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05 Home news
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10 Home news
13 Thinking wellbeing
16 Guest column
17 Opinion
19 Practical advice
22 Thinking
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24 Thinking leadership
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28 World news
31 Children
32 Youth/Young adults
34 Diocesan photos

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EDITORIAL

START WITH WHY

Welcome to the Church of Ireland of to outdo themselves. The pursuit, People scour his writings, hoping
Gazette, in our new monthly for those who lose sight of WHY that some of his genius as an
format. they are running the race, is for the investor might rub off. One of his
Thank you for being a subscriber, medal or to beat someone else.” pithier sayings doesn’t so much
a reader - or both. Inside this new Whether it’s our own local parish point to the keys to successful
format, you will still find Home and or any other level of the Church of investment, but suggests a need
World news and the Letters page. Ireland, we will always benefit from for realism. “It’s only when the tide
There will be Opinion columns keeping the WHY clearly in our goes out that you learn who’s been
that you may or may not agree minds. The WHY is always going swimming naked.”
with - they are designed to get us to be Christ - both loving him and Buffett has put his finger on
thinking. You will also find being a witness to his message something - that there comes a
a wide selection of articles, for wherever we find ourselves. It
time when the substance of what
your interest. matters not what Church tradition is
we build is tested. He might be
We particularly appreciate those our preference - that will always be
surprised to see his observation
who have contributed articles and secondary. The language we choose
echoed in the Bible (I Cor 3:11-15).
those who have placed advertising. to express the WHY may differ, but
Like anything else, our new format the intention doesn’t. It is the same principle. We
may take a little while to get used to Warren Buffett is famously one can work with great enthusiasm
- but hopefully not too long. of the world’s most successful at something. It can have all
Simon Sinek wrote this great investors. He is said to have a net the appearance of success and
sentence: “All organisations start worth of over $84 USD billion. This busyness. Yet, the time always
with WHY, but only the great ones would make him the third wealthiest comes when the true worth of what
keep their WHY clear year after year. person in the world. However, he we are building is tested.
Those who forget WHY they were reportedly still resides in the same It makes asking the question
founded, show up to the race every house in Omaha, Nebraska, that he WHY not just important - but also
day to outdo someone else instead bought in 1958 for $31,500. energising!

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HOME NEWS

4 CORNERS FESTIVAL
RETURNS ONCE AGAIN TO BELFAST
Canon David Porter, one of the
Archbishop of Canterbury’s closest
aides, will be one of the main
speakers at this year’s 4 Corners
Festival, which takes place in
Belfast from 31st January to
10th February.
The festival, co-founded by
Presbyterian minister, Rev Steve
Stockman, and Roman Catholic
priest, Fr Martin Magill, is now in
its seventh year. Both say the aim
of the festival is “to inspire people
from across the city to transform it
for the peace and prosperity of all.”
They said: “It consists of a
David Porter speaking at Clonard monastery in February 2018, with
range of innovative events,
Archbishop Welby in front row (right). (Photo: Redemptorists International)
including music, poetry, drama
and discussion, designed to entice forgiveness’. During this year’s conflicts around
people out of their own ‘corners’ festival, there will be a series the world.
of the city and into new places of events exploring this topic “Yet, it remains a deeply
where they will encounter new from several angles, including ‘Is controversial and problematic
perspectives, new ideas and new forgiveness possible if a perpetrator response to the hurt and injustice
friends.” does not show remorse?’ or ‘Is of conflict. The scandal is real and
The theme this year is ‘Scandalous repentance an essential part of the ability of the Church to bear
forgiveness’. It will include around being forgiven?’ The festival will its weight is a challenge for every
20 events in churches and parish also cover community forgiveness generation.”
centres throughout the city. One and self-forgiveness. Canon Porter will renew friendship
of the highlights promises to be Canon Porter, originally from between Lambeth Palace and
an evening event entitled ‘Lessons Belfast, was appointed chief of staff the Redemptorist Community
from Rwanda’ at St Stephen’s and strategy at Lambeth Palace by at Clonard monastery, when he
Church of Ireland, near Belfast Archbishop Justin Welby in 2016, delivers a keynote address at an
city centre. having previously served as canon event there marking the close of
A big draw is expected to be director for reconciliation ministry the festival. He was last there in
Jesuit priest, Fr Gregory Boyle, at Coventry cathedral.
February 2018, when Archbishop
from Los Angeles, US, founder of He is a co-founder and former
Justin led a 60-strong pilgrimage to
Homeboy Industries - the largest director of Evangelical Contribution
Clonard.
gang intervention, rehabilitation and On Northern Ireland (ECONI) and
Rev Stockman said: “We want to
re-entry programme in the world. was a member of the Consultative
use poetry, song, drama, as well as
Canon Porter told the Gazette: Group on the Past, co-chaired by
personal story, practical teaching,
“The 4 Corners Festival is one Archbishop Robin Eames.
of the most innovative church- He said: “Working at Coventry and also theological wrestling to
based initiatives and continues to cathedral, for me, was to confront open up and highlight the pearl of
demonstrate it is not afraid of the again what it means to live out forgiveness.
hard issues. I look forward to sharing forgiveness in the aftermath of “It will be messy and difficult. At
in the programme in February.” violent conflict. It is impossible to times it will get scandalous, but
Fr Magill explained that this year’s ignore the significance of the two maybe over the 10 days of the
theme arose out of a discussion at words, ‘Father forgive’, engraved on festival and beyond, we will journey
last year’s festival, when a person the ruins of the bombed cathedral, to the very heart of God and
who had relatives killed in the in rebuilding Europe after the war. towards our own salvation and the
Troubles asked, “Am I expected to A radical message for calamitous transformation of our country.”
forgive?” prompting a panellist to times, it brought together former Full details of the festival
then ask, “What is forgiveness?” enemies, kept hope alive during programme and how to register
That exchange inspired the the Cold War and inspired a for events can be found online at
choice of the theme: ‘Scandalous commitment to reconciliation in 4cornersfestival.com

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HOME NEWS

ARMAGH DIOCESAN MISSION WEEKEND


The Diocese of Armagh
experienced a momentous
weekend last November. Eight
of the Church of Ireland bishops
joined Archbishop Richard Clarke
to lead special mission and ministry
activities and events within the
diocese.
Parishes were grouped into
‘clusters’, with one bishop then
assigned to each cluster and being
involved in special events that
clergy and laity, within that cluster,
had planned and put together for
the course of the weekend - from The nine Church of Ireland bishops and archbishops who took part in the
praise and worship services, to big Armagh diocesan mission weekend. (Photo: Jonathan Hull)
breakfasts, table quizzes, concerts.
They also had community outreach The weekend culminated with into the languages of today’, so
activities, such as volunteering in a a service in St Patrick’s cathedral, that the Gospel may be understood
local Simon Community hostel for Armagh, at which Archbishop outside our church and parish
the homeless to inter parish visits, Richard challenged and encouraged contexts.
to local visitor attractions. people with ‘Translating the Gospel Jonathan Hull

MORE WOMEN NEEDED IN ARCHDEACON IN


ANNUAL SIT OUT
SENIOR CHURCH ROLES? FOR CHARITY
Ven Ruth Elmes is the only last November. Last month was a
serving woman archdeacon “I was surprised by the busy one for the
in the Church of Ireland at appointment for a number Archdeacon of
present. In light of that, she of reasons,” she said, “not Clogher, Ven Brian
expresses here her thoughts on least the fact that I am what is Harper. Apart from
the role itself and the dearth of politely termed a ‘late’ vocation his busy schedule
women in that role. ... Seeing post arriving now of Christmas
Ruth said she was very addressed to Ven Ruth Elmes - visits and special
surprised when approached following in my father, the late services, as rector of
by Bishop Michael Burrows Archdeacon Donald Keegan’s, Magheracross parish
in Ballinamallard, Archdeacon Brian
about becoming Archdeacon of footsteps - takes a little getting Harper (Photo: Brian
Ossory and Leighlin. Installed used to.” Archdeacon Harper
Donaldson)
as canon in 2017 she was Archdeacon Elmes feels that donned his warm
then appointed archdeacon, it would be beneficial to see cape and held his annual sit out for
succeeding Ven Andrew Orr, more women in senior roles charity on 19th December, alongside his
within the Church. She said: “It’s fellow minister, Rev John Beacom from
not just for the sake of gender Ballinamallard Methodist church.
balance - women are still quite This time, the nominated charities were
poorly represented, but there Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
are very talented women in Enniskillen and Cancer and Leukemia in
every diocese with (non gender Childhood (CLIC) Sargent, a national charity
based) gifts which could be operating locally, which provides support to
utilised. children and young people with cancer.
“I think there may be a Earlier in December, Archdeacon Harper
number of reasons why also conducted a carol service with a
women are under-represented, difference - in the stands of Ballinamallard
including lack of recognition, United Football Club at Ferney Park, where
lack of self-belief and continuing he is chaplain. The carol service was held
pockets of resistance to women following Ballinamallard’s home game
in leadership roles within the against Larne, and it involved players
Archdeacon Ruth Elmes Church.” and fans.
(Photo: DCO CFO) DCO CFO Brian Donaldson

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KILMORE, ELPHIN & ARDAGH DIOCESE
A YEAR IN REVIEW
By Jennifer Horner

The Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin &


Ardagh (KEA) has set a 20/20 vision
of what we should be like in the
years coming up to 2020. Part of
this vision is that we should be a
welcoming, caring and generous
community that nourishes growth
through worship, the Scriptures and
prayer. We aim to be a diocese that
is outward looking, connected with
the worldwide Church, and visible
and active in our communities
Painted hay bales for Harvest at the Belturbet group of parishes.
and beyond.
(Photo: Tanya Woods)
We have made great strides
towards these goals in a variety of wonderful opportunities to extend anniversary service, which took
ways. The parishes in our diocese the warmth and hospitality of our place last year in Manorhamilton.
have worked hard in promoting churches into the wider community. We are privileged to have church
community events, engaging in We are also committed to leaders and volunteers who are
local heritage projects and getting reaching out to our communities willing and committed to investing
together to raise money for good with the transformative message of in youth ministry.
causes in our local communities, our God’s grace. At a parish level, there During 2018, we bid a fond
country and around the world. has been significant growth in the farewell to both our diocesan youth
Farming is at the core of many number of Christianity Explored and children’s coordinators, Marian
communities and families within our and Alpha courses that have started Edwards and Hannah O’Neill.
diocese. In 2018, some parishes running across the diocese. More Marian was succeeded by Damian
joined forces with neighbouring widely, the Drumcliffe Centre of Shorten. We have also welcomed
churches and the wider community Mission continues to develop its Rev David Moses into our diocesan
for ecumenical tractor services, outreach ministry. In February 2018, family as bishop’s curate in the
marking the beginning of the Malcolm Young took on a new role Drumgoon group of parishes.
agricultural year. These have as tourist chaplain to the many At KEA we strive to be a place
been great community events, thousands of visitors that come each in which we are all encouraged to
bringing people together to pray year. take an active role. Last year, Robert
for God’s blessing on the year Over the summer, a group of Wilson retired after an astonishing
ahead. Similarly, each year Harvest young people took part in an 47 years as the organist in the
thanksgiving services provide Exodus mission trip to Romania Florencecourt group of parishes,
and in October we received a
Peter Clampett celebrated 40 years
visit from Archbishop Masimango
as diocesan reader in the South
Katanda from the Diocese of Kindu
Leitrim group of parishes, and Breda
in the Democratic Republic of
Roberts has stepped down from
Congo. Throughout 2019, we will
leading Sunday School in Calry after
be working with ‘Through Faith
a stint of over 20 years!
Missions’ to hold a Harvest fortnight
We are, as always, very grateful to
of mission.
all those who so faithfully use their
The diocese has many different
organisations and activities for time and talents for the ministry
young people - in churches, Sunday of the church. Our prayer is for
Schools, day schools, informal courage to serve God and boldness
youth groups and uniformed to proclaim Christ faithfully. And
organisations, as well as Messy if God is with us, who can stand
churches, holiday clubs and camps, against us?
where our children are learning and
being encouraged in their Christian Jennifer Horner is
faith. A wonderful celebration of diocesan communications
God’s work through the generations officer for Kilmore, Elphin
was the Girls’ Brigade’s 125th & Ardagh.

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INTERVIEW

AWAY FROM THE MOATS AND SILOS


THE GAZETTE INTERVIEWS PHILIP YANCEY
15 million copies of Philip Yancey’s students), Newtown Connecticut so he called in the head of
books are now in print worldwide. where 22 little children where shot Evangelical Alliance. He asked: “Are
His appeal is right across the in school, in Japan where 22,000 evangelicals liberal or conservative
spectrum of Christian readers. His people died after a tsunami, to war on political issues?” The answer
books include bestsellers such as areas like Sarajevo. I’m called to was: “They are both.”
The Jesus I Never Knew, What’s So address that question. I heard a sermon from Tim Keller
Amazing About Grace?, Where is Of course, I hear suffering over [US pastor] where he went through
God When It Hurts?, and Prayer: and over, and I try to gain what a list of what early Christians in the
Does It Make Any Difference? helps and doesn’t help the people Roman Empire insisted on: ‘there is
The Gazette conducted an who endure. No one can solve only one way to God’ - that would
interview with US-based author the problem of pain, no one can be conservative; ‘against pre-marital
Philip Yancey when he visited wrap it up. We live on a planet sex’ - that would be conservative;
Ireland in 2018. He emphasised full of brokenness, full of injustice, ‘against war, against serving in
that, as an American on a brief full of apparently random acts of the armed forces’ - that would be
visit to Ireland, he was “certainly suffering. Your question is, how do liberal; ‘in favour of gender equality’
not trying to make any direct we perceive the goodness of God in - that would be liberal. He said you
application” to our own context. the midst of such times? can’t compartmentalise people who
are trying to follow Jesus into your
Gazette: How are you making The world seems to be becoming political paradigm - your binary
sense of the world at the moment? increasingly polarised and divided. political paradigm.
Philip Yancey: The first book I We are living in a more uncertain I hope the Church can point us
wrote was Where is God When It world. Is there anything you think away from the moats and the silos
Hurts? How can I believe in a good the Church needs to say or to be, we have around each other. In
and sovereign God when there are or to act with integrity, to be salt in the US, in my lifetime, there were
so many instances of injustice and that increasingly polarised world? Republicans who were anti the
suffering? That is a problem that It was John Paul II who wrote Vietnam war and Republicans who
plagues our faith, that is a barrier a book called The Sign of weren’t. There were Democrats who
for many people. Contradiction. I think the Church is were anti-abortion and Democrats
As I speak on ‘making sense of always a sign of contradiction, no who were pro-abortion. Now it has
the world’, I start with that topic matter what society it is. become so polarised that it has
because of the books I have written The Church can be unified around become impossible for a Democrat
and because I have been invited to policies that are on both sides. to be pro-life and almost impossible
places like Columbine (12 students One of the [UK] prime ministers, for Republicans to oppose
and one teacher shot dead in I think it was John Major, was adventures in foreign policy. That
a mass shooting by two fellow trying to understand evangelicals, is a great tragedy.

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We need Christians to truly sign up for the ‘sign of
contradiction’, even if it costs us access to power

We are not called to report to law against coveting or lying. reaching out to the poor, they are
a political party. We are called Christians are held to a basic not standing for justice. They are
to Jesus for our guidelines on standard ... the Ten Commandments looking out for self-interest, not the
living. Of course, we disagree and are a pretty basic statement of what Christian way, not the Jesus way.
Christians disagree but the bottom we are held to. We follow those, not Historically, when the Church
line isn’t what a party platform says. just the list of dos and don’ts that a gets tempted by those who are
The bottom line is to carefully and political party holds up as important in power, it has consequences for
prayerfully try to discern what God’s - there is a lot more involved in generations. A year ago, we were
will is in each situation. being a Christian than that, and in Spain and there the Church allied
sometimes we are going to come itself with a strongman - Francisco
Living with silos - in the Church we down on one side and sometimes Franco. A whole generation, several
have profound differences on big on another.
generations later, will have nothing
and small issues. How should we I wrote a book, What’s So
to do with the Church because for
deal with situations, and with each Amazing About Grace. It struck me
them when you say ‘Church’, they
other, where we profoundly differ that it does not take much grace
immediately think repression and
on what we believe are absolutely to be around someone who is just
core issues with each other? like you, who thinks like you, similar violence in terms of government.
Jesus always dealt with the social class, acts like you, votes like I’m afraid the same thing can
person behind the issues. He was you. Where grace is put to the test happen in the US. We need
dealing with people who I am is when you are around somebody Christians to truly sign up for the
sure were morally offensive to that is different to you, that thinks ‘sign of contradiction’, even if it
him in some ways. He is dealing differently to you, who may be costs us access to power.
with moral outcasts. He is dealing morally offensive to you. We were not put on earth to
with occupying soldiers and tax We do not have the option of be part of the power structure.
collectors serving the occupying treating that person as an outcast We were put on earth to be a
government. Yet, he always treated - as a morally offensive person. testimony to the way God wants
these people with dignity, respect In fact, Jesus had the opposite us to live. If people judge us or we
and compassion. paradigm: he said it is for the sick are persecuted for it ... that is too
For example, a big issue in my that I come, not the well. It is for the bad, but it is the Jesus way ... he
country and yours is immigration. sinners, not the righteous. was persecuted, he was killed for
It is certainly legitimate for Often it is easy for the Church not clinging on to the government
Christians to disagree on how to fall into the same trap as the authorities.
restrictive immigration can be. Pharisees, where we start viewing
But it is illegitimate for them to ourselves as morally superior and What does a sign of hope look like?
start demonising immigrants or to we want people to be like us. We Wherever I go, I certainly see -
start treating them as subhuman are not called to do that - we are in Africa, in South America - I see
or depriving them of basic human called to reach out to them no beautiful signs of the kingdom
rights. We don’t have that option. matter where they are. Even if they
doing exactly what it should be
There are politicians who want to are in bad straits because of some
doing. The US seems to be going
do that. When a politician wants of their destructive choices, to still
through a period much like western
to do that, a Jesus follower must reach out with mercy, compassion
Europe went through - first, of a
oppose that. and healing as Jesus showed
One of the confusions as the us how. cosy relationship between Church
Church enters politics, is that and state, and then the inevitable
there is a difference between Are you hopeful for the future? backlash where people reject the
what should be immoral and what Not really. Speaking as an Church because the state has
should be illegal. For example, in American, a lot of people from the proven to be lacking the integrity -
the Ten Commandments there are evangelical branch of the Church that ‘sign of contradiction’ - that the
commandments against coveting, seem to have tied to their coat Church should stand for.
adultery, lying. There are a few tails to a political platform, even
countries, not generally in the west, though people leading that political Philip Yancey has provided
that have laws against adultery. I movement are not demonstrating columns for the first three issues
don’t know any country that has a the qualities of Jesus, they are not of the Gazette.

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HOME NEWS

JOURNEY - A GROUNDBREAKING RESOURCE


FROM CONNOR YOUTH
Young people from Connor
Diocese have developed a ground-
breaking resource written entirely
by young people for young
people.
The young authors of Journey,
Connor Youth Forum’s new
resource, spoke of their own
journey at its launch, which took
place in Lisburn cathedral last
November.
One of the 13 young authors The young authors of Journey, a resource for young people written by
told guests: “Tonight I feel really Connor Youth Forum, pictured at its launch in Lisburn cathedral. Also in the
proud of myself. This is a great picture is Connor diocesan youth officer, Christina Baillie (back right).
achievement.” The authors came
together from parishes across the faith together as they grow in their teaching, prayer points and a story
diocese as Connor Youth Forum, discipleship. from one of the young people.
to develop a discipleship resource Diocesan youth officer Christina For further information, contact
that they envisage being used by Baillie facilitated the group as they Christina on christinabaillie@
small groups of young people. undertook this new initiative. connordiocese.org or tel. +44 7753
The title Journey conveys that Each chapter includes Bible 312405.
young people can use it to explore passages, suggested songs, Karen Bushby

BANGOR PARISH REACHES OUT WITH


FOOD, CLOTHING AND FRIENDSHIP
Bangor parish church has launched there are huge issues around
a compassion ministry, which aims poverty and suicide. The scale of
to offer friendship and practical it was a surprising discovery, and
help to the most vulnerable. when people struggling with those
The project operates out of two issues began to come along to the
rooms in the halls, which have been church, it stirred the congregation
turned into a drop-in space and to prayer and action.
an attractive pre-loved clothing Rev Nigel Parker said: “We want
boutique. Anyone looking for people to know that there’s an oasis
advice or company is welcome for of mercy in the middle of Bangor,
tea, coffee and a chat; however, a Matthew Gault, Julie McFarland, and that Bangor parish is a place to
referral letter is required to benefit Calum Caughe (volunteers) and come to if you need help.”
from the foodbank and clothing Rev Nigel Parker, in the drop-in For further information, visit
services. space. (Photo: Annette McGrath) www.bangorparishchurch.org.uk
Bangor town centre has a high rate of anti-social behaviour and Annette McGrath

EXPLORATION OF ANGLICAN CHANT


Following an invitation from congregation was able to break out
Rev Elaine Murray, Peter Stobart, into antiphony. This monastic style is
director of music at St Fin Barre’s one of the oldest forms of liturgical
cathedral and director of the Cork, chanting. Anglican chant proper was
Cloyne & Ross diocesan church then used in a responsorial format
music scheme, attended a service for the psalm of the day, and the
of morning prayer at St Mary’s third musical setting was for the
church, Carrigaline. Anglican chant being taught by canticle.
During the service, three different Peter Stobart at St Mary’s church, Rev Murray said that she thought
styles of chant were chosen to Carrigaline. the congregation had never
demonstrate to the congregation Firstly the canticle ‘Venite’ was sounded so good and that the
what was possible with very little sung to a very simple plainchant. service was exactly what she had
extra effort. After some practice verses, the imagined it to be.

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DRY PIZZA
ON THE
MENU
Youth leaders in Derry & Raphoe
Diocese have been told to “expect
revival and growth” this year, as
Derry & Raphoe Youth (DRY)
rolls out its programme of events
for 2019.
Leaders got first sight of the
BALLYMAHON REGIONAL
plans at a ‘pizza night’ in the
diocesan centre in Londonderry,
SONGS OF PRAISE
which was hosted by the recently Music group with members of the congregation. (Photo: Pearl Jones)
appointed DRY chairperson, Rev St Catherine’s church, Ballymahon, priests from Tang and Forgney
Peter Ferguson, and the new vice was packed last November as it churches in the Diocese of Meath,
chairperson, Rev Nigel Cairns. hosted a regional Songs of Praise as well as from Ballymahon,
Before being ordained, Rev to “make a joyful noise to the rock Killashee, Abbeyshrule and
Ferguson spent a year in a diocese of our Salvation” (Psalm 51:1). Carrickedmond in the Diocese of
in Tanzania. He recalled one The service was led by Ruth Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.
particular piece of advice, given by Galbraith and Canon Trevor It was a congregation
an African pastor, who said, “Peter, Sullivan from Ardagh union of transcending dioceses and
let’s pray and see what God will parishes, who were joined by denominations, singing their hearts
do.” “I will never ever forget that,” clergy and parishioners from out praising God. Ballymahon
he said, “not ‘Let’s pray and see Athlone group of parishes (Meath recently installed a sound system
what God might do’, but ‘see what & Kildare), Mullingar group and the service was an excellent
God will do’.” of parishes (Meath & Kildare), way to mark its first use. It was an
The DRY board’s plans for Roscommon group of parishes uplifting evening of marvellous
achieving revival and growth were (Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh), and singing.
spelled out in detail by Rev Cairns.
They include a prayer month,
training on mental health issues HEART OF DUBLIN’S PATRON
in young people, a DRY weekend
in Fermanagh, ‘On the move’, SAINT BACK ON DISPLAY
amongst others. The Heart of St Laurence O’Toole is already a stamping station for the
Paul McFadden has gone back on permanent Irish leg of the Camino de Santiago
public display in Christ Church and with the inclusion of the
cathedral, Dublin. Dublin’s Church labyrinth, it is demonstrating that ...
of Ireland and Catholic archbishops, it is also a place where the pilgrim
Archbishop Michael Jackson and can engage in an on the spot
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, pilgrimage centred on the heart
attended a special ecumenical of the city’s patron.”
service of dedication and Lynn Glanville
thanksgiving marking the
historic occasion.
The heart of the patron saint of
Dublin, which was stolen from the
cathedral in 2012 and returned
following a long Garda investigation
last year, is now housed in the
cathedral’s north transept in a
specially designed art piece by
Eoin Turner. Archbishop Michael Jackson
Faughanvale youth worker, Claire Speaking during the service, Dean dedicates the new resting place for
Hinchcliffe, talks Bishop Ken Good Dermot Dunne said: “With the the Heart of St Laurence O’Toole,
through the various pizza options at installation of the ancient labyrinth, in the presence of Archbishop
the launch of the DRY programme Christ Church is identifying itself as Diarmuid Martin and Dean Dermot
for 2019. (Photo: Paul McFadden) a place of pilgrimage. The cathedral Dunne. (Photo: Lynn Glanville)

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ARCHIVE OF THE MONTH

THE STROKESTOWN PARISH


REGISTERS 1811-1969
The Representative Church Body
(RCB) Library’s online ‘Archive of
the month’ kicks off 2019 with a
gift to family and local historians,
especially those with an interest in
the Longford/Roscommon region.
It will present the transcribed
content of the parish registers of
the former union of parishes of
Bumlin, Kiltrustan and Lissonuffy
in Co Roscommon, together with
the memorial inscriptions on the
monuments in the surrounding
churchyard adjacent to the parish
church of St John the Baptist,
covering the period between
1811-1969.
The parish of Bumlin was centred
on the landlord-planned town of
Strokestown, where for over 300
years the Mahon (later Pakenham Annotation on the first page of the earliest Bumlin combined register
Mahon) family had their big house, reveals its provenance thanks to the purchase of a new registry book by the
which survives and is the location rector, Rev Edward Mahon, in 1811 (RCB Library P737.1.1).
today of the Irish Famine Museum. the National Archives, with whom heritage centre in 1982. It is now
Work on the parish registers, which the reproduction rights of parish home to Co Roscommon Heritage
are located at the RCB Library (the registers reside on behalf of the and Genealogy Centre, and both
Church of Ireland’s principal record state to 1871, as well as the RCB, it and the churchyard are well
repository), has again been carried are acknowledged by the project. maintained.
out by local historian Alan Moran. In 1751, Thomas Mahon MP of The earliest surviving registers
His transcript of the Bumlin vestry Strokestown House conveyed to and vestry minute book were
minute book for the years the Bishop of Elphin an acre of land presented by Rev Edward Mahon
1811-70 was featured in the in Strokestown, for the purpose of (1776/7-1847) on his appointment
‘Archive of the month’ in May 2018 erecting a new church, which was as vicar in 1811. Fortunately, they
and is permanently available at confirmed as the parish church in were retained in local custody and
http://bit.ly/2BGXrwL place of Bumlin in March 1754. thereby escaped the disastrous
Collectively, this work means The ancient church of Bumlin was destruction of the Public Record
that Strokestown is one of the by then “in a decayed and ruinous
Office of Ireland in June 1922.
first Church of Ireland parishes condition and the site thereof
to have all of its principal historic In the preliminary pages of
inconvenient,” so the new church
records transcribed and available the earliest register, Mahon’s
added to the embellishment of
online. In accordance with best personal annotation reveals his
the new planned town he was
practice for online publication, the conscientiousness to be a good
developing.
transcripts comprise baptisms and By 1813, the parish vestry sought record keeper - having “found no
marriages 1811-1919, and burials a loan of £1,000 from the Board such thing as a Registry Book”
and memorial inscriptions 1811- of First Fruits to add a tower and and “no registry whatsoever of
1969, and are fully indexed and steeple to this building, neither of Burials!!!”, he took it upon himself
searchable. which were completed before the to provide the book, which he
Moreover, the transcribed data church was destroyed, apparently by purchased for £1.10.4.
is part of the Anglican Record a storm, in the winter of 1818-19.
Project, a long-running series of Eventually, a new church building Further information is available
mainly Church of Ireland parish was consecrated on 27th August from Dr Susan Hood, librarian and
record transcriptions, available at 1820, which remained in use archivist, RCB Library, Braemor
www.ireland.anglican.org/about/ until 1977, when it finally closed. Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14 N735;
rcb-library/anglican-record-project Nonetheless, the building was tel. 01-4923979 or email: library@
The permissions of the director of retained and it reopened as a ireland.anglican.org

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THINKING WELLBEING

Prof Roddy Cowie

WELLBEING
TOWARDS A WORKING COMPASS
Roddy Cowie helps us understand what ‘wellbeing’
really means, and how faith speaks to it.
‘Wellbeing’ used to be an obscure average Christian in the pew. But goals they should aim for. Over and
word: now it crops up everywhere. there is a sense of déjà vu about the over, they found that the picture
Change like that is sometimes image - key parts look suspiciously they were using was too narrow, or
linguistic fashion. In this case, it like ideas that run through Christian skewed. The problems were what
reflects a real development: life. That gives churchgoers good led them to grapple with the subtler
well-meaning leaders wakening up, reason to be interested. The ideas surrounding the concept of
shaking themselves and realising concept opens a channel between wellbeing. It does a job you might
that they didn’t seem to have a them and people they have often think other concepts do - but that
working compass. clashed with. experience shows they don’t.
The compass they need is an The process traces back over two
image of the life that a human being THE SEARCH BEGINS centuries, when ‘improvers’ like Sir
should be able to lead. Image after ‘Wellbeing’ in the modern sense John Sinclair tried to measure the
image has been tried, and found is a recent concept, but history is amount of happiness in each parish
wanting. ‘Wellbeing’ is the name of fundamental to it. For centuries, in Scotland. His measures included
an image that is in the process of organisations like governments natural resources, ‘agricultural
being developed to replace them. and charities have known they and industrial production’, and life
That might sound remote from the needed a working picture of the expectancy. Similar approaches had

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THINKING WELLBEING

long-lasting influences. self-actualisation - enabling each


William Beveridge’s report to person to fulfil his or her distinctive
the British government, in 1942, potential. That attracted followers,
identified five ‘Giant Evils’: squalor, particularly in education; but it has a
want, idleness, ignorance and major weakness. People may have a
disease. The first three overlap deep desire to fulfil their potential,
Sinclair, but the last two go further. but there are other goals that they
Beveridge underpinned what was actually put before it all the time.
called the welfare state. It is no The second form highlights one
accident that welfare sounds like of those goals. It proposes that
wellbeing. Both try to sum up what what matters is just increasing
people of goodwill should aim for - people’s happiness. That dovetails
lives that go well. with other developments. Research
Pictures like that quite quickly by Angus Campbell indicated that
found their own critics. It was a “between 1957 and 1972, while
good thing to be freed from evils, the economic and social indicators
but people wanted more than that. were rapidly moving upward, the
To governments in the UK and the proportion of the population who
US, it seemed obvious what more described themselves as ‘very
norm to leave school at the age of
they wanted. It was prosperity, happy’ declined steadily, particularly
14 - not ignorant, but very basically
measured by Gross Domestic among the most affluent portion of
equipped. Soon after, leaving age
Product (GDP). Factories produced the population.” It reinforces the
rose to 16 in the UK and university
goods, and the workers had the emphasis on fitness: exercise tends
education expanded rapidly. In
wages to buy them. But within to promote happiness. It obviously
the life of the mind, the aspiration
decades, the sense that GDP was fits with incorporating mental
shifted from avoiding ignorance, to
not enough gathered momentum. distress into medical thinking.
encouraging people to reach for the
Furthermore, research on
stars.
RUNNING TO STAY STILL happiness exploded. David G.
Medicine also shifted, piece by
A speech by Robert Kennedy in Myers and Ed Diener produced
piece. From the 1960s, it began to
1968 caught the mood. GDP, he a paper titled, ‘Who is happy?’.
spread the message that people’s
said, “measures everything, in goal should not be avoiding Section titles included: ‘Is happiness
short, except that which makes life illness: it should be athletic fitness. being young/middle-aged/newly
worthwhile.” The message struck Research also began to ask not just retired?’; ‘Does happiness have a
deep chords. It included positive whether treatments saved lives, but favourite sex?’; ‘Does happiness
and negative notes. how they affected the quality of vary by race?’; ‘Does happiness
On the negative side, it life. That was linked to a third shift, vary by culture?’; ‘Does money
recognised a false direction. It is integrating mind into the medical buy happiness?’; ‘The traits of
easy to believe that the way to picture. Two of the five domains happy people’; ‘The relationships
satisfy our hunger is to acquire considered in evaluating quality of of happy people’; ‘The “flow” of
things. But it is deadly mirage. life were mental: pain or discomfort, happy people’; ‘The faith of happy
Getting the things satisfies the and anxiety or depression. people’. The orientation is still
hunger for a while: but then it All those areas reflect a sense influential.
comes back. So, they reach for still that a minimum baseline is not Websites publish tables of
more things - and the cycle goes the right goal. But the clearest happiness in different countries, or
on. That is a particular form of what statement of the feeling came regions; popular magazines tell us
is called the hedonic treadmill - from psychology. Martin Seligman ‘23 ways to be happier’ (according
people run endlessly, just to stay described a painful insight: “I to science, allegedly); the National
still. realised that my profession was Health Service (NHS) has a website
On the positive side, people like half-baked. It wasn’t enough for us called ‘How to be happier’; and
Kennedy shone a light on other to nullify disabling conditions and the UK Office for National Statistics
parts of Beveridge’s picture. Why get to zero. We needed to ask, what runs surveys of happiness (to inform
should it be enough to eradicate are the enabling conditions that government policy).
ignorance and disease? That was make human beings flourish? How
simply removing the negative. do we get from zero to plus five?” DEFINING HAPPINESS
But what about the positive The movement known as positive In effect, happiness has linked up
possibilities? Surely, those were the psychology tried to spell out what with GDP as a guide for people who
key to positive lives. it meant to go beyond “nullifying want to set courses towards a better
disabling conditions.” Two main life. And yet, there is a well-known
MORE THAN WHAT WE AVOID forms emerged. problem with it.
In education, the mood led to Abraham Maslow proposed The word ‘happiness’ suggests
clear changes. Not long before an idea that is still in circulation. a state of elation - full of energy,
Kennedy’s speech, it had been the The goal we should aim for is untouched by worries. That

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The new word offers a way of
telling people what Christianity offers
here on earth

is a mixed blessing. It is nice five qualities that people feel have enough, and that it is not enough
to be untouched by worries, moral value: caring behaviour, to eat, drink and be merry. They
but sometimes the worries are loyalty, conformity with authority, know the parable of the sheep and
prompting you to do things you equity and purity. Economists the goats, and they strive to have
really need to. It does not help with focused attention on the pain of done something worthwhile in
some of the things you need to inequality. their lives. They know the virtue of
do - like things that need sustained The concept of wellbeing came to surrendering themselves to God’s
mental effort. Also, things that make the fore in that context. It expresses will and not being dogged by
you happy often have affects that two conclusions and a question. anxious thoughts.
you should worry about: drugs, The first conclusion is that the only All that, and much more, points
alcohol, and even sugar. real guide to human flourishing is them towards wellbeing; and has
Two subtler problems are subjective - the way people feel done for centuries. The new word
important. A state can make you about their lives. The second is that offers a way of telling people what
happy one week; but next week, the way people feel about their lives Christianity offers here on earth: it
it is just what you expect, and you has many strands. Focusing on one signposts roads to wellbeing.
need more. That makes the pursuit always ends up marginalising things Knowing how misleading images
of happiness another treadmill, that you know matter. That leads can be, we have to ask: does
demanding sprints to keep still. to the question. Granted that there Christianity really lead to wellbeing,
The second problem is illustrated are many strands in the way humans or is that another mirage? The
by research on the way parents evaluate their own lives - we want to paper by Myers and Diener, which
rated their happiness through know what the strands are, and how was mentioned earlier, summarises
the day - it found a dip after the they work together. widely agreed findings. To quote:
evening meal. The reason was that Research paints a tangled picture. “The links between religion and
parents were helping children with Elated happiness has its place: it is mental health are impressive...
their homework, and there was just not the whole story. The same religious people also report higher
very little elated happiness there. goes for the sense of having lived levels of happiness and satisfaction
However, parents rated it as one of up to your unique potential, and with life... the two best predictors
the most satisfying things they did. the moral feelings that Haidt talks of wellbeing among older persons
There are deeply positive feelings about. The satisfaction of having were health and religiousness…
that are not ‘elated happiness’ done something worthwhile is Other studies have probed the
- and we risk losing them if we often called by the Greek word connection between faith and
overemphasise elated happiness. eudaimonia. A distinctive strand coping with a crisis…”
That situation leads back to the emphasises what is called flow: a There are subtleties: not all forms
image at the beginning of this state of total involvement, where of religion improve wellbeing, and
article. Compass after compass one action follows another without religion does not improve all forms
has been tried, and found wanting. your conscious intervention. The of wellbeing. Nevertheless, it is not
The failures leave leaders of society sense of having knowledge, rather seriously in doubt that there are
without a working picture of the than facing the unknown, is a links.
goals that ought to guide them powerful positive. Christians often feel that they are
- and in practice, still relying on A repeating theme is that on the wrong end of progress - and
pictures that they know are flawed. overemphasis on any one strand sometimes they are. But here, the
is liable to be dangerous. For opposite is true. Progress in this
WELLBEING EMERGES example, flow is deeply rewarding, area alerts Christians to the richness
Around the turn of the millennium, and also addictive - this is a growing of what they have always had, and
different research communities saw concern with video games! rarely valued. That does not mean
the problem, and offered different they know it all. History shows that
ways forward. For international THE ROAD LEADS BACK in this area, that is most unlikely.
development, Alike proposed seven That brings me back, finally, to the But they do have something to
dimensions of human flourishing: average Christian in the pew. The contribute to the conversation.
life, knowledge, play, aesthetic long road leads back into territory
experience, sociability, practical that we should recognise. Roddy Cowie is a retired Professor
reasonableness and religion. Christians have always known of Psychology (QUB). He is also a
Jonathan Haidt’s group identified that treasures on earth are not lay reader in Connor Diocese.

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GUEST COLUMN

… the most fully alive persons


demonstrate it by giving away that life

LIFE-ENHANCERS
By Philip Yancey and monastics who viewed with feel. By Buechner’s definition, at
open suspicion the world and its least, Bob was a saint.
“The glory of God is a person fully pleasures. John of the Cross advised I have known other life-giving
alive,” said the second-century believers to mortify all joy and Christians. A devout Presbyterian
theologian Irenaeus. hope, to turn “Not to what most named Jack McConnell invented the
Sadly, that description does not pleases, but to what disgusts,” and Tine test for tuberculosis, helped
reflect the image many people to “Despise yourself, and wish that develop Tylenol and MRI imaging,
have of modern Christians. Rightly others should despise you.” and then devoted his retirement to
or wrongly, they see us rather as St Bernard covered his eyes to avoid recruiting retired physicians to staff
restrained, uptight, repressed - the beauty of Swiss lakes. Madame free medical clinics for the poor.
people less likely to celebrate Guyon urged the faithful to mortify
Overseas, I have met missionaries
vitality than to wag our fingers in self and move toward a state of total
who repair their own vehicles,
disapproval. “What made you so passivity. Strive for “nothingness,”
master several languages, study the
negative against Christianity?” she counseled, achieve “complete
local flora and fauna, and give shots
a friend once asked Friedrich indifference to yourself.” Hardly a
prescription for feeling fully alive. if no doctor is available. Often these
Nietzsche. “I never saw the
members of my father’s church After writing some two dozen life-givers have difficulty finding a
enjoying themselves,” he replied. books on a variety of subjects, comfortable fit in staid churches.
Where did Christians get the author Frederick Buechner decided Paradoxically, the life-givers I have
reputation as life-squelchers instead to turn his literary skills to exploring known seem most abundant with
of life-enhancers? Jesus himself the lives of saints. The first three life themselves.
promised, “I am come that they he chose - Brendan, Godric and Frederick Buechner restates the
might have life, and that they the biblical Jacob - surprised him, paradox first articulated by Jesus,
might have it more abundantly.” for the more he researched them, that the most fully alive persons
What keeps us from realising that the more skeletons in the closet demonstrate it by giving away
abundant life? he uncovered. ‘What made this that life.
In some believers, unhealthy unsavory trio saintly?’ he asked Inspection stickers used to have
family or church backgrounds may himself. He finally settled on the printed on the back ‘Drive carefully -
have a stifling effect. Adult Children word ‘life-giver’. Passionate, the life you save may be your own’.
of Alcoholics, an organisation that risk-taking, courageous - each of That is the wisdom of humans in
works with families afflicted by the three made those around him a nutshell. What God says, on the
alcoholism, identifies three coping feel more alive, not less. other hand, is: ‘The life you save is
mechanisms children learn in order When I heard Buechner give the life you lose’. In other words,
to survive a dysfunctional setting: that definition of saintliness, I the life you clutch, hoard, guard
Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust and Don’t thought immediately of my friend and play safe with is in the end a life
Feel. Bob. His parents worried about
worth little to anybody, including
Christian counselors tell me that his spiritual state, concerned that
yourself; and only a life given away
troubled Christians tend to operate he was spending too little time
for love’s sake is a life worth living.
by the same rules in relating to God. ‘in the Word’ and in church. But I
To bring his point home, God shows
Emerging from a strict upbringing, have never met anyone more fully
or feeling disillusioned by some alive. He took in stray animals, did us a man who gave his life away
aspect of the Christian life, they carpentry chores for friends, climbed to the extent of dying a national
squelch passion and fall back on mountains, sky-dived, learned to disgrace without a penny in the
a guarded, cautious faith. Fearful, cook, built his own house. bank or a friend to his name.
they find a haven among people Although Bob rarely used religious In terms of human wisdom, he was
who think like they do, in a ‘safe’ words, I noticed that everyone a perfect fool, and anybody who
environment withdrawn from around him, including me, felt more thinks he can follow him without
the world. alive after spending time with him. making something like the same
Of course, the Church also He radiated the kind of pleasure in kind of fool of himself is labouring
includes a long tradition of mystics the world of matter that God must under not a cross but a delusion.

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OPINION

CHARITY VERSUS JUSTICE hungry person in front of you. I poor are hungry, they call me a
By Lydia Monds
thought it solved nothing in the communist.”
The number of food banks across long-term and in fact, provided such Speaking out, being a thorn in
the western world is on the rise. a robust stopgap, it even prevented the side of policy makers, is not an
Last year in Northern Ireland, over long-term change from occurring. attractive calling. Yet, it is part of
32,000 emergency food supplies A loved one in crisis made me our calling as Christ’s hands and
were distributed. 13,000 of these reevaluate my position. What if feet as we usher in his kingdom.
were for children. It is estimated someone I love is hungry, or sick, Proverbs 31:8-9 tells us to “Speak
that one in 11 people across the or threatened by homelessness up for those who cannot speak
island of Ireland live in food poverty. today and long-term structures for themselves, for the rights of all
Many access food banks to keep a and policies are not in place to who are destitute.” Or, as another
roof over their heads and give their safeguard them? Do I want them translation of the same verse says,
families at least one meal a day. This to suffer, to be sacrificed in the gap “Ensure justice for those who are
is despite the fact that in the same between what should be and what being crushed.”
year, Ireland was named the nation is? But everyone who is in crisis
best able to feed itself and most today is loved by God. Why must I KEEPING THE BALANCE
food secure! wait for it to impact on me before I We have lost the balance between
How should the Church respond see the need for a response? charity and justice. We despair
to this? Give charity or work for Certainly, Jesus commands that when, despite our charitable acts,
justice? we feed the hungry as if they were the needs of the poor seem to
Charity provides direct services Christ himself - the punishment for expand instead of contract.
like food banks and soup kitchens. ignoring this command is extreme. But we have ignored, to all our
Justice is long-term work to change But what if there was no end to detriment, the calling to open our
systems, so that charity is no longer the vicious cycle of working hard, mouths and raise our voices, even
needed. It promotes social change paying the bills and having nothing as we roll up our sleeves or bring
in policies and institutions, and left for food or for anything else donations. We are more moved
social as well as political structures, beyond survival? What about living? by emergency rather than by
so that people can earn a living Surely, beyond the invaluable investing in measures to prevent the
wage that allows them to pay their supports of a food bank, someone emergency from occurring. In order
mortgage and feed their families caught in that cycle would dream to effectively tend to the tree, we
without having to access extra of a fairer system, where they might must give our attention to the roots
supports. even have time to play with their as well as the leaves.
Imagine society as a tree. A children without constant worry and By joining together and speaking
society where huge numbers of strain. out against the unfair policies and
the population can’t afford to feed Neither charity nor justice practices of banks and vulture
themselves is a sick tree. Even if addresses the issues in its totality, funds, or governments - that are
parts of it are thriving, those parts but they work hand in hand to bring crushing our neighbours and
are still impacted because they relief now and change in the long keeping people hungry in a land
belong to the ecosystem of the tree run. At Bishops’ Appeal we strive to of plenty - our faith in Jesus is
as a whole. Justice tackles the roots respond to emergency appeals that reinvigorated with transformational
of the tree - the causes of inequality, enable people to survive in crisis, vision.
poverty and social injustice, whereas but we also invest in longer term Collectively, through reclaiming
charity is directed at the effects of initiatives such as self-help groups a cry for justice alongside our
injustice, its symptoms, its leaves. that enable communities to build up charitable acts, God’s people can
resilience to withstand crisis. profess with confidence: ‘There is a
CHARITY VERSUS JUSTICE? Nonetheless, this is where it better way.’
I used to think that charity was gets tricky. Dom Hélder Câmara, a
unhelpful in the long run because it Brazilian Catholic archbishop said, Lydia Monds is education
didn’t address the WHY of people’s “When I feed the poor, they call officer for Bishops’
hunger - it only addressed the me a saint, but when I ask why the Appeal.

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OPINION

THE CHALLENGE OF UNITY compromise our beliefs for the sake who wanted to project their own
By Geoff Scargill
of ‘unity’, or hold steadfast and risk importance, rather than listen to the
I remember well the cold, dark permanent division? Do we lock Lord. Because buried in what can
blustery autumn evening, well over ourselves up in small groups and often almost be a need for division
20 years ago as I canvassed in a become a type of Monty Python lies the sin of pride - the need not
general election with the hopeful parody, insisting to ourselves just to be ‘right’ but also the desire
candidate. that we are more in line with the to be ‘better’ than one’s peers, wiser
Door after door opened and Christian equivalent of the ‘Judean
than your fellow believers. A ‘Gott
door after door closed, often People’s Front’ as opposed to the
mit uns’ (God with us) smugness
not as gently as we had hoped. ‘People’s Front of Judea’?
that has no place in the Christian
Occasionally, we would encounter All the while refusing to
canvassers from alternative parties, acknowledge as Christians those family.
even though the unwritten rule was who do not clasp all aspects of We live in a divided world already
to never canvass the same area at our beliefs, believing in our own - yet as Christians we have an
the same time - this can be irritating purity yet condemning those who opportunity to be a bonding force,
for households trying to watch their ‘fall short’ in our eyes. Hardly the a loving example to the nations and
favourite soaps. behaviour befitting the example a reflection of our glorious saviour.
In a throwaway question, I asked with which we were set by a loving We have a responsibility here to
the candidate (now in a senior saviour. wade through our strong feelings
government position) his opinion We should not be like those and uncompromising interpretation
on the candidates of the opposing who claim to have a monopoly of Scripture, dispensing with our
political parties. His words still ring of the ‘truth’ - the ‘truth’ that cultural and geographical diversity,
in my ears. “I never worry about can often appear to be without standing firm as a unified Church,
them,” he said confidentially. “It’s the compassion Jesus so often proclaiming together the truth
the candidates in our own party I demonstrated. A ‘truth’ so
of the Gospel. In an increasingly
have to keep an eye on.” He may calculating it would have driven the
secular Ireland, this is vital if we are
not have specifically used the word prodigal away. A ‘truth’ so callous
to avoid becoming marginalised
‘candidates’ - his actual term from that it refuses to love, other than on
memory was a tad more robust! its own unforgiving terms. and, for many, irrelevant.
Unity, whether in a political party, I confess to never having heard There is currency and power in
or even amongst Christians, can of the German Lutheran theologian unity, but more especially there
often be in short supply - perhaps (of the early 17th century), Rupertus is ‘witness’ - and that should
often scarcer in the latter. Meldenius, but his phrase is supersede everything else, as
Unity is no good if it merely exists certainly well known to me and together we help to bring light
to paper over the cracks, like some many - “In Essentials Unity, In Non- to a dark world.
temporary weak wallpaper paste Essentials Liberty, In All Things “May the God who gives
that eventually loses its integrity. It Charity.” endurance and encouragement
must be real. So, what are the ‘essentials’? give you the same attitude of mind
But as long as there have been Surely that must be clear to all toward each other that Christ Jesus
people, there have been differences Christians as being the common had, so that with one mind and one
of opinion - it’s part of our make-up, bond of salvation and the voice you may glorify the God and
of our DNA. When these differences recognition of overwhelming
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
extend into doctrinal issues, what grace from our heavenly father.
“Accept one another, then, just
are we to do? That is not to say we should push
as Christ accepted you, in order
True love for the Lord is not everything else under the carpet.
something to be bandied with or No, there should be dialogue, to bring praise to God” (Romans
diluted - it cannot be pared down passion, expression and differences 15:5-7).
to a sliver of doctrine upon which of opinion. But never division, never
we can all agree. On that basis it is distain, never hate. Always love. Geoff Scargill is a
nothing, just a fluffy dogma that will Division does not serve our member of St James’
blow away in the wind. heavenly father, it serves ourselves church, Crinken (Dublin &
So, what is left to us? Do we - a mirror image of those Pharisees Glendalough).

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PRACTICAL ADVICE

USING
DRONES TO
PROTECT
YOUR
CHURCH
BUILDING Vegetation taking hold on tower.

By Chris McCollum answer. The scheme over two at 16 churches, chosen to fully
years (2017-18) was backed by explore the maintenance potential
A little time spent now on a the National Churches Trust of the technology. The surveys
building ‘M.O.T.’ can save parishes partnering with the Ulster Historic concentrated on high level difficult
from having to spend a great deal Churches Trust, and looked at a to reach elements including roofs,
of money later. Good maintenance range of different church buildings parapets, finials, rainwater goods,
begins with a good inspection, by denomination, location, size, towers and spires. The subsequent
but the inspection of the high scale and height. The scheme reports provided photographic
level elements of a church building also aimed to raise awareness of evidence of the defects uncovered,
can be a daunting - and perhaps the importance of maintenance of together with a detailed appraisal of
prohibitively expensive or risky - church buildings, as well as helping the structure, and clearly identified
thought for many select vestries. those charged with their upkeep to future maintenance works and
However, a pilot scheme, understand particular maintenance repairs.
undertaking a series of high level issues associated with their building. The first step was to work with
inspections of churches across McCollum Conservation working church wardens to ensure that the
Northern Ireland using drones, with a professional Unmanned Aerial path of the drone would capture
is showing that this emerging Vehicle (UAV) or drone operator, all the difficult to reach areas.
technology could provide an provided the service and looked These can be areas of the building
that are entirely inaccessible or
sections where there is a known
problem, such as dampness below.
Wardens can continue to contribute,
as images from the drone are
transmitted to a ground station
during the survey. Furthermore,
these can be interrogated, or the
path of the drone tweaked as the
survey proceeds. In this way, defects
can be tracked until the source
of the problem is identified. High
definition stills and video shots allow
detailed photos to be added to a
written report, which will augment
and explain what the issues are for
Cracked chimney stack. the short, medium and long-term

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PRACTICAL ADVICE

restrictions on flight paths according


to the grade of air space in which
the church sits and additional
permissions might be required.
High parts of any church or
cathedral can be difficult to
access to inspect to a point
where proceeding is prohibitively
expensive or even potentially
dangerous. Drones - coupled
with a knowledgeable building
expert - can help a parish seeking
to get to the root of a problem,
or wishing to understand the very
complex structure it is charged with
Blocked hiden gutter. maintaining. The reports generated
by the drone operator and
maintenance of the church building. in the church building’s fabric. professional can allow a meaningful
A drone inspection can be a The operator of the drone must periodic inspection to take place
one-off to pick up the cause of use it in a responsible manner and with a much reduced cost, time and
a symptom, such as dampness is subject to safety rules that are risk to the parish.
which has been noticed by the underpinned by law. The pilot must
congregation. Alternatively, it may Chris McCollum is a
be qualified and have permission
be commissioned on a periodic chartered building
to undertake commercial work from
basis so that a known deterioration surveyor, accredited in
the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
can be monitored, such as slipping building conservation.
slates or stone and pointing failure, On the day of the survey, the pilot He is the diocesan surveyor for
for example, to a spire. Most often, should have alerted neighbours Down & Dromore and Connor.
it will identify a mundane issue, such if required and must not fly at a He is entirely motivated by his
as a missing roof slate or blocked height above 400ft from ground enthusiasm for historic buildings and
high level gutter that is causing an level, unless specific CAA approval the people who own them, www.
exponential problem further down has been obtained. There are mccollumconservation.com

LOOKING AFTER VOLUNTEERS


By John Devitt and Economic Report). Volunteering wellbeing will influence how they
is, without doubt, a valued national feel about undertaking the activity
An organisation or employer’s duty asset and must be protected and you have asked them to complete,
of care to its volunteers is the same nurtured. their ability to complete tasks
as it is to its full-time employees. successfully and their long-term
We are all aware of the risks that SAFE PLACE commitment to an organisation or
employees face day to day, but In many of the organisations community.
risks to volunteers are similar and, we insure, we have seen how Prioritising the welfare and
more importantly, their long-term having a properly drafted and happiness of your volunteers is
welfare and wellbeing could be managed safeguarding policy can essential; managing and reducing
greatly impacted should something offer security and protection to your volunteer’s exposure to risk
go wrong. volunteers, where the volunteering is crucial to maintaining their
By definition, a volunteer is activity they are being asked to wellbeing.
motivated not by money, but by the undertake involves interacting with
satisfaction derived from helping children and/or other vulnerable WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
others, and doing the right thing. persons. This control measure is in You may often hear one of our
Indeed, the act of volunteering place to protect both the volunteer/ Ecclesiastical Insurance team cite
will create the environment and employee and the organisation, as the ‘Safety, Health and Welfare
satisfaction that can only improve well as the service user. at Work Act, 2005’ or in the UK,
how they feel. There are much wider implications the ‘Health and Safety at Work
There are now over 300,000 to creating a safe and secure Act 1974’. This is because we
charity volunteers in Ireland, who environment for everyone that are always looking to emphasise
give approximately 68 million hours may avail of your services, use the importance of creating a
of their time. This equates to €649m the facilities or volunteer at your safer working environment and
in monetary terms. (CII 2018 Social organisation. An individual’s preventing incidents that could lead

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to accidents in the workplace. ensuring that employees/volunteers encourage support and
This advice usually relates to are not under the influence of donations;
physical hazards that we identify drink or drugs in the workplace, or • Delivery of services - services
and which may expose your engaging in improper behaviour that rely on volunteers will be
employees or volunteers to risk of that will endanger themselves or delivered in a more satisfactory
injury while in the workplace, or others. fashion;
in any public area where they are • Reputation - an organisation’s
representing your organisation. WHAT CAN ORGANISATIONS reputation is its biggest asset;
AND EMPLOYERS DO?
poor controls and morale will
SOME PREVENTATIVE There are actions and procedures
impact this;
RECOMMENDATIONS that organisations can take
• Attracting new talent - good
COULD BE: to promote wellbeing. In the
• Ensuring appropriate equipment commercial world, these initiatives people are attracted to well-run
is used when working at heights; would typically include free staff organisations;
• Wearing the correct personal health checks, advice/support lines, • Saving money - better
protective equipment when staff surveys, social activities and management of risk means fewer
at work; opportunities to volunteer for a issues and incidents that always
• Cleaning up waste and ensuring worthy cause during working hours. have a common denominator,
all surfaces are clean and clear Just like employees, volunteers namely, cost!
of obstacles. need to be recognised for their Whilst the overriding agenda
These represent some of the efforts and commitments, and you is often about risk management,
most common types of measures should look for ways to replicate claims and premium savings,
that prevent the events that their gestures, such as: the bigger picture is to create a
typically lead to physical injury • Celebrating success; positive environment that protects
compensation payments. In the • Public recognition; those involved and motivates
eyes of the law, you as an employer • Training and induction; them to continue to serve their
or an organisation which makes • Partnering and mentoring
communities. Aside from the
use of volunteer labour, must new volunteers;
potential financial benefit or fallout,
identify and address any potential • Post-event surveys of
the wellbeing of the individual is
hazards which you believe require the volunteers.
preventative action. our primary consideration when
As well as maintaining a safe HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT we create a better working and
workplace and providing suitable YOUR ORGANISATION OR volunteering environment.
training, employers are required to THE COMMUNITY?
prevent any improper conduct or • Successful fundraising - fully John Devitt is head of
behaviour likely to put the safety, engaged volunteers will business development at
health or welfare of employees and/ represent your organisation Ecclesiastical Insurance,
or volunteers at risk. This includes in a more positive way and www.ecclesiastical.ie

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THINKING COMMUNICATION

By Paul McFadden

Dutiful religious attendance is


honoured, nowadays, more in the
COMMUNICATION
breach than in the observance.
Where once vast numbers of
people trooped dutifully into local
IN AN ERA OF
churches on the Sabbath, many
are instead now lured away by
rival ‘attractions’ such as Sunday LONGER BATTERY
LIFE AND SHORTER
shopping, Sunday lunch, Sky TV’s
‘Super Sunday’, Sunday outings,
even Sunday television (which can
be every bit as mind-numbing as
the most boring sermon, but a
couch offers a much comfier seat
than a pew).
I’m not suggesting that it’s the
ATTENTION SPANS
primary responsibility of a pastor to
‘entertain’ - God forbid. A pastor is
there to guide, lead and teach. But,
if he or she struggles to engage
their flock, they will find it difficult
to make an impact. Not only that,
but how can we communicate
a message to a world with a
seemingly dwindling attention

(Photo: Jason Rothwell on Unsplash)


span?
Ministry can be challenging
nowadays, but good communication
skills will help make it easier.

GOOGLING COMMUNICATION
When I googled the words
‘communication’ and ‘church’
recently, I got about 164 million
results in 0.41 seconds. The first
page of results alone yielded: ‘Three
keys to effective communication
within your church staff’; ‘Five steps
of effective church communication
and marketing’; ‘Eight simple ways
to improve church communication’; I am too young.’ But the Lord said drama. Jesus himself used parables
‘Nine obstacles to effective to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ to communicate more effectively.
communication in the church’; You must go to everyone I send you There’s a fascinating exchange
and ‘12 essentials of church to and say whatever I command in Matthew 13, in which
communication’. you. Do not be afraid of them, for communication is addressed head
Never has so much help been I am with you and will rescue you,’ on. It is when disciples ask Jesus
available to churches and clergy declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 1:6-8). why he speaks to the people in
as they go about their work. One ‘Say what I command you.’ parables. Jesus explains: “... the
wonders how we managed for the Communication has always served
seed falling on good soil refers to
previous 2,000 years without any an important role for those who
someone who hears the Word and
Internet to help us... were called - from the days when
understands it. This is the one who
the earliest Christians went about
RELUCTANT COMMUNICATOR from hiding place to hiding place, produces a crop, yielding 100, 60 or
When the reluctant Jeremiah right up to the present day when 30 times what was sown.”
was called to prophetic ministry, the Gospel is preached all around Hearing the Word and
about 2,500 years ago (Jeremiah, the globe. understanding it. Wrapped up in
chapter 1), he was to be armed with We have employed a variety of there, I humbly suggest, should
something far more powerful than communication tools and mediums lie the mission statement for every
the Internet. “‘Alas, Sovereign Lord,’ to ‘spread the word’ - from sermons, Christian leader, preacher and
I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; through to religious art, music and church.

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simplicity and clarity of
language are critically
important. If your
(Photo: Jon Tyson on Unsplash)

listeners fail to grasp


what you’re saying
immediately, then
you’ve lost them. You
can reread a paragraph
but you can’t rewind a
sermon.
Sermons,
presentations and
articles must always
be interesting and
relevant. If they don’t
capture the attention of
the listener or reader,
they risk being ignored
or boring people.
Short, simple
words; clear, concise
REIMAGINING tablets. But, the older amongst us sentences; and
So, how can we spread the Word will remember a time when Job was cogent, logical concepts are always
more successfully? Part of our more influential than Jobs. preferable. You should steer clear of
response must surely be to widen jargon and - as we used to say in my
our understanding of Church. NEXT STEPS journalistic days - you should avoid
Some clergy have already been So, how can clergy and churches clichés like the plague.
taking ‘church’ out of church, and communicate better in this era You should think about your
reimagining places of worship. of longer battery life and shorter audience: are you addressing young
Others are being even more radical attention spans? children, teenagers or older people?
in their approach. Sometimes - when I’m not Each group requires a different
Last autumn, while acknowledging approach. What are you hoping to
the continuing decline in Sunday achieve? Are you hoping to raise
attendance, the Bishop of London, money? Do you want to change
Sarah Mullally, was struck by how behaviour? Are you looking to
churches were responding and
evolving. “We live in an age of rapid
You can reread a change people’s hearts or minds?
Your presentation or sermon has to
social change affecting all aspects
of life,” she said, “right down to
paragraph but be focused.
Sadly, nowadays, people are more
people’s working patterns and how
they spend their weekends. you can’t rewind likely to heed a fridge magnet than
a tablet of stone. So, I invite you
“While there’s a downward
pattern in Sunday attendance, the a sermon to reflect on the words of the film
producer, John Powell (which can
fact that worshipping community
now be bought in fridge magnet
membership figures are stable
form): “Communication works for
shows that, for many people, being
part of the Church is more than those who work at it.”
just a matter of what they do on a communicating on behalf of Derry We need to get serious about
Sunday morning.” & Raphoe Diocese - I work with a communication and be thoughtful
Data shows that the Church of colleague to deliver communication about how we go about it. We need
England more than doubled its classes to individuals and groups to work at it. If we don’t, we could
monthly reach on social media last from the public, private and end up talking to ourselves - literally
year - from 1.2 million in 2017 to community sectors. At all times, we - and that would be one audience
2.44 million in 2018. “And millions stress the importance of ‘getting we would not want to bore.
encounter the Church in their your message across’.
daily lives,” Bishop Mullally said, To do so, you must know what Paul McFadden is a
“through its commitment to the your message is (this probably former BBC journalist. As
most vulnerable, from food bank seems obvious but, trust me, it isn’t). well as being a diocesan
provision to night shelters, lunch You have to know your audience. communications
clubs and community cafes.” And you have to choose your officer, he is a partner in
There’s the old joke about how, in medium. Leapfrog Communications, www.
Exodus, the Lord gave Moses two When speaking to a congregation, leapfrogcommunications.co.uk

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THINKING LEADERSHIP

A MILE WIDE
BUT AN
INCH DEEP

THE CHALLENGES OF LEADERSHIP


AND THE CHANGES I MADE
By Tim Magowan tragic situation that he and a police conflict in the last two years that led
officer had dealt with. The situation a clergyperson or other religious
Coming home from our family was so traumatic that the police leader to leave the congregation.
holiday was always painful. As officer was immediately given 72 It took a long time for me
soon as my dad walked through hours leave and the opportunity to to realise I was struggling as
the door of the manse, he was met talk through his experience with a a leader. I had followed Jesus
by a long list of deaths, illnesses counsellor. Despite dealing with this for years into more difficult and
and crises, which he had to attend - and two other sudden deaths - the challenging terrain. At first it had
to immediately. There was no soft minister got no support at all. been exhilarating - I had helped
landing - just straight back into the In a survey of 500 English to mobilise thousands of people
cut and thrust of parish life. clergy, around 12% said they were to support the Make Poverty
Growing up in a manse gave me a ‘struggling’ or ‘barely coping’. History campaign, established a
front row seat into how emotionally Two-thirds of those said they new organisation in the Republic
and spiritually challenging ‘frequently considered giving up of Ireland, and was managing our
ministry is. Constant dinner time their role in the Church because of teams in Northern Ireland, Scotland
interruptions, marathon 70-hour stress’. In a study of 1,500 American and Wales.
working weeks, and the weekly clergy, one in 10 respondents However, five years in, I realised
challenge of providing help and reported feeling ‘very’ or ‘extremely some home truths: the long hours
hope to people facing death socially isolated’. An additional and constant demands of leadership
and illnesses. 20% reported feeling ‘moderately had left me exhausted and anxious;
Considering all he faced, my dad socially isolated’. I was emotionally and spiritually
did well in caring for himself: he Another challenge is the constant shallow as a person; and I was
normally took Saturday off, usually criticism that many clergy feel struggling to be a good husband,
played golf on a Monday and took they get. One minister told me dad and friend. This was not what
a good holiday in the summer. how he felt he simply existed on a I had signed up for. I had thought
Nonetheless, it was tough. spectrum of criticism - no matter that I’d follow Christ and he would
Many church leaders struggle what he said or did, he knew he lead into ‘life in all its fullness’. To
particularly when life throws the would get negative feedback from me, that meant successful project
toughest challenges at them. One someone. In an American study, followed by successful project.
minister I know told me of a very 9% of congregations reported a I ended up in the study of Tom,

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my spiritual director, admitting volunteers and supporters to utilise As a leader, I felt called to move
that I was ‘a mile wide but an inch their gifts and abilities to find to work for a communications
deep’. By listening carefully and solutions. When I returned home, company, using the skills I learnt
speaking wisely, Tom helped me see I got some training as a coach to in Tearfund, to help charities and
that in the midst of loving others, help me release the God given gifts brands to flourish. As a coach, I help
I had forgotten how to love God and abilities of others. leaders and organisations navigate
and love myself as well. I was not Ironically, by living in a more difficult challenges and more
having a breakdown, rather God balanced, less success driven way forward positively.
was breaking up unhealthy patterns, I ended up having one of the most I still strive, struggle to be present
challenging my drivenness and fruitful periods of my career. I have and shout too much at my children!
calling me into a much fuller life. built deeper, richer relationships However, with the support and
This led to me finding better life- with friends and family. Together, my challenge of the people around
rhythms, discovering deeper ways team in Tearfund raised hundreds of me, I am learning how to become
to pray, as well as investing more thousands of pounds of additional the person God created me to be
deeply in my relationships funding to stop people trafficking - a disciple who is learning to love
and friendships. in India, and provide clean water in God, others and myself.
I also began to realise that my the Democratic Republic of Congo
way of loving others needed to and Uganda. My coaching skills Tim Magowan was
change. The busyness of life and helped staff, volunteers and clients formerly director of
my own creative ability has led to a unlock their potential and be more Tearfund N.Ireland,
pattern of mobilising others around fully themselves. Tearfund Ireland and
my own ideas. Visiting Tearfund Likewise, my new approach to Tearfund’s devolved
partners around the world, I saw life has also led me to unexpected nations team leader. He currently
first hand the power of unlocking places. As a family, we have joined works as a communications
God given potential in each person. a missional community who are consultant and also runs Tim
Instead of bringing the solution, I seeking to play their part in building Magowan Coaching, www.
realised I needed to enable staff, God’s kingdom in inner east Belfast. timmagowancoaching.co.uk

CLERGY
SELF CARE -
DEVELOPING
HEALTHY
PATTERNS
By Bishop Ken Good our day; danger of overwork, of seeking to
• No real beginning or end to our meet too many demands, of living
All professions present particular week; up to high expectations (their own
challenges when it comes to • Being available and ‘on call’ and others’), of not being sure what
maintaining good health and 24/7; and they are really achieving, and of
wellbeing. In the case of clergy, • Our family living in public view not knowing whether their work is
these include: much of the time. appreciated or valued.
• No real beginning or end to For many clergy, there is a real It is only natural that in moments

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THINKING LEADERSHIP

We move through life


very quickly, pressing on to
the next thing(s) ...

of exasperation, clergy might blame pressing on to the next thing(s) 3. PERSONAL FINANCES
their parishioners, the bishop, the without reflecting adequately on Financial pressure can be a source
system, or their situation for the what God has been doing with of stress for many people. I have
pressures and disappointments us and saying to us, through the long realised that it is important
they experience in parish ministry. people we have encountered and for my own wellbeing that I attend
There may even be occasions when the events we have experienced. to things like paying bills on time,
unacceptable behaviour on the A prayer journal can help us to living within budget, avoiding
part of other people needs to be pause, take stock, pray through debt and setting aside savings
confronted and dealt with. any difficulties, seek solutions and for unexpected expenses and
But in the normal course of events, give thanks for God’s grace and emergencies. A lot of stress can be
it is essential that we ourselves avoided by respecting such financial
guidance.
- clergymen and clergywomen - boundaries.
accept some responsibility for our
2. DIARY MANAGEMENT
own self care and wellbeing. This 4. PHYSICAL EXERCISE
Time management can be When life gets too busy and we feel
means putting in place practices
and patterns that help us to cope a particular challenge for under pressure, it is hard to beat
better with the demands of ministry. clergy. It requires discipline some physical exercise - and yet,
Ideally, these habits will become and self awareness, as well as we persuade ourselves that we do
established as part of our daily acknowledgement of what our not have time for such indulgence.
routine. We are all different, of own weaknesses are. Careful and A 45-minute walk, a few times a
course, and each of us needs to intentional diary management can week, can work wonders for our
work out what works best for us. In really help. mental as well as physical wellbeing.
my case, I have found the following For years, it has been my custom Playing any sport, or even doing a
five to be really helpful: to do some focussed diary planning seven-minute workout a few times a
in the month of November for the week, is part of self care. There are
1. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES coming year. Entering retreat days, now several useful apps to guide us
Giving time and attention to our planning days, preparation days, through a workout.
spiritual disciplines is not only a vital holidays and a day off each week
part of our life and work, but can be (for the year ahead) can provide 5. RESTFUL SLEEP
an important part of our pattern of boundaries and balance to our use Pressure, worries and busyness
self care. When spiritual disciplines of time - and even provide useful often lead to poor sleep patterns,
slip, other things in our life can get cover when requests later come and trying to get by repeatedly on
out of kilter too. So, how do we less than seven hours of sleep per
our way to take on engagements or
prevent that from happening? night is now recognised as a serious
other commitments. It can be very
For more than 20 years now, I mistake. Sleep is therapeutic,
helpful - and truthful - to be able to
have been using a prayer journal as restorative and healing. Our bodies
say, ‘Sorry, I can’t do that, there is and minds need it, so we have to
part of my daily devotional practice.
already something in my diary for ensure we get enough of it. This
This may strike some as more of
a burden than a blessing, but I that day.’ may require discipline.
have found it to be an increasingly As the year progresses, further Nowadays they say, ‘Your health
vital and even edifying part of careful diary management, in is your wealth’, so may I wish you
my spiritual wellbeing. I use an advance, is still necessary, each a happy and prosperous new year.
A5 page-per-day diary and write month and each week, as we seek Look after yourself.
my prayers, addressed to God, to maintain a sensible and balanced
as I reflect on and pray about the overview of our commitments, our + Ken Good is Bishop of
previous day’s events. downtime, our family time, and so Derry & Raphoe.
We move through life very quickly, on.

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DEVOTIONAL

HEARING THE
GENTLE WHISPER
By Rev Adrian McCartney My sense of wellbeing often regularity. Nevertheless, it is always
goes hand in hand with a sense of willing to try again, if we will but
‘There is nothing like reading about purpose, a reason for being me give it a chance...
climbing to the top of a mountain. rather than doing me, whether in
Let that author describe the ministry or in work - or both, if they Drop thy still dews of quietness,
sense of achievement, the blood are the same. It was once a simple till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and
pumping through their arteries, call to follow Christ, to be with him,
stress,
feeling nearer to whatever is up the primary purpose.
and let our ordered lives confess
above, feeling further away from Do you remember that moment,
the beauty of thy peace.
all that is down below - day to day at the third crow of the cock,
life, not ‘Dante’ - the calm, the Peter felt his personal ‘follow me’ Elijah, a troubled soul, incredibly
stillness. There really is nothing like evaporate as he bowed his head in powerful and successful, yet
reading about it!’ What a ridiculous despair and self disappointment? terrified, fearful and worn out. In a
statement. Of course there is Three days later, perhaps on that desperate attempt to get back on
something far better than reading beach, an embarrassed deflated track - or maybe to stay completely
about it. Peter heard his dear friend speak off track - he ran away (1 Kings 19).
So, a devotional in the new again those two words, “Follow me” He wasn’t even looking for God. He
Gazette? Are we happy to just (John 21:19). Might that same dear certainly hadn’t brought his 40-day
read about ‘wellbeing’ or is there friend be willing to let me try again, plan for wellbeing
something beyond the reading and not just as another one-off, but with him.
about it? as a genuine way of being with him. Nonetheless, in his despair he
If you have the technology, you discovered that God was present
could actually listen to the next In simple trust like theirs who - not judging, not measuring, not
six lines or just sing along with heard scheming. Then, without warning,
me as I am typing. What glorious beside the Syrian sea the mysterious unexpected. The
cacophony is God hearing right the gracious calling of the Lord, earthquake, the wind, the fire; then,
now? let us, like them, without a word the most precious of all moments,
rise up and follow thee. “a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12).
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, There was soon to be a new
forgive our foolish ways; A good illustration only has to
have a smidgeon of truth ... Mother commission and there would be
reclothe us in our rightful mind, more work, but first an unexpected
in purer lives thy service find, Teresa was once asked what she
asked for when she prayed. She moment of intimacy.
in deeper reverence, praise. What did God whisper? What
replied, “I don’t ask, I listen.” She
might he whisper to someone like
At regular intervals, I switch my was then asked, “OK, so what does
you or me? What would you like
laptop completely off. I do the God say to you?” She replied, “Oh,
to hear? Maybe the longing of our
same with my phone, my WiFi he doesn’t speak, he just listens.”
hearts is the echo of his whisper.
and my TV provider. Why? I was
O Sabbath rest by Galilee, Maybe his whisper is the echo of
told that every now and again, it
O calm of hills above, the longing in my heart?
needs to rearrange itself back to its
original settings. Systems can be where Jesus knelt to share
Breathe through the heats of
reset, the results of our work can with thee
our desire
be reorganised, our ‘oops’ can be the silence of eternity,
thy coolness and thy balm;
deleted. interpreted by love!
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Likewise, the desktop of my mind Wellbeing does not have an speak through the earthquake,
and heart is constantly clogging ounce of aggression in its being. wind, and fire,
up with demands and concerns, It will never wrestle its way into O still, small voice of calm.
disappointments and anxieties. Can our lives. It has no competitive
I be reset, reclothed in my rightful Amen.
adrenaline waiting to be released.
mind? Lord, please take the muddle Yet, it has enemies at every turn Rev Adrian McCartney
of my busyness and begin to sort it. in life - they steal its power from is rector of Belvoir
Dear Lord and Father... us without warning and they bully parish church (Down &
it into submission with ridiculous Dromore).

CHURCH OF IRELAND GAZETTE |27


WORLD NEWS

John Chau was killed on India’s North


Sentinel Island last November.
(Photo via Instagram)

DEATH SPARKS DEBATE


OVER MISSION WORK
By Emily McFarlan Miller shouted at and an arrow shot at cultures, and “typically it’s not very
and Jack Jenkins him. positive.”
He retreated again, but returned Amy Peterson, a former mission
It was reported last November that one last time, telling the fishermen worker, said Chau’s story reminds
John Allen Chau, a young American he would be fine staying on her of missionary biographies that
mission worker, died at the hands the island overnight. When inspired her as a little girl growing
of people living on a protected they returned, they saw several up in an evangelical Christian home
island off the coast of India. His Sentinelese people dragging his in the US. They were stories of
story sparked a debate in Christian body down the beach. adventure, of heroic figures who
circles over his approach to Chau’s relatives since have said travelled to locations that seemed
spreading the Christian Gospel at that they forgive his killers and that exotic to her as a child.
North Sentinel Island - and whether Chau “loved God, life, helping Those stories inspired her to
he should have been there at all. those in need and had nothing but become a mission worker to
The following discussion takes love for the Sentinelese people.” southeast Asia. “I wanted to be one
place recognising that a young man Indian authorities say they have no of the real, true, greatest Christians
lost his life at a tragically early age. plans to recover his body, according - one of heaven’s heroes,” said
Much of the discussion was rooted to The Guardian. Peterson, who wrote Dangerous
in Chau’s 13-page account of his Some mission experts have Territory: My Misguided Quest
final days, which was shared by varying opinions of Chau’s actions. to Save the World, about her
his mother with The Washington Scott Moreau, dean of Wheaton experience and how it changed her
Post. According to the handwritten College’s graduate school and thinking about missions.
diary, he convinced several local a scholar of mission work and That “missionary myth,” as she
fishermen to bring him as close as intercultural communication, said calls it, is common in evangelical
possible to North Sentinel Island Chau’s approach sits on the “naive Christianity. It first developed in
on 14th November, at which point end” of the missionary spectrum. the 1700s, she said, when famed
he paddled to shore in a kayak. He “If I had been training him, I revivalist Jonathan Edwards
described seeing women “looing would be appalled at what he compiled the biography of David
and chattering” before being appeared to do based on his Brainerd, a mission worker to the
confronted by men wielding bows diaries,” he said. “To go stand on a Delaware people in New Jersey.
and arrows. beach and holler at them ... it just Originally published as An
“My name is John, I love you and seems unwise, to say the least.” Account of the Life of the Late
Jesus loves you,” he shouted at Moreau suggested that Chau Reverend Mr. David Brainerd, the
them, according to the journal. He could have tried sitting on a beach biography is replete with tales of
then threw a fish at the Sentinelese quietly and waiting for an islander survival in harsh circumstances and
and fled. He returned the next to approach rather than hollering is the most reprinted of Edwards’
day with a collection of gifts - fish, at them. Yelling, he said, can be books.
scissors and a safety pin. He was interpreted differently in various That work inspired many famous

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mission workers like Jim Elliot, who, His diary makes clear he knew director of Alongsiders International.
along with four others, was killed that local authorities would not He said, “Frankly ... much more
several years into a mission to share approve of his action: He wrote that needs to be said and done to
Christianity with the Waorani people “God himself was hiding us from help churches, missionaries and
in Ecuador. Chau’s case has brought the Coast Guard and many patrols,” Christians in general be more aware
up memories of Elliot’s death for according to the Post. However, of their own cultural biases, and the
many. Ho insisted that her organisation historical actions of the countries
But that adventure narrative instructs missionaries to follow they come from,” he wrote in an
is a dangerous and damaging laws. “We train our All Nations email interview. “Especially if they
way of talking about missions, missionaries to obey authority and are going to be engaging with
Peterson said. For one, she said, it’s to respect laws,” she said. others of a different culture and
tinged with white supremacy and Ho also said Chau may have been socio-economic context.”
western cultural imperialism. It also under the impression it was legal to Rev Randy S. Woodley, co-
emphasises faith over planning, travel to the island. She claimed All sustainer of Eloheh Indigenous Way/
education and common sense. She Nations had no contact with Chau in Eagle’s Wings Ministry and author
said, “... what [Chau] did was right the final days before his death. But of Shalom and the Community of
in line with the way that missionary she said that Chau told family and Creation: An Indigenous Vision, has
work has often been mythologised friends that he believed the Indian produced guidelines for Christians
in the white American church.” government had rescinded a ban on wanting to do mission work that
Mary Ho, international executive travel to North Sentinel Island last stresses mutual learning and cultural
leader of All Nations (US based August. contextualisation. Otherwise,
missions organisation) and one She didn’t rule out re-evaluating Woodley said, they may repeat
of Chau’s trainers, disagrees. She his approach, however. “We are mistakes of the past. “I think that
told Religious News Service that now still grieving, and I am sure that we have to earn our right to be
the 26-year-old had spoken for we will take time to reassess, to re- heard - and now more than ever,
years about his desire to reach the evaluate the events of [that] week,” and especially among indigenous
Sentinelese and that he “knew that’s Ho said. peoples. The track record is
what his life’s mission was about.” Moreau said such legal concerns abysmal,” he said.
Ho said Chau spent years are unlikely to keep stalwart Likewise, Greenfield said that he’s
preparing for his mission. He missionaries from their work. seen the negative effects of more
majored in sports medicine at Some operate in countries where traditional approaches to missions
university and received training their actions are prohibited by law during his time living in Asia, for
as a both a mission worker and where religious freedom is more than a decade. He has written
and a wilderness EMT. He also restricted. He acknowledged that he about new approaches to that work
reportedly had been vaccinated and has participated in meetings abroad and believes the word “mission”
quarantined himself, in preparation that may have been considered now comes with so much baggage
for contact with people who would illegal by local governments. “You that it is no longer helpful.
have no immunity to many common will find people who say, ‘We “Missionary work has historically
diseases. He told others his plan don’t care what governments say,’ been guilty of a great many things
was to spend years on the island, because for many missionaries this - as they were part of the broader
learning the language and sharing is an eternal issue versus one that’s colonial movement. But there
his faith with its residents, according happening now,” he said. were also positive impacts, such as
to reports. Craig Greenfield is founder and education and science that were
spread through missionary work,”
he said. “So, it’s only fair to note
that it has been a mixed bag.”
Moreau also acknowledged that
mixed legacy. And he knows that
some critics see mission work as a
form of colonialism. Still, he says,
many Christians believe their faith
compels them to convert others
anyway.
“I understand the criticisms and
critiques of mission work because I
teach them, but that doesn’t mean
we stop altogether because there
is an eternal issue at stake,” the
Wheaton professor said.
“I don’t see this dying off unless
An open Bible sits on a map. There are many different training options and Christians completely change their
approaches to mission work. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons) convictions.” [RNS/Gazette]

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WORLD NEWS

MORE THAN JUST SURVIVAL:


A VISIT TO KURDISTAN, IRAQ
By Rev Mark Harvey

What was intended as a casual


conversation over breakfast,
turned out to be something rather
different. At the New Wine Ireland
conference in Sligo last July, I was
speaking to Eddie Lyle, president
of Open Doors UK and Ireland.
After sharing some helpful pointers
towards our parish engaging in
partnership with Open Doors, he
asked me to consider joining him
and ten other church leaders from
the UK on a short trip to northern Pictured at a hotel in Erbil, Iraq, are (from left): Rev Paul Perkin; Rev Ian
Iraq in September. Stackhouse; Eddie Lyle, Open Doors UK and Ireland president; Darren Millar
We arrived in Erbil, capital of AM, Welsh Assembly; Rev Mark Harvey; Rev Faizal Jerjees, St George’s
Kurdistan, and there followed Baghdad; Patrick Regan; Christine Perkin; Rich Bradley; Rev Paul Revill; and
four very intense, challenging and Dr Matthew Rees, Open Doors advocacy policy officer. (Photo courtesy of
humbling days as we listened to, Open Doors UK and Ireland)
observed, questioned and prayed planning of Open Doors and their Theresa May. In July 2018, she
with Iraqi church leaders and the local partners, and also the prayer appointed Lord Ahmad as her
members of various Christian covering of churches, families and special envoy for religious freedom.
communities we were privileged friends enabled us to be free from Whilst this is seen as a very positive
to meet. any sense of danger, and to focus step, persecution of our brothers
The horrors of ISIS were never on what we were hearing, seeing and sisters in Christ continues to
far below the surface in our and learning. increase around the world.
conversations. It was harrowing The work that Open Doors How can we respond? Firstly,
to hear first-hand accounts of the supports through local partners inform yourself about what is
sheer brutality with which they amongst those who have suffered happening. Open Doors is one
have sought to eradicate these so much, is a source of real hope of a number of organisations
historic Christian communities from for the thousands of Christians who working tirelessly to advocate for
a land that has been their home for are seeking to rebuild their lives and support persecuted Christians
millennia. The resilience of clergy and communities. From trauma throughout the world. Secondly,
and their people in the face of this counselling and support, to socio- write to your MP and seek their
religious genocide was inspiring. economic projects, and training for support for those who suffer for their
The courage and vision of the church leaders (lay and ordained), faith. Thirdly, get involved through
churches standing up in the face of their work is creating a new hope raising awareness in your own
sheer blood-lust, providing shelter, and confidence that is far more than
parish, thereby mobilising others as
care and pathways towards healing just survival.
well. And most importantly, pray for
and restoration, were a challenge Hope is alive and well amongst
those who are being persecuted -
to someone who ministers in a still Iraq’s historic Christian communities.
that the Lord will strengthen them
divided community. People are being equipped with
to be faithful to him in the midst
We also learned of the plight of new skills in order to ensure dignity
Muslim Background Believers of everything they face.
and future prospects through
(MBBs - those who have chosen Open Doors works in over 60
employment opportunities. Homes
to convert to Christianity from and churches are being rebuilt, countries, supplying Bibles, training
Islam), and how they are sometimes and along with them the strength church leaders, providing practical
ostracised from their families and of many communities is being support and emergency relief, and
communities, often under the real restored. supporting Christians who suffer for
threat of physical harm or even One of the clergy we met, their faith. For more information,
death. Fr Daniel, visited the UK in visit www.opendoorsuk.org
Not knowing what to expect, December 2017 and was able to
I was surprised at the feeling of highlight the plight of persecuted Rev Mark Harvey is rector
security as we travelled by road Iraqi Christians and other minorities of Shankill parish, Lurgan
and, at times, on foot. The excellent in a meeting with Prime Minister (Down & Dromore).

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CHILDREN

The Church also has a crucial role to play


- showing children that they are loved and
wanted with the message of God’s love ...

NURTURING CHILDREN
By Julie Currie nurture and equip our children, to week and so on, is significant.
help guide and walk with them on It shows that they are seen as
The term ‘wellbeing’ is increasingly their faith journey. We have a great individuals and unique in their own
used when discussing adults story to share: of hope, restoration way. It helps them discover their
and young people, as awareness and love; of a saviour that met all own identity and who they are
and incidence of mental health people at their point of need but in Jesus - and this is an essential
problems grow. However, it is a was especially understanding of foundation for life with faith.
term less used when it comes to children; and who was full of life Leaders can show children that
children, despite the fact that the and joy in the same way that so they are loved through the words
same issues affecting the wellbeing many of our children are, but was they use and the way they interact
of young people and adults will also acquainted with sorrow and with them. Taking time to listen
inevitably affect children too. sadness. to a child, giving them their full
What is ‘wellbeing’? For children, “I have come that they may have attention; using positive language
it can be broadly defined as their life, and have it to the full” (John and encouraging words; vocalising
state of happiness, life satisfaction 10:10b). how lovely it is to see them; taking
and positive functioning (Public So, how can we as Church help to note of how the children look
Health England) and the ability to promote the wellbeing of children in both physically and emotionally;
cope with normal stresses of life our care? commenting on how happy or sad
(World Health Organisation). Generally, churches have only a they are; or mentioning their new
Furthermore, children are not few hours per week with the children coat, hair band or toy they have
immune to the stresses and involved in our organisations. It is
brought or are wearing. All these
important to invest time to build
struggles around them, such things are small actions, but to a
relationships, play, talk, create, leave
as within family life, school and child they speak greatly that you
space for discussion, chat and listen.
society. They can be bombarded care and take the time to see and
Show them they are loved:
with negative images, experience hear them.
parents, family and other caregivers
peer pressure and overwhelming Creating spaces to slow down and
clearly have a significant and
educational expectations, to name reflect is important. For instance,
influential role in this, but the
but a few pressure points. using the model of ‘circle time’ to
Church also has a crucial role to
Within this context, the Church come together and chat through
play - showing children that they
has a duty of care to protect, are loved and how their week was, what they are
wanted with looking forward to and what they
the message of may be anxious about, enables
God’s love, and children to have a voice and be
how to live that heard. And ultimately, to help
out. children know that God is with
Welcome them, to develop a robust faith that
them: a friendly will hold to God above anything
‘hello’ and else and know the truth of what
asking how Jesus said.
the child is “Let the little children come to
doing, knowing me, and do not hinder them, for the
their names, kingdom of heaven belongs to such
remembering as these” (Matthew 19:14).
something they
had shared or Julie Currie is Down
chatted about & Dromore’s diocesan
the previous children’s officer.

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YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS

BUILDING
RESILIENCE
By Steve Grasham

“Wellbeing is more than being


happy. It is the ability to cope with
the challenges of life and rejoice in
the goodness. It is being Well, not
becoming better,” Jim Davis MBE,
chair of YES Forum, a European
network of organisations that
tackle youth poverty and social
exclusion, once said.
We often hear the term
‘wellbeing’ in relation to young
people, but perhaps in our youth
ministry we haven’t given much
thought to what impact positive involves both ‘objective’ indicators emotional wellbeing programmes
wellbeing may have on the young - e.g. measures of health, education can produce long-term benefits to
people we work with regularly. and poverty - and these more the health and wellbeing of young
Christian young people are not subjective measures that actually people. They can also provide the
immune to all the pressures of today require us to listen to young people skills base for the prevention of a
from so many different areas of life. and ask, ‘How happy are you with wider range of problem behaviours,
Studies into the wellbeing of young your life as a whole?’ such as substance misuse,
people, in both Ireland and the UK, The Children’s Society identified emotional distress, disruptive
reveal a cohort of young people 10 different aspects of life that behaviour, and risky health and
who demonstrate a decreasing are important to young people’s sexual behaviours.
‘happiness’ with their world. overall wellbeing. These are: family, As a park runner, I was delighted
Youth ministry can be described friends, health, appearance, time to find these cornerstones of
as encouraging the personal, use, the future, home, money and their approach, “We should
social, physical, spiritual, emotional possessions, school, and amount of value and encourage quality time
and educational development of choice. They found that one in 10 spent with friends and family,
young people. In other words, we young people feel both unhappy skill development, a sense of
have a holistic perspective and with their lives and that their life community, feeling valued, personal
are interested in the whole young lacks meaning and purpose. As they quests, confidence boosting
person, not just the ‘spiritual bit’. get older, girls become less happy achievements, talking through
Our role is to support them as they than boys with their appearance problems, sharing of experiences,
develop their voice, influence and and life as a whole, and more likely being in the open air and immersed
role in their church, school, family to experience emotional health in nature, and moving our bodies
and community; and in doing so, problems, such as anxiety and in a natural and joyful way.” The
help them to achieve their God depression. physical development of young
given potential. This is not a minor Social and emotional wellbeing people is an area we often forget
undertaking. has been shown to contribute we can add value to.
Happiness has become a term to young people’s academic So, what else can we do as
to help describe young people’s outcomes, their social development, churches to support our young
subjective wellbeing - a young their capacity to contribute to the people? Listening carefully to
person’s own assessment of how community and their ability to them about their needs can help
their lives are going. This includes secure employment in adulthood. youth workers and churches tailor
cognitive evaluations that young Social and emotional wellbeing is a their provision more effectively to
people make about life as a whole, protective factor against a range of better support individuals. Non-
as well as different aspects of life health problems. judgemental listening is essential
and the experience of positive and There is an extensive amount to enable young people to develop
negative emotions at a particular of international evidence valuable skills for life and to reach
point in time. Measuring wellbeing demonstrating that social and their potential.

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Building resilience is one of the key skills we may
want to help our young people develop,
as we support their ability to cope with and
adapt to life’s changes and challenges …

The privilege we have is to remind with and adapt to life’s changes of these areas.
them that they are “fearfully and and challenges, as well as their Finally, we might also want to
wonderfully made” (Psalm 139); for awareness of the ‘risk’ factors give our young people simple
them to know that they are loved at home, at school and with mechanisms to help them maintain
and that God has great plans for relationships, to name a few. positive wellbeing: eat well; sleep
them - “And we know that in all The BoingBoing Resilience well; spend time outside; be kind
things God works for the good of framework suggests that there to yourself; do something that
those who love him, who have been are five keys to resilience. These makes you happy; experience some
called according to his purpose” are: ensuring the basic necessities silence; and be thankful at the end
(Romans 8:28-31). for life are in place - food, sleep, of the day.
We can also provide young money, housing, a safe space; “And now, dear brothers and
people with the skills they need encouraging good relationships sisters, one final thing. Fix your
in order to improve their own and having people in your life you thoughts on what is true, and
wellbeing. This includes helping can count on; developing interests, honourable, and right, and
them understand their emotions talents and life skills in and out of pure, and lovely, and admirable.
and thought patterns, promoting school; embedding skills to manage Think about things that are excellent
positive wellbeing and resilience, the everyday knocks of life, problem and worthy of praise” (Philippians
and setting small manageable solving and how to stay calm; 4:8).
goals. and developing a strong sense of
Building resilience is one of the self, including ways to build and Steve Grasham is Church
key skills we may want to help nurture confidence, self-esteem and of Ireland youth ministry
our young people develop, as character. Our youth ministry can development officer
we support their ability to cope play a part in most - if not all - (southern region).

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DIOCESAN PHOTOS

CHURCH OF IRELAND IN PICTURES


Hilda Connolly
(left), diocesan
youth officer in the
United Dioceses
of Cork, Cloyne &
Ross, and Viridiana
Kingston Castro,
a youth worker
from Coolkelure in
Dunmanway, Co
Cork, graduated
The Zacchaeus Christmas tree festival took place last last November
December at Kilcluney Orange Hall. It was organised at Cliff College,
by Valerie Thom, Armagh diocesan evangelist, in Derbyshire. They
association with the marching band community and the were awarded
Zacchaeus outreach project. Pictured are (from left): Aurora Certificates
Rev Nigel Reid, Ivan Walker, Valerie Thom, Cyril Walker, in youth work.
and Canon Neville Hughes. (Photo: Jonathan Hull)

The rector of Faughanvale, Canon Paul Hoey (centre),


Remembrance day civic and ecumenical service, held last presents Bishop Ken and Mary Good with a copy of
year at St Iberius church, Wexford. The guest preacher Just for Today, an “inspirational book” produced to
at the service was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ferns, raise funds for ‘St Canice’s hall flood renovation fund’.
Most Rev Denis Brennan.  (Photo: Paul McFadden)

Goodies for sale at


Holywood parish
talent fair, which
was part of their
‘Down to earth’
initiative. At Harvest,
parishioners took
away £10 notes and
were encouraged
to make them grow.
The fair offered an
opportunity to sell
handmade wares,
and monies raised
went to parish funds
and to two overseas
Original art at Holywood parish’s talent fair that took
projects. (Photo:
place last November. Pictured is Debbie Adair with
Annette McGrath)
her own creations. (Photo: Annette McGrath)

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Students from Powerscourt national school in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, who won a Science video competition last
December, pictured at the 21st Galway Science and Technology Festival exhibition in National University of Ireland,
Galway, with teacher Rachael Kinkead, Science Foundation Ireland senior executive Laurie Ryan and ReelLIFE
SCIENCE director, Dr Enda O’Connell. (Photo: Andrew Downes)

The Bishop of Clogher, Rt Rev John McDowell


with Archbishop Ben Kwashi from the Province of
HM Lord Lt for the city of Londonderry, Dr Angela Jos in Nigeria, and Canon Henry Blair, rector of
Garvey, and Kathleen Finlay survey the exhibits at Magheraculmoney parish, near Kesh. Archbishop Ben
Derry & Raphoe Mothers’ Union’s ‘Souls of our shoes’ was in Clogher Diocese recently, when he was invited to
exhibition, which highlights the issue of domestic speak at a Gospel Mission in Magheraculmoney parish.
violence. (Photo: Paul McFadden) (Photo: Brian Donaldson)

Last November, Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh Diocese held


a vigil for the ‘16 Days of activism against gender based
violence. Pictured (from left) are: Mo Reynolds, Womens’
Link, Longford; Mairead McGuinness MEP; Canon
David Catterall; Martlet Hunter, social policy rep; Hazel
Infographic presenting some of the key findings of the Speares, diocesan president; Diane Steward, Longford
diocesan consultation conducted in 2018 by Church Mothers’ Union; and Mary Geelan, faith and policy
Army, in the Dioceses of Meath & Kildare. coordinator. (Photo: Jennifer Horner)

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DIOCESAN PHOTOS

CHURCH OF IRELAND IN PICTURES

Margaret Gorman, Canon John Clarke and Bishop Pat Christ Church cathedral choir, Dublin, singing during the
Storey at the launch of the book, A history of St Mary’s Advent procession, which took place last December on
church, Navan, in 2018. the first Sunday of Advent. (Photo: Lynn Glanville)

More than 70 clergy, along with Connor staff and members of the diocesan development team, attended Connor
clergy conference at Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan, last November. The speakers were Dr George Lings,
Church Army, and Dr Janet Unsworth from Edgehill College, Belfast.

Jack Johnston and


Gordon McLaren,
from Clogher
cathedral group of
parishes, admire
the portrait of the
present Bishop of
Clogher, Rt Rev
John McDowell.
It was painted
by artist Stephen
Johnston from
Lisburn and
Broadcaster Helen Mark addresses people at
recently unveiled
St Columb’s cathedral, Londonderry, at historian Ken
in St Macartan’s
McCormack’s commemorative lecture, ‘The life and
cathedral,
times of the Earl Bishop’, marking the arrival and
Clogher. (Photo:
enthronement as Bishop of Derry of Frederick Augustus
Brian Donaldson)
Hervey, 250 years ago. (Photo: Paul McFadden)

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HOME NEWS

DISCOVERING LIGHT IN
A DIFFICULT SITUATION
On 31st October 2018, the responded to our situation with
parishioners of St Catherine’s solidarity and love. Our spirits have
church, Tullamore, were shocked been raised and our confidence
to discover that many windows in restored by the generosity and
their church had been vandalised. compassion of people.”
A total of 120 panes of glass were Many expressions of support and
broken and there were shards practical help came from all parts
of glass strewn everywhere. It of the community in Tullamore, and
was very distressing for church beyond. All sorts of fundraising
members to see a sacred space events took place last year, with
wrecked in such a manner. others planned for 2019 - including
The support from the wider a spring auction. The parish have
community was remarkable, as also set up a GoFundMe page
detail of the vandalism became https://ie.gofundme.com/st-
known. A spokesperson for the catherines-church-repair-appeal
parish said, “The wider community,
both locally and nationally,
JUST FOR FUN

DEREK ALPHADOKU
THE CLERIC The new rector arrived in the parish and found he
had six churches to look after. However, he happily
found that each church contained a working audio
system [A], each church had a large print modern
Bible [B], each church had a choir [C], each church
had its own diocesan reader [D] and each church
had a beautifully embroidered holy table cover [E];
but most importantly, each church had a friendly
faithful flock of parishioners [F].
Complete the grid so that every row, each
column, and each two by three box contains every
letter from A to F.

A F B
A

B C D F
D C
E B
©Adrian Hilliard 2018
©Andy Robb (used with permission) The solution to this Alphadoku will be published
www.thebestofderekthecleric.wordpress.com in the Gazette’s February edition.

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COOKBOOK

FOOD FOR THE SOLE


AN EXTRACT FROM MEATH & KILDARE RECIPE BOOK
For more information, visit www.meathandkildare.org

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REVIEWS

APP REVIEW
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
The Bible in One Year (BIOY) is, as own personal notes or highlight
its name suggests, an app created parts of the text - this would be
to help people go through the Bible helpful. However, it does keep a
in one year! It is therefore a reading record of what you have read, which
plan rather than just a Bible app. is both helpful and challenges one
The BIOY free app provides to keep going!
audio and written Bible readings for Suchet reads the Scriptures. Each day a theme is selected from
each day alongside a commentary The app is updated daily and you the Scripture selections for that day,
to each of the readings. The are given options to read, listen and Nicky Gumbel regularly ties that
commentary is from Nicky and or read along to the audio. The to the season. The commentaries
Pippa Gumbel - Rev Nicky Gumbel Bible readings are from the New do vary a little from year to year,
is the vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton although some of the stories you
International Version (NIV) and
(HTB) church in London and pioneer may have heard from Alpha or from
occasionally The Message is also
of the Alpha course. previous years. This is a great app,
Each day you will receive a used during the commentary. The which encourages one to read the
Psalm or Proverbs reading, a audio commentary can be streamed Bible and to live out what it says.
New Testament reading and or downloaded, so you can listen The BIOY app can be found at
an Old Testament reading. The offline or on the go. https://www.bibleinoneyear.org and
commentary is available in text and Unfortunately, the app does not is available on Android and Apple.
audio. Furthermore, actor David have provision for you to make your Catherine Simpson

BOOK REVIEW
A BETTER KIND OF INTIMACY experience. someone who is.
Author: Jack Skett Throughout the The book is an
Publisher: Instant Apostle chapters, there is an engaging read, each
appeal to discuss chapter ending with
Any book that opens up the issue these topics that are questions that could
of pornography is welcome on sometimes avoided in be used for individual
our bookshelves. For too long, Christian settings. A reflection, small
this issue has been treated with closer look leaves us in group discussion or
shame and guilt. Only a handful no doubt that culture in an accountability
of brave individuals have dared has become increasingly relationship. A number of
to share their story and be honest open and, at times, chapters offer practical
- personally, I am not sure that explicit about such tips and advice to
we, as Church, have handled their issues. reduce accessibility to
confession very well. As Christians, if we are pornography, which would
As this book states, pornography not talking, teaching and sharing be particularly helpful for parents.
has become much more prevalent about it, then there is a vacuum - I would have appreciated if there
with the advancement of perhaps adding to feelings of guilt, was a scientific explanation of the
technology, which has brought shame and curiosity. I welcomed addictive pattern, as this is fast
affordable, anonymous and constant Skett’s unpacking of God’s model for becoming accepted as not purely a
access to extreme material. This has intimacy: his plan for sex. So often moral issue but one impacting our
caused concern particularly, but not we are known as Christians for what health and wellbeing with potential
exclusively, for our young people we are against, but this reminds us ramifications for society at large.
and their view of their own identity, of what we can and should be for. A range of further support and
relationships and sex. The importance of creating a culture resources are included, thereby
A Better Kind of Intimacy begins of vulnerability is vital in this area, as offering an opportunity to dig
with the author’s story - one of years we seek to become more effective deeper and engage further.
of addiction to pornography and disciples of Jesus. This book is a positive read and
his experience of being set free. It This is an accessible read for it is sensitively written. It creates a
is a story full of hope and it reminds anyone wanting to understand platform to begin a conversation
us that God can indeed heal us. It pornography addiction. It is also and, above all, it reminds us
assures us that nothing is too big constructive for those who are that nothing is hidden from or
for God, whilst acknowledging that attempting to overcome their impossible for God.
for some this may not be an instant own addiction or support Judith Cairns

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LETTERS

BETHANY HOMES
We read with anguish the many bravely and stoically bore the treatment bishop (even archbishop), cleric
letters that Derek Linster writes to the they experienced in these Homes. or office holding layperson who is
Church of Ireland Gazette relating to Moreover, when the Church of willing to speak up, speak out and
the babies and children who perished Ireland finally decides to clearly support enable the Church of Ireland to
while in the care of the Bethany the memory of the dead babies and acknowledge failure with respect to this
Homes. children, and to actively help the dreadful historic wrongdoing, exhibit
It is a cause of immense shame to survivors whom Derek Linster and the compassion to the memory of these
many of us, who were unaware of this Coalition of Mother and Baby Home
little ones - knowing that a wrong has
situation, to witness the abject failure Survivors represent, then pressure
been righted and that the babies and
of the Church of Ireland to step up needs to be brought to bear on the
children have not been forgotten who
to the mark and shoulder a share of Irish government to acknowledge the
perished in our care in these Homes.
the cost, at the very least, of some existence of the Protestant babies
tangible physical memorial stones to and children at Mount Jerome and Derek Linster must no longer be ‘a
the memory of the babies and children elsewhere - in the same way that the voice crying in the wilderness’. Action
who died in the various Bethany Homes Tuam Angels has brought a response needs to follow.
and elsewhere. Never mind offer an involving millions of Euros for the Ronnie Clark (Canon)
overdue apology and compensation to work involved. Cloughey
the diminishing band of ‘survivors’, who Surely there must be a serving Co Down

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first monthly edition. Ireland. The combined mission and you and sincere best wishes for the
It is a bold step for any editor to alter challenge for the Church is to remain continued success of the Church of
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APPOINTMENTS
CLERGY NEWS

Rev Peter Norman


Canon Brian J.G. O’Rourke Rev Graham Sawyer formerly Vicar of the Winkleigh
Diocesan Curate Lismore/ Vicar of Briarville, Diocese of Group of Parishes, Diocese of
Waterford district, appointed to Blackburn, appointed to be Exeter, appointed Priest-in-
be Rector of the Tullow Group of Rector of the Kilcooley Union of Charge of the Achonry Group of
Parishes, Diocese of Cashel, Ferns Parishes with Fertagh, Diocese of Parishes, Diocese of Tuam, Killala
& Ossory. Cashel, Ferns & Ossory. & Achonry.

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