2006-2007 Lectures

Lecture: "Is there any alternative to pardon and peace?"

27 March 2007

The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, the Dean of Chichester gave a lecture entitled 'Is there any alternative to pardon and peace?' on Tuesday 27th March, at 5.00pm.

The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling was born in South London. He trained for retail management, but changed career and became a welfare office at Pentonville prison. In response to a vocation to the ordained ministry, he studied theology at Exeter University and completed his training at Cuddesdon College, Oxford. After parish ministry in Peckham and Tooting, he moved to Liverpool in 1983 as Canon Precentor of the cathedral. Four years later he became Rector of the ancient city centre parish of Our Lady and St Nicholas, where he stayed for fifteen years.

Nicholas has become noted for his work for reconciliation, not only between faith communities but also between Britain and Ireland. His book Pardon and Peace has been highly acclaimed, and he has lectured and spoken on reconciliation in Switzerland, Ireland, the United States and Israel/Palestine. During his time in Liverpool, he was chairman of the Welfare Organisations Committee of Liverpool Council of Voluntary Service, of the Religious Advisory Panel of BBC Radio Merseyside and of the Mersey Mission to Seafarers.

"From War to Peace: Muslim and Christian Reconciliation in Nigeria"

7 December 2006

Imam Muhammad Ashafa, the Imam of Kaduna, and the Rev. James Movel Wuye are the Joint Directors of the Inter-Faith Mediation Centre in Kaduna, Nigeria.

In recent decades, Nigeria has been rocked by violence between Christians and Muslims. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in communal clashes, while whole communities have been devastated. These two men took part in and suffered during the inter-religious violence in northern Nigeria, but now they work together to build peace and reconciliation in Kanduna. "We were two militant religious activists, but now we are working to create space, not just for peace, but also for the transformation of society.

During the conflict the Imam lost his spiritual leader and two brothers to the violence, while the Pastor lost an arm in the conflict. Since then they overcame their hate and began to work to build understanding and forgiveness.

Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye have produced a documentary film 'The Imam and the Pastor' which charts their story and demonstrates how it is possible for the perpetrators of inter-religious violence to become instigators of peace.

This documentary film had its World Premiere in the United Nations in New York on the 28th November 2006, followed by the UK Premiere in the Houses of Parliament in London on the 6th December.

Liverpool Hope University and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies had the honour of hosting Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye on the 7th of December 2006 from 4pm. During this evening lecture they introduced and showed their film which was followed by a time to discuss their experiences and peace building work in Nigeria.