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experience. Now 25 and earning a master’s of divinity at New York’s Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity
School, VanBuren recalls that during a 10-minute cab
ride, his Derry taxi driver vacillated between discussing a coming football match and the horror of losing
his brother during the Troubles.
“I remember Denise saying that as part of the 1998
Good Friday Agreement that ended the Troubles, all
political prisoners were set free,” VanBuren says. “So
now the people who killed your son or your parent
or your brother or sister—they were now living down
the street from you, and you had to deal with it. The
politicians made the agreement, but the people had
to live it out. This captured how much any change
depends not on the ‘leaders,’ but on the citizens of
society. We often call for reform, but how often do
we take responsibility for ourselves?”
After graduating from Swarthmore, VanBuren
returned to Northern Ireland for a year to volunteer
at a Ballycastle peace and reconciliation center where
Catholics and Protestants participate in retreats to
discuss religious differences. After he earns his divinity degree, he hopes to open a U.S. interfaith retreat
center that examines societal issues and “brings together people who would not normally spend time
together. “

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Crossan—whose program requires students intern with a community group, conduct a research
project, and finish a reflective journal—introduces
the newcomers to Northern Ireland by asking they
attend three days of the conflict’s commemoration
events. The first time she saw her students after those
three days, she says, “I hadn’t anticipated the effect
that hearing the stories of Bloody Sunday victims and
the legacy of the conflict would have. They seemed
exhausted, emotional, reflective, and quiet. They were
struggling to put all their thoughts in order and to
make sense of what they had heard and experienced.”
One student, Crossan says, described an event
where the relatives of victims of 1972’s “Bloody Sunday” talked about that infamous day, in which the
British Army shot to death 14 unarmed nationalist
civil rights demonstrators in Derry. Relatives described
standing beside loved ones when they were shot and
experiencing bullets whizzing past. “The student was
struck by the manner in which the people told their
stories,” Crossan says. “In one moment, people were
laughing and making fun and in the next moment,
talking about a harrowing circumstance that would
bring them to tears remembering the event.”
Andrew VanBuren, a religion major at Swarthmore when he went to Derry in 2008, had a similar

One of the young adult
youth groups Andrew
VanBuren worked with
in Northern Ireland.
This group was made
up of young adults
from both the Catholic
and Protestant
communities who
came together
to petition the
government for
better mental health
services. “It was a
good example of
people setting aside
their differences to
work together towards
a common goal,” says
VanBuren.

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Peace Pathways
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