Added on 08/03/2014
Spring Issue of Search
The Spring issue of the Church of Ireland journal, Search, is now available in which Ethne Harkness, Chair of the Commission on Episcopal Needs, offers some reflections on the proper role of bishops while the Bishop of Connor writes of his time at the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan. The new Bishop of Meath & Kildare, the Most Revd Pat Storey, has released an article she wrote about her vocation five years ago, until now unpublished.
An important matter for the General Synod in May, and also for June’s Methodist Conference, will be the vote to confirm that the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church will from now on accept each other’s ministers. The Rev Barry Forde, Secretary of the Church of Ireland – Methodist Church in Ireland Covenant Council, offers a digest of the Council’s proceedings and its resolution of the issues, also sharing his personal experience of ministry in tandem with his Methodist colleague.
Further items include a report from Adrian Stringer and Dr Abby Day of a recent conference in Canterbury addressing issues that threaten to divide the Anglican Communion. This is complemented by a look at the source of divisions within Islam – a faith with probably as many “denominations” as Christianity and with two major traditions. Nearer home, Malcolm Macourt contributes a consideration of the “religious” element of Irish Censuses of Population of 2011, which appears to show a decline of self–identifying Anglicans in the North and a corresponding rise in the South. On a more general level, Noel Coghlan takes a questioning look at 21st century attitudes in Ireland, asking “Whatever happened to Civic Morality?”
Today (Saturday) from 10 am until 3pm the Church’s Ministry of Healing will host a Quiet Day at the Mageough Home, Rathmines, where the leader will be Dr Iva Beranek.
Among the Lenten events which are scheduled for later this week are the Bishop of Connor’s talk on ‘Discipleship and Ministry’ in Jordanstown on Monday evening and a ‘Space for Reflection’ day in Belfast cathedral on Wednesday.. In the Cassandra Hand Centre, Clones, there will be an exploration of the Prayer Book by the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory on Wednesday evening and in St Andrew’s church, Malahide, the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne, will talk about spiritual healing. A series of ecumenical evening services and addresses begins in All Hallows College, Drumcondra, on Wednesday at 7.30pm when Fr Kieran Dunne, Chaplain to the Mater Private Hospital, will speak about ‘Hope in the Journey through Illness’, and on Thursday evening at 8pm in the Stillorgan Park Hotel the first talk in an ecumenical series on world religions will be given by Yanky Fachler on ‘Living as a Jew in Ireland’.
Tomorrow (Sunday) the final address in the ‘Golden Rule’ series at in 10.45 Choral Eucharist in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, will be given by the Revd Dr Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths. He will reflect on how the Golden Rule can be a powerful resource in interreligious dialogue. In St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, at 4.15pm, the Dean Herbert Cassidy Memorial Organ recital will be given by the Revd Dr Peter Thompson, Succentor and Assistant Organist in the cathedral.
On Tuesday in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the second lunchtime lecture in the ‘Introducing Christ Church’ series will be given by Ian Keatley, Director of Music in the cathedral . ‘Music at Christ Church’ will begin at 1.05pm.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’