Added on 22/03/2014
Saturday 22 March 2014
Bishops’ Appeal News
A Lenten Reflection Series focusing on the theme of compassion is being explored jointly by Bishops’ Appeal and the Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland. The series will reflect upon theological and practical aspects of compassion and will root its exploration in both the local and the global context. The opening reflection is provided by Jessica Stone who is the Ministry Coordinator for the Church’s Ministry of Healing. It is a powerful extract from a reflection Jessica delivered at the Bishops’ Appeal Conference in February where energetic calls to respond to poverty and injustice were balanced by this reminder that in order to love others and respond compassionately to their needs in a way that is not determined by our energy levels, circumstances and emotional reserves, we need to constantly return to the Infinite Source of compassion. Only when we are filled can we then turn and bless others. The reflection can be found at: http://ministryofhealing.ie/thoughts/tapping-into-gods-compassion-this-lent/ and http://bishopsappeal.ireland.anglican.org/prayer-and-reflection
2013 saw the Church of Ireland donating a total of €419,720 and £205,267 through the Bishops’ Appeal to projects across the globe to help alleviate poverty and suffering and to allow people the education and the opportunity to have a better life. A large proportion of this was directed towards the Philippines. Details of projects funded can be found in the Bishops’ Appeal annual leaflet. Already in 2014 several projects have received funding. These include a farmer’s garden for displaced indigenous people in Argentina, women’s vocational training in Ghana, teacher training in Uganda, emergency relief in Myanmar, gender based violence education in Zambia, and agricultural training for subsistence farmers in Honduras.
Today (Saturday) Amanda Dillon will lead an ‘Open Doors Quiet Morning’ in the east end of Christ Church cathedral, Dublin. In the evening in the Royal Festival Hall, London, the world premiere of Toour Fathers in Distress by musician Neil Hannon will be performed. Writing recently in The Guardian (link), the composer explained that the work was dedicated to to his father, the retired Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd Brian Hannon, who, for the last six years, has been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Tomorrow evening, on the eve of St Macartin’s Day, the Archbishop of Armagh will preach at Choral Evensong in St Macartin’s cathedral, Enniskillen. In Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, at Evensong, Canon Robert Deane, Rector of the Swords group of parishes, will be installed as Canon Treasurer and the Revd David Gillespie, Rector of St Ann & St Stephen’s, as 12th canon. In St George’s church, Belfast, Evensong will be sung by the choir of Jesus College, Cambridge.
On Tuesday the final lecture in the series, ‘Introducing Christ Church’ will be given by Canon Roy Byrne who will talk about the cathedral’s collection of silver. The lecture begins in the Music Room of Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, at 1.05pm.
From Friday until Tuesday 1 April a fully staged production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde will be performed in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, as part of the Limerick City of Culture. More details may be had at www.limerickcityofculture.ie
Among the Lenten events next week will be a lecture tomorrow (Sunday) evening in All Saints church, Mullingar, where the politician, Seamus Mallon, will reflect on ‘Was there a Christian perspective to the Peace Process?’ Wednesday will bring another Quiet Day in St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, while in All Hallow’s College, Drumcondra, on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm Dr Kenneth Milne, educationalist and historian, will speak on ‘Hope and the Wisdom of Age’.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’