We’re helping St. James’ Church (Madison Ave @ 71st Street in NYC) celebrate its Bicentennial by producing a round table discussion on The Church and Global Reconciliation. If you live in NYC, feel free to stop by. The event is free and open to the public. The church seats 900 and we expect a full house.
We will also broadcast the event live online. Simply go to this page between 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm ET on Sunday March 7.
The live online broadcast will be a multi-camera shoot. You can join the conversation via twitter and facebook chat.
It should be an interesting conversation. Desmond Tutu will talk about reconciliation after the apartheid experience in South Africa and Gordon McMullan will talk about the Northern Ireland experience.
- Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu
retired Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
- The Rt. Rev. Gordon McMullan
retired Bishop of Down and Dromore (Belfast), Northern Ireland
- The Rt. Rev. Hays H. Rockwell
retired Bishop of Missouri, former Rector of St. James’ Church, 1976-1991
- Deborah Roberts, ABC News
- Bob Jamieson, ABC News
Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s role in the struggle against his country’s apartheid regime, and in the subsequent efforts at reconciliation between the polarized populations there, are well known. Bishop Gordon McMullan had a similar impact in Belfast during the worst years of “the Troubles” with his efforts at reconciliation between Northern Ireland’s Protestants and Roman Catholics. Bishop Hays Rockwell, during his tenure as Rector of St. James’ (1976-1991), established personal and faith relationships with Tutu and McMullan, and the parish gave moral and financial support to their reconciliation efforts.
Both men have made regular visits to St. James’. Tutu first preached at St. James’ in 1977; during his house arrest in 1980, children of the parish sent him “passports of love” to replace his confiscated document, and during his trial, parish lay leaders traveled to South Africa to show their support. McMullan first preached at St. James’ in 1981, and Rockwell traveled to Clougher to preach on St. Patrick’s Day 1982 at McMullan’s cathedral during the peak of the violence. Bishop McMullan has spent time at St. James’ every year since then, most recently serving month-long assignments as Bishop in Residence. The parish has also supported schools and other educational projects in both countries since the mid-80s.
This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The church seats 900.