Herstelling church advocates against domestic violence

first_imgIn the midst of its grand 50th anniversary celebrations, the Herstelling Assembly of God Global Outreach Centre is calling on the public to engage themselves in violence-free activities while making conscious decisions.Under the title “An Action Against Domestic Violence”, a series of activities is organised from October 19-22 at the church and all are encouraged to participate. The organisers are certain that this will aid in the elimination of domestic violence in the country.Starting from Friday, a prayer service was slated for all victims and survivors which will be followed by a street march today. On October 21, Dr Michelle Shiwnandan will lead a church service on the development of family values. The events will conclude on October 22 with a family discussion as Attorney Kavorn Williams speaks on “Domestic Violence: The Problem, The Law and You.”Pastor Ravindra Shiwnandan believes there is an important place for the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which sets the parameters for individuals to measure their degree of freedom from domestic violence.Shiwnandan also agrees with former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s words which state, “Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.”The pastor is encouraging everyone to continue to embrace our national policies to eradicate sexual violence against men, women and children along with the ongoing scourge of human trafficking.“May the length and breadth of our nation be filled with responsible citizens who embrace the two greatest commandments of life given by Jesus Christ – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is Love your neighbour as yourself.”last_img read more

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ST CONALL’S BELL NOW ON DISPLAY AT COUNTY MUSEUM

first_imgThe historic St Conall’s Bell and Shrine, unveiled by Joe McHugh, is now on display at the County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny.This priceless artefact, which is on loan from the British Museum, was last seen in Donegal in 1845 before it crossed the sea to England and eventually ended up in the museum.A sacred and iconic link to Donegal’s early Christian history, the objects will be on display in Letterkenny until Saturday, July 11 and for one day in Kilclooney until July 13. Donegal County Museum Curator, Judith McCarthy outlined the journey the Bell and Shrine had taken from its beginnings on Inishkeel Island back in the Sixth Century to its return to Donegal thanks mainly to the dedication and passion of the late Malachy Mahon and his wife Brenda, the staff at Donegal County Museum and the British Museum where it was now based.Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District, Cllr Gerry McMonagle spoke of the great achievement it was for the museum and for Donegal in general to have such splendid artefacts in the county and hoped everyone would make an effort to come along to see them.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Ciaran Brogan congratulated all involved in this project adding he was delighted the Council continues to invest and facilitate in cultural services.“I know it has been difficult over the last few years but we as a Council do recognise the importance of out history and culture here in Donegal and it’s something that is very close to our hearts,” he said. Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely said the provision of cultural services is a core function of Donegal County Council and one that was central to work programmes that were put in place for successive years.“We are committed to protecting and promoting our unique indigenous heritage and culture and the display of the St Conall’s Bell and Shrine is a key and important aspect of this work. Our past, present and future culture is a valuable resource and through projects such as this the Council will continue to work in partnership with organisations and most importantly of all, communities, in order to preserve and promote the importance of our cultural heritage and inheritance“ he said.Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Joe McHugh officially unveiled the iconic relics saying since his appointment he had re-immersed himself in our language, heritage and culture.“The significance of that is very, very important. What I’ve seen on the ground is a whole new appetite and enthusiasm for learning our history and since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 we have a whole new protected space where people can share their history.”He said he also wanted to acknowledge the community in and around the Inishkeel, Kilclooney and Glenties areas for their enormous effort in bringing this project to fruition. He added this was reflective of what is happening through this county, an appetite on the ground to mark historic events such as those in Rossnowlagh, Rathmullan, Gweedore and he hoped with changes to the new Junior Cert curriculum which offered more autonomy; they could find out and learn more about local history.“We as legislators and public service providers have to respond to that,” he said.The unveiling ceremony by Minister McHugh was followed by refreshments and photographs, discussions among guests and tours of the museum for all present.St Conall’s Bell and Shrine is on display at the Donegal County Museum until Saturday, July 11. It will then travel to the Dolmen Centre in Kilclooney on Monday, July 13 for a day of celebrations before making its way back to the British Museum in London.ST CONALL’S BELL NOW ON DISPLAY AT COUNTY MUSEUM was last modified: June 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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