Recognising the diversity of views around this significant anniversary, the event at Union Theological College will be held before an invited audience to mark the part played by the College in hosting the first Parliament of Northern Ireland 100 years ago. On these steps will also mark the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland and the partition of Ireland. The Parliament met at the College until Parliament Buildings was completed on the Stormont Estate in 1932.
You can read about the event here. The event itself live can be viewed from 2pm, Friday, 17 September, via this website, and will include:
- A reflective address by PCI’s Moderator, Right Reverend Dr David Bruce
- An historic perspective from Ian McBride, the Foster Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford
- Premier of a specially commissioned song by the Belfast indie singer-song writer, Ferna
- An opportunity to hear the words of King George V’s speech, delivered at the Parliament’s opening, as spoken by Jim Allen
- Political reflection during a panel discussion with some of the invited guests chaired by Judith Hill.
‘On these steps’ will be an opportunity at this particular point in our history to create space to hear different perspectives and build an understanding of how the lives of communities across PCI, and this island, have been shaped by the events of 100 years’ ago…We also have a broader aim beyond the commemorative, as we seek to build relationships by bringing people together to reflect on our shared past, in a way that enables us to look in hope to a shared future.
Rt Rev Dr David Bruce.