To be a sign and symbol that Protestants and Catholics can share together in a common witness and ministry of reconciliation. To provide opportunities for meeting, dialogue and learning in communities to dispel ignorance, prejudice and fear and to promote mutual respect, trust and co-operation. To support victims of violence and injustice. To enable the healing of personal and social wounds and to promote new initiatives for social and political change. To address contemporary issues of faith and ethics and develop new expressions of Christian Community, life and worship.
Projects and Activities
Corrymeela runs three centres in Ballycastle, Glenshesk and Belfast.
Corrymeela House, Belfast Corrymeela House in Belfast serves as an administrative office, a base for field workers, a meeting place for Corrymeela groups in the city, and a resource for many other groups who share some of the same aims and who lack a meeting place elsewhere.
Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle Groups and individuals who use the Ballycastle Centre stay in one of the three self-contained units which, together house 110 people. Residential twinned school, youth, adult and church projects with follow-up support work Open residential events for people from all traditions on social, cultural, political and religious themes Support for new projects in peace and reconciliation work and community development Training and learning projects in the fields of conflict mediation, Christian education etc. Sanctuary and support for victims and those under stress 'Treetops' children's bereavement support group
The Ballycastle Centre is operated by a mixture of long term staff (programme, administrative, housekeeping, cooking, maintenance) and twelve one-year volunteers (local and international). Each summer, up to 400 additional short-term volunteers are involved in special projects sponsored by the Community.
Knocklayd Knocklayd is situated in Glenshesk, one of the Glens of Antrim. Its purpose is to nurture 'ecumenical spirituality' and to offer small groups and individuals a place of retreat and respite. It can accommodate groups of up to 16 people and can offer self-catering or full accommodation.