26th September 2021

Is Social Justice just an Obscure Object of Desire?

The phrase ‘an obscure object of desire’ is not a common one, so I have taken the title given to me to be a reference to the critically acclaimed 1977 film, “That Obscure Object of Desire”.   It was the last film directed by the great Spanish filmmaker, Luis Buñuel who was in his 80s when he made it and I …

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18th August 2021

What are the lessons of the calamity in Afghanistan?

“My Lords, on 4th October 2001, less than a month after 9/11 and a few days before the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom, we debated in this House what should be done.   I intervene again today, like some other participants of twenty years ago, but miss my dear friend, Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon.  In a powerful speech, Paddy focussed on …

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20th June 2021

Why do the innocent suffer?

Sermon preached by Lord Alderdice to Shelswell Benefice at the church of St Michael and All Angels, Fringford on Sunday 20th June 2021 Readings: Job 38: 1 – 11 and Mark 4: 35 – 41.  I have long felt an identification with the Belfast boy, C.S. Lewis, whose early years were spent in Little Lea, a lovely house near to …

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11th June 2021

Britain must lead the creation of an international fund for Israel and Palestine

An international fund can play an important role in making positive change possible between Israeli and Palestine, but it needs political support and the involvement of international partners. Along with many others who care about the people of Israel and Palestine, I was deeply saddened by the recent re-escalation of the conflict between the State of Israel and Hamas in …

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11th May 2021

A tribute to Jonathan Fryer

Today I was honoured though saddened to deliver this eulogy at the funeral of my friend, Jonathan Fryer. “We have come together, in person and on-line to celebrate, Jonathan Fryer, a remarkable man who enriched all our lives and those of listeners, viewers and readers in many languages, and all around the world.   Sadly in this time of COVID, although …

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13th April 2021

A tribute to HRH Prince Philip

Her Majesty, the Queen, and the Duke of Edinburgh have been a rock of stability and continuity through the whole of my life, and I confess to feeling emotionally affected by his death, wondering what the generational change it signifies may mean for the future of our country. The Duke of Edinburgh has had an impact on me from early …

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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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29th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018 Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for the warm welcome you have given me into membership of this congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Belfast at what was a difficult time in my own journey of faith. I am not …

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