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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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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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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23rd September 2020

CRIC Annual Conference 2020

This year’s Annual Conference of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC), like most such events in 2020, had to be held on-line. The theme was “Disruption and the multi-lateral system after COVID-19” and it was a very successful event with participants from Australia, Singapore, Japan and India in the East, through the Middle East, Turkey, Germany, France, …

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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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