Added on 07/10/2012
7 October 2012
Second Dublin Diocesan Growth
Today (Saturday) in the High School up to 300 clergy and laity from the Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough will assemble to address the challenges faced by the church. This second Diocesan Growth Forum will continue the process begun in April which examined fresh expressions of church in the dioceses.
This event has been organized by the Diocesan Growth Committee in response to the social, cultural, economic and political changes which, along with a shifting religious landscape, have resulted in the emergence of a new unchurched generation. The discussions will address questions on the nature of the church’s mission and on how clergy and laity can effectively engage with members of the community outside the confirms of existing congregations.
The discussions will be led by George Lings, Director of the Church Army’s research unit. From within the dioceses Canon Neill McEndoo and the Revd Rob Jones from Rathmines and Canon Roland Heaney from Redcross will highlight the experiences of change in their parishes. The Revd Adrian McCartney of Boring Wells in Belfast, and the Revd Jackie Belfield, a Methodist minister from Warrington, will also address the forum.
Today (Saturday) the Bishop of Meath & Kildare will preside at the Diocesan Synod in Tullamore Parish Centre while the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory will continue his ‘Vintage Vehicle Peregrinations’ in aid of the Bishops’ Appeal by visiting parishes in Cos Carlow and Wicklow.
Tomorrow (Sunday) the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe will preach in Conwall parish church, Letterkenny, at a service which will be broadcast by Highland Radio. The Bishop of Limerick will preach at the Harvest Festival in Christ Church, Taney, while the harvest preacher in Derry Cathedral will be the Dean of Connor, the Very Revd John Bond.
Alice Leahy, Co–founder and Director of TRUST, a service for people who are homeless, will speak in Trinity College Chapel at the Choral Eucharuist at 10.45am. Her address is part of the ‘Soul Sisters’ series of addresses in which the TCD Chaplain, the Revd Darren McCallig, and a number of invited speakers, will speak about the women who have inspired them. Ms. Leahy will speak about Olivia Hughes, the founder of the Fethard Branch of the United Irishwomen, the forerunner of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association.
Tomorrow (Sunday) evening in All Saints’ church, Carnew, the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory will institute the Revd Ruth Elms to the incumbency of Crosspatrick & Carnew while in Kiltyclogher parish church the Bishop of Clogher will dedicate a plaque to the late Canon Robin Richey. Members of Glenageary Parish Choir will join the Monkstown Parish Choir to sing a selection of Wesley hymns at Monkstown Parish Church at 7.30 p.m. The Revd Vanessa Wyse Jackson, Minister at Rathgar Methodist Church, will give brief introductions to the music of the Wesleys, and will speak about the ten year–old Covenant between the Methodist Church in Ireland and the Church of Ireland.
The Fourth Theological Conference under the Porvoo Agreement will begin in Copenhagen next Monday. Among the contributors will be the Archbishop of Dublin who will speak on the Eucharist as a sacrament of unity and mission.
The AGM of the Church Education Society will be held in the Boardroom of the Church of Ireland College of Education on Wednesday at 7pm.
The final concert of the 2012 series in Calary Church, Co Wicklow, features Fionnuala De Búrca (soprano), Aingeala De Búrca (violin) and Joe Bradley (harpsichord) for a concert at 8pm. Tickets can be booked at (01) 2818118.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’