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Search Colloquium

For those who have already begun to think beyond Easter the upcoming Search Colloquium is a date for the diary.

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.

Last week the 14th volume in the Braemor Studies series was launched. Discipling on Church Street. The Lukan Saviour, His First Disciples and Discipleship in a Modern Irish Context is the work of the Revd Andy Hay who is currently curate in St Finnian’s, Cregagh, in Belfast.

The Braemor Studies series was launched in 2013. It publishes the best dissertation by a final year ordinand in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute and, to paraphrase CITI’s Director, Canon Maurice Elliott, is a realisation of one of the outcomes driving the delivery of ministerial training in CITI, which is the enabling of the mission of the Church of Ireland through academic excellence and culturally relevant research.

The Braemor Studies series is published by Church of Ireland Publishing and is available from CITI or the online store – store.ireland.anglican.org

A series of events to encourage and support positive mental health have been taking place in the Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough this spring. Organised by the Revd Garth Bunting and Canon Lesley Robinson, the events are part of the Church of Ireland’s MindMatters project. Tomorrow (Sunday) there will be a Walk of Wellbeing – a gentle guided walk with a focus on friendship and mindfulness – led by the Revd David White, in St Anne’s Park in Raheny (meet at the Red Stables) from 3pm to 5pm.

To mark Maundy Thursday and the 25th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, a multi–denominational group of clergy and laity, each with their own experience of the Troubles and their resolution, will come together in worship to celebrate 25 years of peace, and to re–commit to a future based on respectful collaboration and a shared Christian faith.  The service will be broadcast at 4.40pm on RTÉ One and at 7pm on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252.

The annual Good Friday Ecumenical Walk of Witness will happen as is customary. Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Dermot Farrell will lead an ecumenical pilgrimage across the city starting in St Mary’s Pro–Cathedral at 7:15pm and ending in Christ Church Cathedral where there will be a liturgy to receive the cross which they have carried, including psalm chanting, hymn singing and a reflection by Archbishop Jackson.

The AGM of the Church Education Society will be held on Thursday 27 April at 3.30pm via Zoom.


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