Restoration Ministries came together in 1988 as an interdenominational faith organisation responding to the suffering in Northern Ireland caused by our cycle of violence, fear and division. We had turned our brothers and sisters into strangers as hurt upon hurt had blinded us to the realisation that we are all one in Christ. In these circumstances it is impossible to love the other, so the cycle continues.
Quite apart from the consequences of our community divisions, many individuals for a variety of reasons feel the absence of love and belonging, so they suffer greatly.
Restoration Ministries seeks to release us, as individuals and community, from hurt and from our broken relationship with love and belonging, by hospitality, by listening, by prayer and by spiritual guidance, promoting understanding.
In pursuit of this we also give support to Faith & Friendship, a movement in Northern Ireland that provides space for people from different traditions to meet one another and to share their faith in an atmosphere of friendship.
Rev Dr Ruth Patterson, our spiritual director and retreat and conference leader, leads us in this, and has spoken at various events in Ireland and overseas about reconciliation, healing and peace.
We exist almost entirely by means of donations from other individuals who share this vision of peace and reconciliation.
Charity No: XN80860