A Free Public Event
“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” Drawing on this old Irish proverb, poet, story-teller and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama relates ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life. Combining poetry, story, scripture and Celtic spirituality he opens up gentle ways of living well in a troubled world. In conversation with Scot Sherman, Pádraig Ó Tuama will discuss his work as a poet and conflict mediator in Northern Ireland. “Over cups of tea and experience of bringing people together,” he says, “it becomes possible to be in the same room with the people we talk about.”
This event is free and open to the public.
What Others are Saying About the Book
“Reading Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work is like living inside a prayer.”
James Martin, SJ
Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
“Pádraig’s work continues to challenge, provoke and advocate that a better world is not just possible but essential. Honesty, empathy, compassion are the hallmarks of this work from a poet who accepts that he too has a responsibility to help make the world a fairer and better place.”
Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Assembly
“Pádraig Ó Tuama is an extraordinary person, whose influence extends quietly and gracefully across the world. His poetry bears these same qualities and brings him close. It is a gift to us all.”
Creator and Host of On Being
About the Speaker
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian and conflict mediator from Ireland. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. His published work incorporates poetry (Readings from the Book of Exile; Sorry for your Troubles), prose (In The Shelter) and theology.
He has worked with groups to explore story, conflict, their relationship with religion and argument, and violence. He has been a featured guest on On Being with Krista Tippett twice, and is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio on topics such as Religion in the public square, Loneliness, Conflict and Faith, LGBT inclusion, Reparative Therapy and the value of the Arts in public life.
Ó Tuama’s theological interests span his concerns with violence, language and poetics: using biblical texts, he explores the civic and artistic dynamics of language, narrative and impact. Most recently he has published a widely acclaimed essay on Celtic Spirituality in Lutterworth Press’ volume, Neither here nor there; the many voices of liminality
Conversations for the Common Good
Scot Sherman is the executive director of Newbigin House of Studies, and host of Conversations for the Common Good—public conversations with writers, artists, musicians and leading thinkers about the issues that divide us and the ideals that bring us together.
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, September 18th
St. John The Evangelist
1661 Fifteenth St.
(at Julian Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94103