Added on 17/10/2012
A multi–faceted consideration of Church of Ireland approaches to the Decade of Centenaries as initiated by the recent Ulster Covenant celebrations heads up this autumn’s SEARCH – A Church of Ireland Journal, which is out now. A trio of articles consider the series of mould–breaking events: Bishop John McDowell, who chairs the C of I’s Historical Commemorations Working Group, opens with an overview of the Decade, urging that we “listen carefully to the whole story”. There follow reflections relating to the events of 1912 – 1922 from two different perspectives, with Wilfred Baker of Cork diocese reminding us of the respectable unionist tradition in the South and Aengus Dwane of TCD noting the positive attitude to the 1916 Rising expressed by Church of Ireland preachers in the jubilee year of 1966 .
Sexuality controversies dominate the next section of the journal. The material is designed to foster thoughtful discussion of the current church–dividing issues, rather than polarisation. Bishop Michael Mayes’ article charts his own journey through the territory in relation to the biblical texts and the community issues. The Revd Ron Elsdon poses questions from the conservative side to those who support the LGBT agenda; and Dean Tom Gordon, stating and then setting aside his personal situation, offers some important social analysis from recent surveys.
Three further articles explore the challenge to Christian mission of changing contexts (Revd Keith Scott); then the value and practice of “pastoral supervision” for ministers (Diane Clutterbuck); and finally, marking 350 years since the 1662 Prayer Book, Revd Dr William Marshall offers a concise summary of our common worship since the Reformation.
SEARCH has a new treasurer and subscriptions manager, Mr Michael Denton, formerly administrator of Christ Church Cathedral, who has taken over from Dean Stephen White. He urges subscribers to update their subscriptions, a serious number of which remain unpaid for the current year, putting the journal in a very difficult position.
Canon Ginnie Kennerley, editor SEARCH
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