22 July 2016

Speaking about 1916 at
the Rubicon Conference

Patrick Comerford

Three months ago [16 April 2016], I was one of the speakers at the Rubicon Conference in the Church of Ireland College of Education in Rathmines.

The keynote speaker was Brian Zahnd from Minnesota, a pastor and the author of Water to Wine, A Farewell to Mars and Beauty Will Save The World.

This year, Rubicon explored 100 years of Irish culture, arts and faith. Because this year is the one-hundredth anniversary of the 1916 Rising, I was invited to speak on ‘http://www.patrickcomerford.com/2016/04/rubicon-2016-19162016-before-between.html.’

Three months later, the delivered version of my conference paper has now gone on-line on the Rubicon ‘You Tube’ Channel.

The conference brought together leaders from the media, education, politics, the arts, business, social sector and the Churches to learn from one another and to talk about the big questions around faith and culture.

Rubicon is a yearly event which sets out to explore how people of faith can continue to engage in all spheres of influence. The format allows participants to chat in a “TED”-esque format with interaction and table discussions.

The event was co-founded by Greg Fromholz and the Rev Rob Jones as an initiative of Holy Trinity Church, Rathmines. The other speakers included Stephen James Smith, slam poet, writer and performer; Sister Denise Boyle, who spoke about child prostitution and trafficking; and Shane O’Doherty, author of The Volunteer: A Former IRA Man’s True Story; and Sister Imelda Wickham, Wheatfield prison chaplain.

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