Major Gathering Of Island–wide Churches Helps To Celebrate Derry / Londonderry UK City Of Culture Year 2013
Added on 20/03/2013
The Maiden City is to be the venue for 85 delegates from churches all over Ireland to come together on 21st March 2013. Clooney Hall will host the 90th Annual General Meeting of the Irish Council of Churches. The delegates, from an increasingly wide array of Christian Churches and including senior church leaders will explore the theme of Faith in the City.
To help mark the fact that Derry – Londonderry is UK City of Culture for 2013 the ICC event will explore the cultural heritage of churches and their contribution to the life of the city. As a public recognition of this contribution on the afternoon of their meeting the Council will walk the newly opened Christian Heritage Trail in the city.
Developed by the Churches’ Trust the Christian Heritage Trail is to be officially launched on the same day. Led by local clergy, the Council will walk this Trail which follows an ancient pilgrim route from St Columb’s Park on the Waterside into the Walled City, linked by the new Peace Bridge and visiting some of the Christian sites along its way. Taking part in this walk will provide members of the ICC with an opportunity to visibly pray for, learn from and contribute to the Christian heritage of the city.
Interestingly, as the face and place of Christianity in Ireland evolves, the present day membership of the Irish Council of Churches reflects that changing landscape. Membership of the Council is made up of Protestant, Orthodox, Reformed, Independent and Migrant–led churches. As an illustration of this exciting diversity one of the newest members is the Redeemed Christian Church of God. This is the largest migrant–led Church in Ireland with over 15,000 members throughout the island. Latest Census figures also list over 45,000 Orthodox adherents. The Council also runs the Irish Inter Church Meeting together with the Catholic Church. When added to the membership of the longer established traditions, the ICC and the Inter–Church Meeting truly encompass the vast majority of Christians within Ireland.
The ICC represents the fourteen main Christian Churches in Ireland. It is one of the longest serving, established national ecumenical bodies in the world and has a proud history of addressing issues of justice, peace, reconciliation and integration.
Founded in 1922 in the immediate aftermath of the Irish civil war the ICC has been fostering dialogue and cooperation across the full spectrum of churches, denominations and mission traditions throughout the whole island of Ireland encompassing Reformed, Orthodox, evangelical, Catholic and Pentecostal traditions.
Since its foundation it has primarily appointed Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist Presidents, with one Lutheran, Quaker, Salvation Army, Non–Subscribing Presbyterian and Moravian President also serving. The current president in Romanian Orthodox.
The 90th Annual Meeting, will take place in Clooney Hall in Derry / Londonderry.