The Church in the Public Square

The Church in the Public Square is a conference organised jointly between PCI’s Church and Society Committee and Union Theological College.

Following on from the last successful conference in January, the theme of the upcoming autumn conference is Equality, Freedom and Religion. It will be held on Thursday 9th October 2014 in Assembly Buildings, Fisherwick Place, Belfast from 10 am to 3.30pm. Registration from 9.30am.

The equality agenda is important in building a just and equitable society. Yet this raises many very important issues which have scarcely been debated, never mind satisfactorily resolved. Whilst freedom of religious belief is widely accepted, there is much less consensus on the issue of freedom of religious expression and practice within a modern democracy. This is one of the core themes that will be explored at this day conference, with the help of our three key speakers.


Religious Freedom in a Secular Society  Professor Roger Twigg, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Faith in Human Rights and Equality       Professor Colin Harvey, Professor of Human Rights Law, Queen’s University, Belfast

Facing Equality – What’s the Story?         Dr Michael Wardlow, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland 


To register, please visit  or telephone 028 9041 7203.


Conference fee, including lunch, £20. Full-time students £12.