This month on the podcast, we’re sharing a conversation we feel very fortunate to have had with Irish theologian, poet and mediator Pádraig Ó Tuama. Pádraig facilitates groups across the world and for the past five years has led the Corrymeela community, which is Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. We first heard about Pádraig through the podcast On Being. His conversation with host Krista Tippett stayed with us for months. It wasn’t only this exceptional outer story he had to share about his life of growing up gay in a conservative Catholic community undergoing conversion therapies in his early twenties and then beginning his journey to healing and wholeness: it was the inner story of what he shared, too, about belonging and what our responsibilities are to one another. Pádraig features in our current issue of Dumbo Feather magazine, which is all about courage. We marvelled at how very little territory of the article was crossed in our hour together for this event in Melbourne. It seems Pádraig is always striving for new thresholds and new storylines in his life, offering the insights he gathers along the way with humility, warmth and humour.
This edited conversation was produced by Lizzie Marton, with music Dennis Liu
Purchase a copy of Dumbo Feather Issue 59, Courage
Visit Pádraig Ó Tuama’s website, In the Shelter