Rev. Will Orr, a prominent figure in the work for peace in Northern Ireland will speak at Memorial at 7pm on October 19th. His talk is open to the public. A discussion period for questions and answers will follow the presentation. He will also speak at YAHA at noon on the 19th, meet with the Flagler students who went to Northern Ireland Friday afternoon, and speak to our youth on Sunday night, Oct. 21st.
Rev. Orr was presented with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen/s honors list for “Service to Community Relations.” Throughout his time in Newtownbreda, North Ireland, he has been a leading figure in the Ballynafeigh Clergy Fellowship and has worked tirelessly to promote both stronger ties between churches of all traditions in the district and between those from different cultural, social and political backgrounds. The Ballynafeigh Clergy Fellowship was started by Msgr. Robert Murphy of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and the Rev. Pat Lowry of St John’s Presbyterian Church in 1973. It has been called “Northern Ireland’s Fellowship of Peace”. The proactive role played by the Ballynafeigh Clergy Fellowship is viewed as significant in contributing to this district remaining one of the areas in Northern Ireland most balanced between Protestant/Unionist and Catholic/Nationalist populations in spite of the polarizing impact of “The Troubles”. Rev. Orr also helped establish “Ormeau Churches Together” and served for twelve years on the management committee of Holy Rosary Primary School. Everyone is invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear this firsthand account of local efforts towards building understanding and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
Rev. Orr will be speaking as part of the International Peacemakers Program through which individuals who are engaged in peacemaking are invited by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to make presentations and lead discussions in communities throughout the United States. The International Peacemakers Program has been in existence since 1988 and is supported by gifts to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Offering which was received at our church on October 7th. For additional information, please contact Ervin Bullock at (352) 694-7784, firstname.lastname@example.org.