Lecturers

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason is a Methodist minister and directs a conflict organisation based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict." Prior to this, he spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy person in parish ministry in Belfast and has played an integral role in the Northern Irish peace process. He had a key role in establishing the Skainos project which is a world class urban centre developed in a post conflict society as a model of co-existence and shared space. It is acknowledged as the largest faith-based redevelopment project in Western Europe. Mason is a close advisor to Protestant ex-combatants on the civilianisation efforts of paramilitaries. He was instrumental in facilitating negotiations with paramilitaries and government officials in Northern Ireland, and in 2007 his contribution was formally recognised by the Queen. 

In 2009, Mason’s church was the stage from which Loyalist paramilitaries announced their weapons decommissioning. Mason has lectured in political and academic forums throughout Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the U.S.A. on lessons from the Irish peace process. He has been interviewed on CNN, BBC, ITV and various radio programs. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Ulster, completed his theological studies at Queens University and has a Bachelor’s in Business Studies from the University of Ulster. Gary is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, lecturing on reconciliation, peace building and the history of the Northern Ireland conflict, racism, sectarianism and conflict transformation. Gary is a faculty advisor and partner to the Negotiation Strategies Institute a Harvard University programme on negotiation.

Tours

Conversations in Northern Ireland with Guest Speaker Dr. Rev. Gary Mason | Oct 10, 2022

Join us on an 8-day Conversation in Northern Ireland, starting at $3,298* from New York, NY departing on October 10, 2022. Visit places such as Downpatrick, Belfast, Londonderry, Antrim Coast,... View Tour

Conversations in the Holy Land Dialogue Series with Rev. Dr. Gary Mason | Jan 4, 2023

Join Rev. Dr. Gary Mason on a 9-day Conversations in the Holy Land Dialogue Series, starting at $3,198* from New York, NY departing on January 4, 2023. Visit places such as Jericho, Golan Heights,... View Tour

Civil Rights in America: Exploring Civil Rights in America and their Impact on the Church with Rev. Brian Tillman & Gary Mason | Sept 26, 2023

Join guest speakers Rev. Brian Tillman & Gary Mason to explore Civil Rights in America and their impact on the Church, starting at $2,598* Ground Only on September 26, 2023. You will see the... View Tour