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QUB Theology Lecture

‘Theology: Why it matters to the academy and the Churches’ is the subject of the 2022 Church of Ireland Theological Lecture at Queen’s University, Belfast, which will be delivered by Professor Alister McGrath.  The lecture will take place on Monday, 4 April, at 6pm in the Isdell Courtyard at Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

A renown scholar, theologian, author and communicator, Professor McGrath is the current Andreos Idreous Professor of Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. The 64th Theological Lecture will be the second time he has delivered the lecture, having spoken on ‘Rediscovering the Attraction of Christianity’ in 1996. 

In his lecture, Professor McGrath will explore why theology remains important for both the Christian Churches and the secular world, including the academy.  He will discuss the many facets of theology, exploring its relevance for Churches, understanding important works of art and literature, and for wider reflection on how we all reflect on life’s deepest questions. Professor McGrath will consider the insights of his fellow Ulsterman, CS Lewis, on some of these questions. 

Tea, coffee and shortbread will be available from 5.15pm on site.

Tickets are free, and may be reserved at this link.

Since 1957, the Church of Ireland Board of Education (NI) has sponsored lectures to challenge and stimulate the public discussion of theology amongst students and the general public. In recent years, guest lecturers have included the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; atmospheric scientist Prof Katherine Hayhoe; historian and scholar Prof Mark Noll; and theologian and astrophysicist, the Rev Prof David Wilkinson. You can listen to these and other recent lectures, and read more about the history of the series, on this dedicated page.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Archbishop of Dublin will preach at the 10am service in Sandford parish church and will preside at a baptism in St Philip’s church, Milltown at 11.30am.

The Annual General Meeting of the Church Education Society will be held on Tuesday, 5 April 2022, at 3.30pm via Zoom.

The Revd Colin McConaghie has been appointed as Rector of the grouped parish of Castleknock & Mulhuddart with Clonsilla in succession to Canon Paul Houston who has retired. He was ordained in 2011 and served as Deacon Intern in Seagoe parish in the Diocese of Down & Dromore and as Curate Assistant in Derryglass parish in Armagh and Dunboyne & Rathmolyon group of parishes in Meath & Kildare, before being appointed Rector of the Carrickmacross group in Clogher in April 2017. A native of Lurgan in Co. Armagh, his home parish is Shankill, Lurgan. Prior to ordination he worked in events and environmental education with Craigavon Borough Council.

The Revd Arthur Barrett has been appointed to the chapter of Christ Church cathedral Dublin, as twelfth Canon in succession to Canon Olive Donohoe who has retired. Canon Barrett has been Rector of Arklow, Inch & Kilbride since January 2021. Prior to this he served in parishes in Dublin, Sligo and Enniskillen, and was Dean of Raphoe before moving to the Diocese of Glendalough. 

The Bishop of Clogher, Dr Ian Ellis, has appointed Revd Tim Irvine as the Bishop’s Curate of the Donagh group of parishes in Co Monaghan, which include the parishes of Donagh (Glaslough) and Tyholland with Errigal Truagh. Mr Irvine has been Rector of the Mountmellick group of parishes in Co. Laois in the Dioceses of Meath & Kildare, and previously served in Dublin as a curate and a school chaplain and in Kilkenny.

Church of Ireland Notes

Published in the Saturday edition of The Irish Times

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