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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

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Added on 31/08/2013

Saturday 31 August 2013

BACI Annual Conference
The Annual Conference of the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland, entitled ‘The Spirit of Biblical Interpretation’ will be held at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin, on Saturday 7th September.

Reading the Bible has always been at the heart of Christian identity. It has shaped both our doctrine and how we live as Christians. How do we make sense of the Bible today and how does it become for us both the ‘living bread’ and the ‘sword of the Spirit’? Two guest speakers bring a wealth of wisdom and experience to the area of biblical interpretation and are committed to equipping clergy and laity to be faithful readers and interpreters of Scripture.

The Revd Dr Ian Paul is Director of Communication at St John’s College Nottingham. He also teaches New Testament and hermeneutics. He has published both popular and academic works on the Bible and its interpretation and is also a regular speaker at New Wine and other national and regional conferences. Dr Andrew is Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology and Programme Convener for Ministerial theology at Roehampton University. He is also the author of the h+ Course, a 10 week course on the art and science of biblical interpretation.

The day begins at 9.30 with registration and coffee and will conclude by 4pm. The cost is €20 and this will include coffee and lunch. Whilst the conference is a Church of Ireland initiative, it is open to Christians of all traditions. Further details and booking information from the Rev William Olhausen (wolhausen@gmail.com) or Dr David Hutchinson Edgar (David.hutchinsonedgar@gmail.com).

Tomorrow (Sunday) in St Mark’s church, Tandragee, the Archbishop of Armagh will ordain Geoffrey Haugh as a deacon–intern to serve with the Revd Shane Foster in Ballymore parish, while in St Mary’s church, Enniscorthy, the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory will ordain Caroline Farrar as a deacon– intern to serve in the Enniscorthy union of parishes where the rector is the Archdeacon of Ferns, the Very Revd Christopher Long.

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 4pm there will be an Afternoon of Music and Verse with Jean Carr and Friends. This event is in support of the restoration of the stained glass and the audience is invited to dress in ‘Thirties Style’.

Eco–Congregation Ireland has asked that from 1 September until 4 October, in common with Christians throughout the world, the Irish churches should consider the issue of water justice as they observe Creation Time. This theme was chosen to tie in with the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. Creation Time has its origins in a suggestion by the Ecumenical Patriarch in 1989 that 1 September, the first day of the Orthodox Church’s year, should be observed as a day of protection for the natural environment, Ten years later the European Christian Environment Network widened this proposal and urged Churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to 4 October, the Feast of St Francis. This was endorsed by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania, in 2007 which recommended that the period ‘be dedicated to prayer for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change’. The Church of Ireland representative on Eco–Congregation Ireland is the Rector of Tullow, Co. Carlow, the Revd Andrew Orr.

On Wednesday the Archbishop of Armagh will travel to Serbia for a meeting of the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue.

 


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