Belfast is a complex and complicated collection of communities.

But Rev Chris Hudson MBE, Unitarian Minister in south Belfast’s All Souls Non- Subscribing Presbyterian Church, has made it his mission to unite these disparate communities to create what he calls a non-conformist ‘beloved community.’

An unofficial negotiator for Protestant paramilitaries, his work eventually led to the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) announcing a ceasefire in October 1994. He is now supporting a group of loyalist ex-lifers to create a writing group.

Chris is also the unofficial Christian chaplain for Ulster’s gay community, and is a staunch ally in the political movement against austerity.

“I like fracturing consensuses. I think that’s a good thing. I think people should always come in and fracture whatever consensus is around at that time to force people to think why they believe in something.” Rev Hudson


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