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Ruth Patterson

Thursday, 02 May 2013 23:02

BIOGRAPHY/ PROFILE

Ruth Patterson is a Presbyterian minister, since 1988 has been Director of Restoration Ministries, a non denominational, Christian organisation committed to peace and reconciliation based in Northern Ireland.

  • In 1976 Ruth became the first woman to be ordained as a minister in Ireland.
  • Edinburgh University/Royal Bank of Scotland awarded Ruth the Alumna of the year in 2000.
  • In 2001, Ruth received an honorary doctorate from the Presbyterian Theology Faculty of Ireland.
  • In 2003 Ruth Patterson was awarded an OBE for her efforts in reconciliation.
  • She has authored four books and numerous articles stemming from her commitment to unity and peace. Books - ‘A Farther Shore,’ ‘Journeying towards Reconciliation – A Song for Ireland,’ Proclaiming the Promise,’ and ‘Looking Back to Tomorrow – A Spirituality for Between the Times.’
  • For many years now Ruth has been a Retreat and Conference leader within Ireland and farther afield.
  • Ruth produces annual scripture guidelines for Faith and Friendship, an organisation in Northern Ireland inspired by Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche an international movement for people with learning difficulties. Jean Vanier is a close friend of Restoration Ministries
  • Ruth has a chapter in Joy Carol’s book- Finding Courage.
  • Ruth contributed to ‘Forgiving and Remembering in Northern Ireland – Approaches to Conflict Resolution’, edited by Graham Spencer

Faith & Friendship

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 23:03

Faith and Friendship is a movement inspired by Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche and Faith and Light. It provides a space for people from different traditions to meet one another and to share their faith in an atmosphere of friendship. These groups,nurtured by the Spirit, are a little icon of hope in Northern Ireland.

“If we disarm ourselves, if we dispossess ourselves, if we open ourselves to the God-Man who makes all things new, then He will wipe out the evil past and give us a new time where everything is possible.” Patriarch Athenagoras.

If interested please contact Restoration Ministries.

Publications

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 22:50

Ruth Patterson has authored four books and numerous articles stemming from her commitment to unity and peace.

Books:

A Farther Shore

Journeying towards Reconciliation – A Song for Ireland

Proclaiming the Promise

Looking Back to Tomorrow – A Spirituality for Between the Times

The Gaze Of Love

CD:

Journeying with a Pilgrim God

Ruth contributed a chapter in Joy’ Carroll book Ruth wrote a chapter on reconciliation – an American author.

Ruth writes the annual F & F guidelines.

Ruth contributed to ‘Forgiving and Remembering in Northern Ireland – Approaches to Conflict Resolution’, edited by Graham Spencer

A Farther Shore by Ruth Patterson

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 22:41

I love Ireland. Is it because my grandmother was a Maloney, I was told, originally from County Clare? Or is it because of the Irish people's friendliness, their faith, their laughter, their jokes, or because of the windy, rainy days and the land frequently surrounded by angry waves? One day however I discovered another Ireland; huge wire barriers separating streets in Belfast; guns held sometimes by young, fearful soldiers from England; mothers telling me of their sons killed by 'the other side', their bodies left lying in the open streets; people in the south asking "Aren't you afraid to go up there?"

Forward by Jean Vanier

Year: 2000

Price: £7.50 

At the heart of individual lives, at the heart of communities, nations and continents there exists a brokenness resulting from the violence, abuse, sectarianism and conflict of the past. Often we are lured into a cycle of bitterness, hatred, revenge, suspicion and, ultimately, to despair. Experience and history tell us that the wrongs of the past cannot be wiped out without a trace.

Year: 2003

Price: £8.30

Proclaiming the Promise: Reflections on the God of Love is a book of reflections that have emerged as Ruth has journeyed through specific events, times and seasons, and as she has travelled in her spirit through some of the sacred moments of the cycle of the Christian year.

While these reflections are largely born out of a life shaped by the last forty years or so of Ireland’s story, the underlying themes are universal. It is Ruth’s prayer that the thoughts and images in this book may enable the reader to see beyond the immediate and be seized by hope in the present and for the future.

Year: 2006

Price: £6.00

Addressing the current period of flux and change that we find ourselves in, economically, socially and personally, Ruth shows the path to awakening belief, pointing to some of the timeless truths from the storylines of yesterday that can nurture our spirituality in this present in-between time and link us to the tomorrow of that new creation, towards which everything is reaching. In this way Ruth hopes that we can be the bridge ’between the times.

Year: 2009

Price: £8.45

 

Welcome to Restoration Ministries

Thursday, 26 January 2012 11:16

Restoration Ministries is a faith driven organisation that aims to restore and strengthen broken persons and broken society through prayer, listening, hospitality and teaching.

 

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