*POSTPONED* Faith Engagement: Are places of worship simply soft targets?

Primary tabs

26 November 2020 -
10:00am to 11:00am

This online discussion is open to all who are concerned about attacks on places of worship arising from vandalism or religious intolerance. The aim of the consultation is to hear the views of faith communities and to collate ideas about what can be done to address this significant problem.

Consultation: Department of Justice


Are places of worship simply soft targets?

A Freedom of Information request to the PSNI by CARE (NI) revealed that on average, a place of worship in Northern Ireland is attacked every three days. According to police statistics, there have been 601 incidents of criminal damage to religious buildings, churchyards or cemeteries since 2014/15. The number of attacks has remained relatively consistent each year, with 136 in 2014/15, 128 in 2015/16, 118 in 2016/17, 115 in 2017/18 and 104 in 2018/19.

“An attack on a place of worship is an attack on the community that worships there.” Rev Aaron McAlister, Rector of Derriaghy Parish Church

In most cases, faith communities repair the damage done to the building and address the emotional wounds of the community. However, as attacks continue some faith leaders are asking if more can be done to both protect places of worship and uncover the root causes of attacks

In conjunction with the Department of Justice, NICVA is hosting an online consultation on Thursday 26th November 2020 - 10.00am – 11.00am in order to hear the views of faith communities on the impact of vandalism and other attacks on places of worship, and to seek views on what actions could be taken to prevent further attacks.

This is a listening exercise and will contribute to ongoing discussions within the Department of Justice.

Who’s invited?

This online discussion is open to all who are concerned about attacks on places of worship arising from vandalism or religious intolerance. The aim of the consultation is to hear the views of faith communities and to collate ideas about what can be done to address this significant problem.
 

Costs:
Free for faith based organisations

Event Registration Request
Please request a registration for this event by completing this form. The information you provide will be used to process your request. You can read more about how we use data on our privacy policy
If you have any specific dietary or access requirements please let us know in the box above so that we can aim to provide what you need. Please note that we will use this information to process your request and by adding it here you are giving us consent to do so. You can check our conference facilities page for our Access provisions at NICVA on our conference facilities page
Cancel

Cancellation Policy

Please be aware that you may be charged if you don't attend an event you have registered for—even in the case of free to access events. Full details on NICVA cancellation policy 

Costs

Free for faith based organisations

Online

Online Session

This session will be facilitated online.  We'll provide instructions and support for participants to get setup.

Read More on...