Liturgy and Worship in a Multicultural Society
Report on Conference held at Cois Tine on Saturday
23rd of February 2008.
Background: In recent years Ireland has been facing the challenge of finding ways to welcome people from many different cultures and countries. Th is is equally true when it comes to finding an appropriate response to varied expressions of spirituality in our churches and communities. How can our liturgies and worship express and celebrate the richness and creativity of our new multicultural reality as well as deepen our own spirituality?
The aim of the day was to share our experience of working cross-culturally, look at changing liturgical and spiritual needs and explore possibilities of finding a way forward.
To facilitate this and to stimulate group discussion the Reflection Day included input from Dr. Pat Bracken, a medical doctor/ psychiatrist with wide experience of working with people from different ethnic backgrounds, particularly refugees and asylum seekers. Sr. Pereka Nyirenda RSC from Zambia also provided input. She has lived and worked in Ireland for several years and shared her experience of being an African, Zambian woman living in a changing Ireland.
An account of the input of both speakers and a summary of the main ideas that emerged from group discussions are included here.
Cois Tine is grateful to the Bons Secours Sisters who sponsored the Conference.
Note: see the end of next page for links to other articles and websites dealing with multicultural ministry and liturgy.