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IN-DC Speaker Series: Peacebuilding in Troubled Times

  • The Dupont Circle Hotel 1500 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Irish Network-DC is proud to present “Peacebuilding in Troubled Times” with
Rev. Dr. Bill Shaw, Director of the 174 Trust in North Belfast

10 Sep 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: The Dupont Circle Hotel 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20036

The 174 Trust is a non-denominational community-based organization, active since 1983 in one of the most divided and disadvantaged areas of North Belfast.

The Trust seeks to promote dialogue and celebrating diversity within the North Belfast community. Among the Trust’s many activities include youth development programs, community and family engagement and cross-cultural exchange initiatives.

As the Trust’s Director for more than seventeen years, Rev. Dr. Shaw has worked to raise its profile and credibility within the local community. North Belfast continues to suffer from sectarian violence, with tensions still high between Catholics and Protestants on the streets around the Trust’s community. As a Presbyterian Minister working in a Catholic area, he is committed to promoting reconciliation and passionate about peacemaking.

In the US, he has participated in the AMBIT Community Leadership Program and the State Department’s International Visitor Program. Rev. Shaw currently chairs the Churches’ Community Work Alliance and the Northern Ireland Community Faith’s Forum, both regional initiatives addressing poverty and the disadvantaged. In March 2013, Rev. Dr. Shaw was honored as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen at a service in Buckingham Palace for his ‘services to the community of North Belfast’.  Most recently in July 2015, he received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Laws) from the Ulster University in recognition of his work for the community of North Belfast.

Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday 10 pm.


The format of the evening is as follows...

6.30 pm - Reception tea/coffee
7 pm - Welcome, introductory remarks
7.05 pm - Speaker Rev. Dr. Bill Shaw OBE
7.40 pm - Q&A