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Search Colloquium

Every other year the Church of Ireland journal, Search, organizes a colloquium on a particular topic.

This year the theme is ‘A New Look at the End Times’ featuring young Irish thinkers on the relevance of biblical apocalyptic today.  The speakers will be Dr Julia McKinley (NBSI) on the apocalyptic texts; the Revd Mark Gallagher and Paudie Holly on perspectives of science and theology; Eric Hughes (DCU chaplain) and Dr Allison Campbell (psychologist) on young people’s issues today; and the Revd Chris Mac Bruithin and the Revd Sean Hanily on pastoral insights regarding hope and fear.

A final panel discussion will feature contributions from the faculty of the TCD School of Religion, Theology and Peace Studies.

The colloquium will be held on  22 April in the TCD School of Religion, from 10.15am until 5pm. The cost including tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch will be €40/£35 and €20/£18 for students. Space will be limited so intending participants should book early and pay in advance by cheque, made out to Search, to Michael Denton, 10 Dun Emer Drive, Dublin D16 F788.

As Ireland introduces a new public holiday on 6 February, to mark St Brigid’s Day, tomorrow, (Sunday) on the 1500th anniversary of her death, the Revd Colin McConaghie will lead the choir and congregation of St Brigid’s church, Castleknock, Dublin, in a Service in the RTÉ studios, Donnybrook. The Service will be broadcast at 11.10am on RTÉ One and at 11.00am on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252.

The first St Brigid’s public holiday weekend will also be celebrated tomorrow (Sunday) at Sunday Service in Kildare Cathedral at 11.30am. In the evening at 7pm the Cathedral will host ‘A concert for Brigid’ featuring Eimear Quinn. Tickets are available through www.brigid1500.ie

The launch and the commissioning of the Church of Ireland Pioneer Ministry Team by Archbishops John McDowell and Michael Jackson will take place in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.15pm.  The guest speaker will be Most Revd Andy John, Archbishop of Wales. Today (Saturday) at 5pm the Archbishop of Dublin will participate in a Pioneer Ministry interview at Holy Trinity, Rathmines, with Archbishop Andy John ahead of the Commissioning Service; Pioneer Ministry is an initiative of the Church of Ireland to reach those with little or no connection to the good news of Jesus Christ. Emerging from within to encourage, support and release a movement that has the capacity to reach people in new places and in different ways.

The final enthronement of the new Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory will take place tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.30pm in St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny, where the Dean is the Very Revd Stephen Farrell.

The 2022 Black Santa Sit–out at Belfast Cathedral raised almost £130,000, and this will be passed on to around 130 charities at the annual Good Samaritans Service  in St Anne’s tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.30pm. This year’s giving focuses on charities working on the front line supporting those impacted by the cost of living crisis and charities which have been helping refugee communities across the province. Those attending the Good Samaritans Service will be uplifted by the music of Cantemus, a choir based in the north west of the province.

On Tuesday the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, Dr Paul Colton, will preside and preach at the 200th anniversary of the Church of St Mary, Carrigaline. On Wednesday the Cork, Cloyne & Ross Clergy Day Conference will be held in the Radisson SAS Hotel, Little Island.

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