Tuesday Group celebrates 20th anniversary

Sister Anna (right) welcomed visitors to Drumalis Conference Centre to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tuesday Group. INLT 28-664-CON
Sister Anna (right) welcomed visitors to Drumalis Conference Centre to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tuesday Group. INLT 28-664-CON

Approximately 100 guests gathered at the Drumalis Conference Centre on June 21 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tuesday Group.

The Tuesday Group is a non-denominational faith-based community group that seeks to promote religious harmony and to improve inter-church co-operation.

After a welcome to Drumalis by Sister Anna, Rev Dr Ivan Hull, welcomed members and guests and invitted Larne Mayor, Cllr Martin Wilson who brought greetings from the Borough Council.

Guests included the Deputy Mayors of Carrickfergus and Ballymena Borough Councils.

Sister Margaret Rose, one of the founding members of the Tuesday Group, gave an outline of how the Tuesday Groupwas formed following the ceasefire in 1994.

She showed how the opening of the gates at Drumalis to all had helped many overcome religious divisions in the community and encouraged all to always ‘wedge’ the door open, irrespective of how difficult situations were as this openness encouraged dialogue.

Dr Hull then introduced the two keynote speakers, Baroness May Blood and Pastor Gordon Graham.

Baroness Blood is well- known as a champion of the underdog and deeply committed to creating a better and more inclusive world in the Shankill Road area of Belfast. She spoke of the importance of people engaging together with the right attitude if we are to see change for the good.

Pastor Graham, minister of Larne Elim Church and chairman, of the Tuesday Group, for three years said that his first visit to the Tuesday Group convinced him that ‘oneness in Christ’ transcends denominational differences.