Added on 03/11/2012
Saturday 3 November 2012
The third Sunday in November has been designated as Disability Awareness Sunday – now an annual event in the Church of Ireland. This year it falls on Sunday 18 November and the Standing Committee’s Working Group on Disability is encouraging parishes to mark and participate in the day as creatively as possible.
This has been a remarkable year in raising the profile and increasing public awareness of people with disabilities as sportsmen and women competed with total passion and commitment at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. There is, therefore, no better time than this to raise awareness at the local level of disability within the life of the Church: to celebrate participation and to encourage greater involvement of people with disabilities of every kind.
The Revd Canon Will Murphy, Chairman of the Working Group, sees the purpose of Disability Awareness Sunday as helping churches focus on disability not just for one day but for that day to lead to ongoing inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the Church. The day will provide churches with an opportunity for people with disabilities to take part in the services and through this and other ways to raise the awareness of disability among the church community in general.
There are various helpful resources for parishes to use such as those produced by ‘Through the Roof’, which offers advice and guidance through its website (www.throughtheroof.org) as well as its publications. Grove Booklets are also very helpful. Of these, Mark Bredin’s True Beauty: Finding Grace in Disabilities explains the importance of every church being inclusive in relation to people with many different disabilities.
Today (Saturday) the Bishop of Derry continues his visit to the Holy Land while in Dublin the Church of Ireland Historical Society will meet at 10.30 am in Christ Chruch cathedral. A lunchtime organ and poetry recital will be held in St Peter’s Church, Bandon. Organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford, Eric Sweeney, and poet, Mark Roper, will give a joint recital lasting about fifty minutes. Mark will read from his recent poetry book The River Book: A Celebration of the Suir while Eric will play some of his own compositions as well as improvising to Mark’s poetry. This concert is part of a nationwide series and will be repeated in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Wednesday at lunchtime. This evening (Saturday) at 5.15pm Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise will host a Reflective Service in the Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, as part of the Oireachtas.
Tomorrow (Sunday) morning the Revd Celia Grace Kennedy from the Church of Scotland will be the speaker in the ‘Soul Sister’ series at the Sung Eucharist in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin . In the evening at 7.30pm there will be a joint concert by the internationally renowned Fron Male Voice Choir, from the Vale of Llangollen in Wales, and the Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir in St Patrick’s Church, Harbour Road, Dalkey –details at www.dalkey.dublin.anglican.org .
The worldwide launch of ‘Land of Promise? An Anglican exploration of Christian attitudes to the Holy Land, with special reference to Christian Zionism’ will take place tomorrow, Thursday November 1, at 2pm in the Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines. It will be presented to the Anglican Consultative Council in New Zealand on Friday. The document will be launched and introduced by the Archbishop of Dublin, chairperson of the Network for Interfaith Concerns of the Anglican Consultative Council.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’