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Charlotte faith leaders learn lessons from Northern Ireland, unite to avoid more political violence in America

Jennifer Roberts

Note: This program originally aired on June 20, 2024.

Recently, a group of faith leaders from Charlotte joined others from around the country on a trip to Northern Ireland to learn from that country’s violent past.

It’s been more than a quarter-century since the Good Friday Agreement. It ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland between the unionists, who wanted the nation to stick with the UK, and the nationalists, who wanted it to become part of independent Ireland.

The period, known as The Troubles, left thousands of people dead, and ripped apart families in a way that’s still being felt today.

As these American faith leaders explain, this kind of political violence is not far away on our own shores. Some say it’s already here.

On the next Charlotte Talks, we hear from some of the faith leaders who made the trip, the lessons they learned, and what everyday people can do to ensure a brighter future for our country.


Pastor Casey Crimmins, COO of ForCharlotte and pastor of Multiply Church
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, United Methodist clergy and community leader
Prof. Hadia Mubarak, assistant professor of religion at Queens University of Charlotte
Jennifer Roberts, former Charlotte mayor and consultant with The Carter Center

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