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Interfaith Perspectives on Healing

Registration is now open for ‘Interfaith Perspectives on Healing’, an online event on Tuesday, 7 June, organised by the Church of Ireland Interfaith Working Group. This is the first such online engagement event organised by the IFWG and will use the framework of Scriptural Reasoning to facilitate discussion.

Scriptural Reasoning is a form of reading, listening to and reflecting on scripture from different religious traditions addressing a selected theme. The IFWG has selected the theme ‘Healing’, which also is the theme of this year’s Refugee Week (20–26 June). It is hoped that this interfaith engagement around the theme in early June will help to raise awareness around Refugee Week and encourage faith communities to mark it in some way later in the month.

The three contributors for the event will be Shaykh Dr Umar Al–Qadri, Chair of Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council and Chief Imam of the Islamic Centre Ireland; Dr Iva Beranek, Ministry Facilitator, Church’s Ministry of Healing – Ireland; and the Rev David Kale, Leader, Belfast Jewish Community.

As part of the session, each contributor will be invited to give a brief introduction and reflection on their selected passage of scripture on the theme of ‘Healing’. Attendees will then be placed into smaller breakout rooms for a facilitated time of discussion and reflection on the three texts presented.

Tickets for the event are allocated according to faith tradition. The purpose for this is not to exclude or limit participation, but rather to ensure that some diversity of representation will be possible across the discussion groups.

To register interest in this event, please visit this link.

To learn more about Scriptural Reasoning, please visit www.scripturalreasoning.org

Today (Saturday) the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross will deliver the keynote talk entitled ‘Buildings: A Parson’s Dilemma’ at an all–day symposium in Nano Nagle Place of the Buildings of Ireland Charitable Trust, while on Wednesday Dr Colton will attend a reception at the Lord Mayor’s Chamber, City Hall, Cork, for the Irish Lebanese Cultural Foundation.

The lecture series relating to Archbishop Robinson’s collection of over 4,000 16th–18th century prints, continues at lunchtime on Tuesday via Zoom at 1–2pm. This week’s lecture by Elenor Ling, Curator within the Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, will be on ‘Lord Fitzwilliam and his Prints’. Free places may be booked online – at http://armagh-robinson-library.arttickets.org.uk – or by email to admin@armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk or by telephoning 028/048 3752 3142.

On Thursday evening in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, an exhibition of icons by Adrienne Lord will be opened. The exhibition will run until 11 October.

A new season of Summer Music at Sandford began last week. There will be lunchtime concerts at Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, every Friday during the summer from 1.10pm until1.50pm. Next Friday Jantien Vandenberg (flute) and Maja Elliott (piano) will present ‘Moods, melody and murmurs: music inspired by film, poetry and prose’.

Applications for seed funding from the Mind Matters COI project are now open.  This phase of the project will provide financial support for local mental health promotion initiatives which will address one or all of reducing stigma, promoting connections, clergy training and supports, and mental health and faith. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 29 July, and it is envisaged that funding will be available from early autumn 2022.  Online application forms are available on the Mind Matters website – https://mindmatters.ireland.anglican.org – or you may request a form by emailing the project team at MHP@rcbdub.org


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