Faith and the NI Assembly *REGISTRATION CLOSED*

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21 March 2023 -
10:00am to 1:00pm

Faith once considered a private enterprise, has gone ‘public’ with churches providing more care and support initiatives in the community. Consequently, links are being made between faith-based social action and local government. Similarly, dialogue regarding the role of faith in society is intensifying. For many, this is unfamiliar territory - ministry is easier to understand than local politics. That's why we're having a field trip to Stormont, and you are invited!

The Covid-19 pandemic and the rise in the cost of living have resulted in an increase in social action projects and initiatives delivered by faith groups all over the north of Ireland. As a result, people are recognising that faith work in the commmunity can be a tremendous force for good. Churches and faith organisations are serving and supporting those marginalised in society and bringing communities together. Some projects are funded by local government schemes and new conversations are emerging about where faith fits when it comes to local government. To help answer that question NICVA's Faith Engagement Programme is organising a ‘field trip’ to Stormont. The purpose of the visit is to better understand the role of Faith in Society by learning about the devolved Assembly that governs from Parliament Buildings.

We'll be joining an Assembly Community Connect programme, and from a faith perspective we'll talk about the role of the Assembly. The reason for doing this is simple – learning about the mechanisms of local government can help you in your work and may also help people in the community that you engage with. 

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