Transforming Unjust Structures: Gender Justice – 19th March

The Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal, in conjunction with the Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough, is hosting a seminar on the Anglican Communion’s 4th Mark of Mission – Transforming Unjust Structures – focusing on gender equality and gender justice issues, on Tuesday, 19th March, from 10am to 1pm, in the Chester Beatty Library, at Dublin Castle.

Come and hear the stories of gender justice issues from a variety of perspectives:

 The Irish Church Context – Ruth Garvey-Williams, Editor, Vox Magazine

• Gender Inequality Nationally – Dr Cliona Loughnane, Women’s Health Coordinator, National Women’s Council of Ireland

• An International Insight into Global Gender Issues – Veena Sullivan, Head of HIV & Sexual Violence Team, Tearfund UK

It will conclude with a light lunch at 1pm. Attendance is free but places are limited. To secure a place, please email seminar@ireland.anglican.org or contact Caoimhe Leppard at Church of Ireland House, Dublin, on 00 353 (0) 1 4125 608. Information on how to find the Chester Beatty Library is available at www.chesterbeatty.ie/visit

Irish College of Preachers Conference June 2019

The Irish College of Preachers exists to promote good preaching in the Church of Ireland, What is good preaching? According to Timothy Keller, New York pastor and compelling preacher: ‘It is preaching biblically; it is preaching attractively; It is preaching powerfully’.

Each year the Irish College of Preachers organizes a residential conference in September. This year sees a new departure with the conference taking place in early summer from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th June at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Dublin. The guest speaker will be Bishop Wallace Benn, a Dubliner who is a respected pastor; preacher and author. He will be speaking on: ‘Preaching that gets through: a look at the essential ingredients for effective preaching’.

The Conference is open to experienced and inexperienced preachers alike; clerical and lay. It is essentially practical with group workshop sessions with worship which seeks to model good preaching. Anyone interested should contact the conference organizer Bishop Ferran Glenfield; bishop@kilmore.anglican.org for further details.

Dioceses have sponsored people to attend in the past and if sponsorship is required please contact the Diocesan Bishop and or the Diocesan Warden of Lay Readers.

Day of Prayer for Young People and Youth Ministry – 3rd March

For the past five years the Church of Ireland Youth Department has organised resources for a Day of Prayer for Young People and Youth Ministry, designated by the House of Bishops as the Sunday before Lent. This year it will 3rd March 2019.
As in previous years, it is hoped that clergy and all who lead worship on that day will include prayer for young people and youth ministry in their services on that day, so that people in all parishes across the diocese are aware of and able to participate in this initiative. In previous years, a resource pack with ideas and suggestions for how to mark the day and to pray creatively has been sent around, but this year CIYD have produced an attractively presented booklet, which has been sent out around the diocese.

In addition, there will also be a gathering – aimed at young people, but of course open to all who are concerned to pray for and with them – in St. John’s Church in Longford at 5 pm on the day. The gathering will be a relaxed opportunity for people to come together for prayer, reflection on the Scriptures, and some social time over pizza. There will be space and opportunity for creative prayer during a simple worship service. If anyone would like more information, please contact Damian Shorten at d.shorten@dkea.ie or (087) 2274663. If you or a group from your parish/youth group are hoping to attend, please let Damian know as some idea of numbers would be a great help.