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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

Irish Times Notes

Added on 05/07/2014

5 July 2014

Summer Issue of Search

The summer issue of the Church of Ireland journal, Search, edited by Canon Ginnie Kennerley, is largely concerned with matters of reconciliation – between groups within the Church, between individuals, or between Churches.

The Revd Dr David Hewlett, Principal of the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham, and a former Lecturer in Systemic Theology in the Church of Ireland Theological College, begins with the proposition that we learn most and change most transformatively when we listen to those who are most different from us. The Revd Dr William Olhausen, Theological Advisor to the Archbishop of Dublin, follows up with a challenging to think and speak in a logical and disciplined manner – even in the sexuality debate.

The Rector of Killinchy, the Revd Stanley Gamble suggests, as the 12 July approaches, taking a new look at the Orange Order, and what it can do and has done to promote peace in Northern Ireland, and the Very Revd David Godfrey, a longstanding member of the Corrymeela Community, reflects on what Corrymeela has taught us about the incarnational aspect of our “face to face” relationships with one another, as channels for Christ’s compassion and healing.

Healing is the theme of Iva Beranek’s article about another community that crosses divides in Northern Ireland, ‘Restoration Ministries’, founded by Ruth Patterson in 1988 and still offering a ministry of spiritual listening and healing to individuals and groups alike. It has taught her lessons that all parishes could learn from in terms of allowing time to go deeper into past trauma so that painful scars can be erased in prayer. From another angle, the Revd Dr Ian W Ellis, Secretary of the Church of Ireland Board of Education (N.I.) looks at the potential for community reconciliation through shared education systems in Northern Ireland.

Lastly, this issue deals with healing of rifts between Churches, a topic of the moment now that mutual recognition of ministry has been agreed with the Methodist Church in Ireland. But this is nothing new. The Church of Ireland has been in communion with the Lutheran Churches of the Nordic area for some two decades, but few are aware of the depth of mutual recognition and cooperation between the churches. The Archdeacon of Clogher, the Ven. Helene Steed, originally from the Church of Sweden, and the Revd Ása Björk Ólafsdóttir from Iceland, have both been in parish ministry in the Church of Ireland for some time, and they offer respectively an outline of the developments and a personal story, to give us a sense of how such relationships proceed.

Christ Church cathedral, Waterford will host a series of recitals on each Saturday in July at 1pm on its historic Jones/Elliot organ. The first recital will be given today (Saturday) by Malcolm Proud, Organist of St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny, and will include music by Clérambault, Fresobaldi and J.S. Bach.

The choir of St Paul’s church, Glenageary, directed by Derek Verso will sing at the Eucharist in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, tomorrow (Sunday) morning as one of the visiting choirs during the cathedral choir’s holidays. This will be St Paul’s first time to sing at the Sunday Eucharist in the diocesan cathedral and a first time for St Paul’s 17 year old organ scholar, Matthew Breen, to play the cathedral organ for the service.

On Friday Bro. David Jardine’s International Divine Healing Ministries have organized a Day of Prayer for a peaceful 12th of July. Prayer will be offered from 10am until 4pm in three churches including St Finian’s Church, Cregagh.


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