House of Lords to stand for election as Lord Speaker, at least in part because of my experience as the first Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.  The same healing impulse that took me …

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2nd February 2021

Wisdom is a Woman – Let Wisdom Guide

The book of Proverbs is one of the great books of wisdom, and not only in that library of books that Christians know as the Holy Bible.  Proverbs stands out as one of the most marvellous pieces of the world’s wisdom literature, whatever your faith or belief.  The first verse of chapter 1 attributes many of the sayings in the …

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22nd November 2020

John Calvin’s Sermons on the Letter to the Ephesians

Sermon preached by Lord Alderdice to Shelswell Benefice on Sunday 22nd November 2020, The Festival of Christ the King. Reading: Ephesians 1:15 to the end of the chapter, together with Matthew 25: 31 to the end of the chapter. The letter to the Ephesians is addressed from the Apostle Paul, and we know from the Acts of the Apostles that …

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7th November 2020

The Didache

The Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles. This very short manual of what a significant body of early Christians believed about their faith is of enormous importance, not least because it gives a real insight into their priorities in those early times. The Didache is the oldest extant written catechism, probably from the 1st century. It was lost for …

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6th November 2020

Solidarity 40

Forty years on, the concept of Solidarity, which so inspired the famous and transformational Polish Trade Union, is again receiving the attention of progressive thinkers and we are celebrating and exploring the concept in a series of webinars. Our second on-line event addresses Solidarity between the generations – environmental and financial sustainability. Why not join us on Friday 20th November …

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31st October 2020

The Ten Commandments of Isaiah Berlin

In 2020, societies which were already challenged by the existential threats of climate change and potential nuclear conflict, fragmented by a serious breakdown in trust resulting from widespread corruption, and riven with anxiety about the speed of technological change, are now being fractured by the political and economic consequences of the COVID19 pandemic. In such times the wisdom of one …

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13th October 2020

Solidarity 40

Forty years on the concept of Solidarity, which so inspired the famous and transformational Polish Trade Union, is again receiving the attention of progressive thinkers. Join us on 23rd October 2020 from 2pm to 3.30pm (UK time) as we continue “Re-thinking Solidarity” with a session on ‘Solidarity, Religion and Inter-faith Dialogue’ with myself, John Alderdice; an Oxford colleague, Nazlia Ghanea …

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24th August 2020

Centenary of the birth of John Paul II

How does one adequately recognize the life of such a remarkable man as Pope Saint John Paul II, and address, in just a few minutes, his contribution to our world? Let me refer to three areas that are of particular, personal interest to me – science, politics and faith. Science – The work of scientists and the importance of their …

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27th May 2019

Yes, she did……!

It will be an absolutely stunning result! As I write there is much counting still to be done but the result is clear – Alliance Leader, Naomi Long will be one of the three Northern Ireland MEPs. Not only is that the best Alliance result – by any parameter – in its 49 year history, it also means that Northern …

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