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Added on 23/02/2013

Saturday 23 February 2013

Inter Faith Workshop on Galway

A Workshop on Inter Faith Engagement will be held on Saturday 2 March in the Chapel of St Columbanus in NUI Galway. It will begin at 11am and conclude at 4.30pm. Parking will be available on the campus in the vicinity of the Chapel.

Organized by the Church of Ireland’s Inter Faith Working Group, the workshop will be based around the Porvoo Communion’s study guide, ‘Keys to Inter Faith Engagement’. The Porvoo Communion is a communion of  thirteen mainly northern European Anglican and Lutheran Churches, including the Church of Ireland. The aim of the ‘Keys’ document,  and of the Workshop, is to enable people to consider the situation where they live with their neighbours from different faith communities, and to support and develop inter faith dialogue. 

The Workshop will be led by Canon Andrew Wingate. The founding Director of the St Philip’s Centre for Study and Engagement in Leicester, he is now a consultant and teacher in the area of inter faith relations, particularly in Scandinavia. He was a member of the group which prepared ‘Keys to Inter Faith Engagement’. 

The attendance fee (including lunch and tea/coffee) is €25/20. Students may attend free of charge. The fee may be paid by cheque or cash on the day but those wishing to attend should register in advance with the Revd Darren McCallig at mccalld@tcd.ir or 353 (0) 1 896 1402.

Today (Saturday) the Clogher Diocesan Mothers’ Union will have a Quiet Day in Rossory parish where the speaker will be the Revd Grace Clunie, Director of Celtic Spirituality at St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning the Lenten Address at the Sung Eucharist in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, will be given by Fr Sean Healy SMA, Director of Social Justice Ireland. The Bishop of Connor will continue his round of Lenten talks on the Ministry of Healing on Monday evening in Christ Church, Lisburn. On Wednesday evening in St Andrew’s church, Malahide, the speaker at the Lenten Meeting of the Churches of Portmarnock and Malahide will be Sr Una Agnew who will talk about the spirituality of the poet, Patrick Kavanagh, and also on Wednesday evening, in the Church of St John the Baptist, Drumcondra, there will be a Service of Compline and Reflection for Lent at which the speaker, on the ‘Ministry of Music’ will be Ian Keatley, Director of Music in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin. The ‘Meeting God in Books’ series of Lenten talks continues on Thursday evening in the Cassandra Hand Centre, Clones, where the Revd Dr William Olhausen, Rector of Killiney, will speak about The Shack by William P. Young.

On Tuesday the Central Communications Board, chaired by he Bishop of Limerick, will host a Communications Day in Church of Ireland House, Dublin. Organized by the Press Officer, Dr Paul Harron, this annual event provides an important opportunity for Diocesan Communications Officers and diocesan magazine editors to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest. This year the keynote speaker will be Karen Burke, Media Officer with the Methodist Church in Britain, who will be focusing on social media strategies and engagement with the ‘twitterspace’.

On Friday evening there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the restoration of St Mary’s church, Carlow, where the rector is the Revd Olivia Williams. The official re–opening and the lighting of the spire will be conducted by the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory and the preacher will be the Dean of Leighlin, the Very Revd Tom Gordon.

 


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