Belfast Telegraph

Church reveals own plan to tackle Troubles

BY Alf McCreary

Presbyterians frustrated at political attempts to deal with the past have said it is "time for God's people to forge ahead" and tell their own story - in the hope that others will follow.

The Presbyterian General Assembly yesterday backed funding for a research project on how their Church responded to the Troubles.

The task group recommending the project said that priority should be given to those connected with the Presbyterian Church and "have first-hand experience of being victims and survivors of the Troubles".

The range of interviewees will include ministers, chaplains, youth workers, health and social care professionals, prison officers, politicians, members of the loyal orders, paramilitaries and others.

Rev Tony Davidson, convenor of the Church's group tackling the legacy of the Troubles, said: "Attempts by politicians to deal with the past have stalled.

"It is now time for God's people to forge ahead and examine our own past in the hope that other Churches and wider society will follow."

Dr Norman Hamilton said: "I hope this will send a strong message to political parties and others that the Church is committed to playing its part in helping to build better relationships in civic life and local communities."

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