Edgehill Reconciliation Programme Resources

The Edgehill Reconciliation Programme operated in Edgehill College for over 10 years, fully supported since its inception by European grants.  The Programme was initiated through the vision of the former Principal of the College, the late Revd Dr Dennis Cooke.  It was delivered and developed for 6 years by Olive Bell who served as Project Officer.  Dr Scott Boldt served as the Programme Manager from 2006 until the Programme’s closure in 2014. Please find below some resources produced byReconciliation Programme.  If you have any queries regarding the resources listed below, including how to obtain a hard copy, please contact the College office on 028 9066 5870 or at



CHOOSE – 2014 in a place known as Northern Ireland and the north of Ireland – the identities of Protestant and Catholic, Loyalist and Republican, Nationalist and Unionist, local and migrant, collide and connect in day-to-day life.  Will the past repeat itself?  Can the peace process be sustained?  How will people make the future? You can view the film by clicking here


A Thousand Words

The Reconciliation Programme worked with graphic design company Root Design, based in Belfast to produce this excellent resource.   An extensive series of cards have been designed to facilitate in depth dialogue and discussion around the issue of sectarian attitudes. The aim of these resources is to show the complexities of sectarianism and  to raise questions about the nature of sectarianism, particularly how it is woven into society and passed along from generation to generation. Below are some examples of resources.  For more information on Root Design and the ‘A Thousand Words’ project, please visit their website here



Church Conflict: Understanding the Inevitable

In June 2013, a book entitled Church Conflict: Understanding the Inevitable was written by the Reconciliation Programme team and published by Edgehill College. Many people are hesitant to acknowledge the various levels of conflict that exist amongst and between people in the church.  The purpose of this study is not to chastise churches for failing to deal with conflict well; rather, the intention of the study is to explore people’s understandings and experiences of conflict in order to build up a picture of how conflict is perceived and encountered within church communities.



Conflict is as old as human beings and still dangerous.  Finding ways out requires us to recognise it, understand the way we contribute to it and take steps to ensure that it leads to growth …This book faces conflict and  points the way forward with honesty, clarity and compassion – all of which will be required as we step forward into the future. Dr Duncan Morrow – Institute for Research in Social Sciences, School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy, University of Ulster.

Inside Stories

Inside Stories is a short animated documentary developed through the work of the Reconciliation Programme in Hydebank Young Offender’s Centre, offering first-hand stories of young people in prison in Northern Ireland.  The film features actual footage from within the prison, using animation to preserve the anonymity of the storytellers. Rare glimpses into the background lives, the daily routines and the future dreams of these young people are provided. The film serves to humanise the characters, letting them speak for themselves and allowing the viewer space to reflect on these unique perspectives. You can view the film by clicking here.

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‘Hear My Voice’ produced by EMBRACE NI

EMBRACE has launched its DVD ‘ Hear My Voice’, an animation recounting stories of people who have come Northern Ireland and their experience of welcome and settling. Please click here to view the film or if you would like a hard copy, please contact EMBRACE on 028 9066 3145 or You can also find this and more resources at