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Green Values and Progressive Politics – Religion, humanism and the ethical basis for political activism

9 Jul 2016

By Sat 9 Jul 2016July 6th, 2020Events, GREEN VALUES

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Event Details




Room 01/052 Lanyon Building,
Queen’s University Belfast

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While admission is FREE to this event, registration is REQUIRED.

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Queen’s University Belfast is easy to reach by a reliable and frequent bus and train services, making for a green and stress-free way to get there.

For example, for those of you in the Dublin area the 07:35 train from Connolly Station gets into Belfast Central at 09:45. All you have to do on arrival is cross to the next platform and take a train to Botanic Station, then stroll to Queen’s University well in time before we start! Your ticket from Dublin even covers your entire journey to Botanic Station. Here is a map of how to get from Botanic Station to Queen’s University – it will take approximately 5 minutes to walk.

Returning is just as easy, with trains departing from Belfast Central at 18:05 and 20:05 (the last one), arriving into Dublin at 20:17 and 22:17 respectively.

Event Programme



Nuala Ahern
(Co-Editor of “Green Values, Religion and Secularism”
and former Chair of Green Foundation Ireland)
John Barry
(Professor of Green Political Economy at Queen’s University Belfast)
Erica Meijers
(Co-Editor of “Green Values, Religion and Secularism”
and Editor-in-Chief of De Helling, the quarterly of
Bureau de Helling, the Dutch Green Foundation)

In the morning, Erica Meijers will speak about “Marx, Religion and Politics”, while during the afternoon there will be a discussion with Nuala Ahern, John Barry and Erica Meijers about the book “Green Values, Religion and Secularism”.

There will be responses from Green activists, faith communities and humanists.

As always at our events, an important part will be the Q&A sessions which will allow full participation by those attending.

Further updates on this event will appear on this page.

This event is made possible with the financial support of
the European Parliament to Green European Foundation.


Our debate is inspired by the book “Green Values, Religion and Secularism”, published by Green European Foundation in 2015, in which Green politicians from different European contexts reflect on the relationship between politics and religion, both in their own lives and in society.

“Green Values,
Religion and Secularism”

Edited by:
(Green Foundation Ireland)
(Bureau de Helling)

You can read more about the book, which is also available for downloading, here.

Six European Green foundations participated in conversations on religion, Green values and secularism with Green activists and politicians from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland and Turkey.

You can read more about the book, which is also available for downloading, here.