Why the Armenian Genocide matters - meeting in London

By Press Office
April 23, 2015

Tonight, on Thursday 23rd April, a very important public conversation is taking place, entitled 'Against Genocide: faith, hope and Armenia'. If you are in the London area, we hope you will come along and extend the invitation to others (http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/against-genocide-faith-hope-and-armenia-ti...)

This year marks the centenary of Europe's 'hidden genocide' – the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects inside their historic homeland which lies within territory constituting present-day Turkey. It has still not been recognised by the UK and many other governments.

International lawyer and writer Dr Harry Hagopian, in conversation with Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow, explains why recognising and understanding this terrible episode in history is fundamental to establishing reconciliation, human rights, peace and justice in the world today. He also looks at the vital role faith communities can play in the quest for hopeful truth-telling and bridge-building in the face of ethnic and religious exclusivism.

Details: 6.30 - 8.30pm, Thursday 23 April 2015, Harecourt URC, St Paul's Road, Islington, London, N1 2LR. Refreshments available.

The event, which is also supported by Bloomsbury Baptist Church, is FREE. Contributions welcome, however. Location: http://www.harecourt-urc.org/id5.html

Please BOOK FREE on EventBrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/against-genocide-faith-hope-and-armenia-ti...)

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Harry Hagopian is an international lawyer, ecumenist and EU political consultant. He also acts as a Middle East and inter-faith advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and as Middle East consultant to ACEP (Christians in Politics) in Paris. He is an Ekklesia think-tank associate and regular contributor (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/HarryHagopian). Formerly an Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee and Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches, he is now an international fellow, Sorbonne III University, Paris, consultant to the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (UK), Ecumenical consultant to the Primate of Armenian Church in UK & Ireland, and author of The Armenian Church in the Holy Land. He is a papal Knight of St Gregory.

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