"Supporting couples who are united in love across traditional Christian divisions and promoting acceptance of these relationships within Northern Ireland society"
The Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association, (NIMMA), was founded in 1974 as a result of a conference held at Corrymeela. It has spent the past 39 years providing country-wide support and information to couples either in or contemplating mixed marriage. In a society where sectarianism is institutionalised, NIMMA continues to lobby for the acceptance of mixed marriage, increased integrated education and wider availability of shared social housing. Much has changed since those early days and NIMMA has played a major role in influencing landmark changes in clerical attitudes and regulations toward mixed marriage to such an extent that it has never been easier to make a mixed marriage. NIMMA strives for changes to baptismal restrictions imposed by all the major denominations, for eucharistic sharing for interchurch couples, true reconciliation and a shared future for all.
Future developments will include:
- The production and publication of a follow up to its book ‘Mixed Emotions’ which featured real stories of mixed marriage. This book will give the children of mixed marriages the chance to tell their stories. View the play on You Tube
- The production of a drama for schools and a teachers’ resource pack to accompany‘Mixed Emotions’ and its inclusion on the Northern Ireland secondary level curriculum
- The instigation of research into mixed marriage and its potential impact on Northern Ireland’s health, education and political future.
NIMMA welcomes contributions by those who could help us take these important projects forward. Please contact us at 028 90235444 or by email.
- Mixed Emotions
MIXED EMOTIONS PLAY
NIMMA is pleased to have worked in partnership with the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education a play based on the NIMMA Mixed Emotions publication. This is a valuable teaching resource aimed primarily for young people. A video of the play, and accompanying discussion, can be viewed on You Tube by searching on "Mixed Emotions play Belfast" or use this link.
Where you can live and how your children are educated are important issues for many, particularly people in mixed relationships. The December 2014 edition of NIMMA news outlines NIMMA's role in a new Governmental Committee developing Shared Housing and also contains an interesting feature on integrated education.
The September 2014 edition celebrates an inter-faith service in Belfast featuring five of the world's leading religions and anticipates the "Both Sides Now" publication with a feature on the cover photograph. It also covers NIMMA's contributuion ot the digital archive and stories network, puttting the "conflict" into context.
NIMMA's funding by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is covered in the July edition, along "Unspoken Love" the Theaatre of Witness play featuring two couples from "Mixed Emotions" and an editorial on the ongoing relevance of NIMMA "Lets have the toleration and acceptance we deserve"
All love stories are unique and the ten accounts of mixed marriage told in the latest NIMMA publication "Mixed emotions" are no exception. Couples share their collective experience, stretching over seven decades. You learn how society has changed and yet how it remains the same. Their reveal how relationships can be made to blossomin face of opposition and we learn how to aspire and achieve far beyond our common divisions. The publication was authored by Paul McLaughlin, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and supported through Volunteer Now. NIMMA have plans to publish a further work exploring then experiences of children of mixed marriages. If you have a story to tell, please contact us.
A report published by the Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association (NIMMA) stresses that, despite more than one in ten marriages now being mixed, there is still much to do to create greater awareness and acceptance of interchurch marriage. The academic study of the work and impact of NIMMA represents the most recent in-depth look at the area of mixed marriage, with all of its connotations for church practice, education, housing and tolerance, to have been undertaken in Ireland. It is an accessible and valuable piece of social history which, while documenting the past, lays down guidelines for the future. Copies of the report are now available from NIMMA at Bryson House, Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7FE or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning Belfast 90 235444. Read more.
Are you in a mixed relationship?
Our publication "Mixed Marriage in Ireland" is a useful companion guide for those involved in or contemplating a mixed marriage. It provides practical advice on preparing for a mixed marriage and on raising children within a mixed marriage. It provides useful information which clarifies an often confusing situation and helps couples decide what is best for them. You can obtain a copy by contacting us. A small charge is requested to cover costs.
NIMMA helps people and families involved in or embarking on a mixed marriage. Contact us.
NIMMA, 28 Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT2 7FE
Telephone: (028) 9023 5444
NIMMA is a registered charity and depends on membership, on our volunteers and on grants. Our main funding source is the Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
n. We also depend upon grant aid for specific projects, conferences, publications and research. Taking forward our development projects will depend upon obtaining funding and support. We would welcome your help.