Peacework with Ciaran McKeown

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Issues of peace around the world are a tangled weave, and extremely volatile. This conversation illuminates the complexities in Northern Ireland, and helps us to develop greater compassion and a deepening of our own thinking regarding ethnic factions within any nation. A respected political journalist in Northern Ireland, McKeown became an activist for peace and suddenly found himself forced out of his career. We hear his extraordinary story of courage and integrity, and his well-thought-out ideas of what it takes to end violence and create productive peace anywhere. "A vital, life-loving, life-celebrating and -respecting culture is what we have to create at the end of this century of murder," says McKeown. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Ciaran McKeown (1943-2019) is the co-founder of Peace People, along with Nobel Peace Prize laureates Betty Corrigan and Mairead McGuire. Produced with the support of the Fetzer Institute.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to create healthy politics on a small scale
  • A journalist's risky journey beyond objectivity
  • The tragedy that catalyzed a peace movement
  • Turning popular sentiment into political action
  • Personalities of the Catholic and Protestant theologies
  • Distinctions among unionists, loyalists, republicans and nationalists
  • The scary part of being a truly religious person
  • How churches could help end violence
  • The peaceful side of Ireland's history
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 3/1/1996       Program Number: 2586