Honour-Shame and Redemption and the Irish Story

Honour and shame are becoming increasingly prominent in Western culture and theology. Failure to adhere to society’s conventions coupled with public media forums can subject a person to public shaming. How does the gospel address this aspect of the human condition and behaviour? This event explores the nature of honour/shame in Scripture, culture, relationships, and ministry pertinent to the Irish story. As our towns and cities embrace those from non-Western backgrounds, where honour and shame have been a part of the culture for centuries, how can we be equipped to minister to an increasingly diverse church? And what about our own Irish story, where shame and honour (or lack thereof) has had its shaping force in our history?

The format will be a mix of lecture, panel discussion, and Q & A. Come along for an introduction and conversation about honour and shame and its implications for a more fruitful ministry and mission.

October 26th, Saturday | 10.30 – 16.00

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Jayson Georges

Jayson Georges (M.Div., Talbot)is the founding editor of HonorShame.com. He has served cross-culturally for 15 years and lives in the Middle East. His books include The 3D Gospel, Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures(with Mark Baker), and the forthcoming Ministering in Patronage Cultures: Biblical Models and Missional Implications

Jayson will be giving a biblical and theological introduction to the topic of shame and honour and its gospel ramifications.

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Fergus Ryan

Fergus Ryan was formerly senior leader of Trinity Church Dublin. He holds a first class honors BA/MA from Trinity College Dublin in Theology and Biblical Studies.

Until 1994, Fergus was a Senior Captain with Aer Lingus. He is currently a professional artist, represented by Sol Art in Dublin, and has exhibited regularly at the Royal Hibernian Academy and in the National Gallery of Ireland’s portrait prize exhibition. His work is included in the State collection.

Fergus is married to Sarah, and has four married daughters and twelve grandchildren.

Fergus will look at how shame and honour dynamics have shown up in Irish history and culture.

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Ally McGeever

From Co. Monaghan originally, Ally has worked in Dublin as a climate change researcher for the past five years, with a particular interest in the social injustice of environmental degradation and the intersection of climate justice and gender equality. In 2016 this led to Ally’s involvement with YWCA Ireland, an association that aims to empower young women in their leadership, Christian faith and human rights. In 2019, Ally joined the YWCA staff team as their Young Women’s Engagement and Development Officer. Over the past year Ally has worked to create engaging and empowering events that equip young women to lead positive change in Ireland. Ally is passionate about building capacity for young women’s leadership in Ireland, particularly in faith communities, and strengthening the vital role of young women in building a sustainable future.

Ally will be highlighting how the culture of those under 30 differs from their elders and how honour and shame show up in social media platforms as part of that difference.


Ulysses House,

22-24 Foley Street

Cost: €15.00

Students/unwaged: €10.00

(Please bring your own lunch. Tea and Coffee will be provided).