RUBICON 2018 CONTRIBUTORS
Scot McKnight is an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, and author who has written widely on the historical Jesus, early Christianity and Christian living. He is currently Professor of New Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Illinois. McKnight is an ordained Anglican and author of A Community Called Atonement, The King Jesus Gospel and The Jesus Creed.
Jarrod McKenna is the co-founder of First Home Project, a community welcoming, housing and “giving a hand up not a hand-out” to recently arrived refugees, is the Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Perth, was a part of initiating the #LoveMakesAWay movement, and is a peace award winning nonviolent social change trainer, working primarily in the Middle East and Eastern Europe when not at home.
Marie Collins, born in Dublin, Ireland, was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in the 1960's which included photographic images being taken. She has campaigned for the protection of children and justice for survivorsfor many years. Marie has also campaigned for a better understanding ofthe effects of sexual abuse on children, particularly the taking of abusive images, speaking in many forums internationally to further this understanding.
She was a founding member of the Irish depression support group 'Aware' in 1985 setting up their voluntary Helpline which she ran for many years. Marie assisted the Archdiocese of Dublin in setting up their Child Protection Service in 2003 and also that year became a founding Trustee of the Advocacy and Counselling support group for abuse survivors, One in Four (Ireland). In 2010 Marie was the recipient of the Humber Summer School award for Courage. She is married with one son.
Noeline Blackwell is a human rights lawyer and Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. She has previously worked as the Director of FLAC, the Free Legal Advice Centres and as a solicitor in private practice. She is a member of the Commission on the Future of Policing. She has been a member of a number of NGO boards and of a statutory board. She currently sits on the boards of the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Front Line Defenders.
Ruth Garvey-Williams is editor of Vox Magazine who recently completely a massive piece of research on gender and equality in the Irish Church context. We look forward to hearing her conclusions and recommendations based on what she has learned about the Church's theory and practice.
Ally McGeever is the Young Women's Engagement and Development Officer for YWCA Ireland where she creates engaging and empowering events that equip young women to lead positive change in Ireland. She recently pioneered a discussion night on "#MeToo and the Church" which was a crucial addition to the national conversation.
FeliSpeaks (aka Felicia Olusanya) is a young Nigerian-Irish spoken word performance artist and writer who is fast becoming one of the most exciting and in demand poets in Ireland, her mind set on changing the face of the art form in Ireland.
Having first graced the stage at and won many slam competitions in Dublin's boisterous college poetry scene, she came to many people’s attention with a show stopping performance at the St Patrick’s Festival Young Blood 2017 event at the National Concert Hall alongside the likes of Rusangano Family, Hare Squead and Stephen James Smith.
Since then she has appeared at the Olympia Theatre for the Repeal Project, THIS IS POP BABY's show RIOT at Vicar Street, Dublin Castle with RTE Arena on Culture Night, Theatre Stage at Electric Picnic, collaborated with Stomptown Bass on ‘Requiem For the Truth" for the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2017.
FeliSpeaks also ended the year 2017 by receiving an award from the African Professional Network of Ireland for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City.
In 2018, FeliSpeaks continues to feature in St. Patrick's Day Festival 2018, also included in RTE highlights for her contribution of poetry to the festival.
Blurring the lines between music and poetry, she has performed alongside Saul Williams, Super Silly, JyellowL, NC Grey and more. With poems that explore different ideas of feminism such as ‘How about us?’, coming of age experiences like ‘Anxiety’ & ‘Eulogy’ and universal personal experiences, her art is centred on connecting with her audience through honesty, openness and thought provoking observations.
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