James Allison in Dublin

James Alison, author of Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay, will be in Dublin for the following TWO events:-
 Wednesday 29 June 2011 ― Retreat Day
The theme is “Loving the Church and Surviving in the Church: Why Bother?
                        A Gay Perspective.”
10.00am – 4.30pm   ―  €30 (€15 concessions)
Sophia Wisdom Centre, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8
Booking is essential for this retreat and can be made by
email: jamesalisonindublin@gmail.com or by telephone: Tel: 086 398 9309
The fee includes a light lunch and can be paid on the day at the door.
All are welcome.
Thursday 30 June 2011 ― An Evening with James Alison
7.30pm – 9.30pm  ―  €6 (€3 concessions)
The Swift Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin
This event will be moderated by Áilín Doyle (former lecturer in the Milltown Institute) and will include time for questions from the floor.
Please note that there is no parking on the TCD campus for this 30 June event.
All are welcome.
James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest, and author with a long track record of attempting to talk truthfully about matters gay in the life of the Church.  Having lived with the Dominican Order from 1981 to 1995 he currently travels the world as an itinerant preacher, lecturer, and retreat giver.
Alison has worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and the United States as well as his native England.  He is the author of Knowing Jesus, Raising Abel, The Joy of Being Wrong, Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay, On Being Liked, Undergoing God and, most recently, Broken Hearts and New Creations: Intimations of a Great Reversal.  Following “Aquinas and Girard”, Alison plumbs the depth of human nature to demonstrate that religious truths are truths we must experience in our own lives.  No Catholic writer has created more excitement in recent years than James Alison.  His readings of Scripture and his explorations of the great themes of systematic theology have refreshed, moved and astonished readers inside and outside the church.
Alison is a rich resource for gay Catholics, trying to reconcile their own deep and often profound faith with the hostility of the hierarchy ― Timothy Radcliffe
James Alison’s work is a model of clarity in exposition – relaxed, conversational, but holding us firmly to the demands of its subject matter.  It is a model of how to deploy some very traditional Christian resources with a thoroughly contemporary intellectual toughness, so as to liberate us from the clichés of so much modern theological squabbling ― Rowan Williams
These events are being supported by Partners in Faith, the Student Christian Movement Ireland and The Church of Ireland Chaplaincy at TCD.

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  1. From the James Alison article:
    ” For if being gay is a defect in creation, as is held, then the only sign of grace attaching to being gay would be the removal of being gay from what makes you or I to be.”
    Not necessarily. Whatever Paul’s thorn in the flesh was (I think it was his remorse for having persecuted all those Christians), the Lord did not remove it.

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