How Can We Be Peacemakers?

Pathways to Peace

L’Arche Greater Vancouver and the Vancouver School of Theology invite you to “Pathways to Peace”, a free public talk given by Ruth Patterson on Friday May 24, 2013.

Ruth is an international speaker and author who has close ties with L’Arche and often presents with Jean Vanier in France. She is the first woman to be ordained in Ireland and is the Director of Restoration Ministries, an interdenominational organization that seeks to promote peace, reconciliation and healing.

In 1966 she was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Toronto, Canada, where she studied at the Graduate School of Social Work and received a Masters’ in Social Work in 1968.  She returned to Northern Ireland at the beginning of the civil unrest and worked in Queen’s University Chaplaincy for three years, after which she went to Edinburgh University where she did her theological training, at the same time applying to be a candidate for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

In 1974 she obtained a First Class Honours in Ecclesiastical History.  In 1976 she was the first woman to be ordained in Ireland.  Throughout the height of the conflict in Northern Ireland she worked for fourteen years in ministry in a large loyalist housing estate.  From 1991 she has been full time Director of Restoration Ministries.  Ruth was awarded, ‘The University of Edinburgh/Royal Bank of Scotland Alumna of the Year Award 2000’.  In May 2001 Ruth received an Honorary Doctorate from the Presbyterian Theological Faculty of Ireland.  In January 2003 Ruth was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her work in reconciliation.

Her writings include A Farther Shore (recounting her own journey in prose and verse), Journeying Towards Reconciliation – A Song for Ireland, Proclaiming the Promise – Reflections on the God of Love and Looking Back to Tomorrow – A Spirituality for Between the Times

This is a FREE event but due to limited seating tickets must be reserved in advance. Order your free tickets here or by calling 604-435-9544.



About L'Arche Greater Vancouver

L'Arche Greater Vancouver is a charitable organization that provides residential care and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities. We are located in Burnaby, BC Canada.
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