Passing the Baton

Posted on 20. Jun, 2019 in Charity, Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Places of Conflict, Vocation, Young people

Fr John Skinnader is a Spiritan missionary who has been living and working in the newly formed country of South Sudan since 2012. Before that he lived in Ethiopia, saying there is no comparison in terms of development and that Ethiopia is like living in American compared to South Sudan. South Sudan gained its independence […]

Hearing our Body’s Call

Posted on 20. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music Therapy, Prayer, Spiritual, Vocation

In this second part of our series with Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, she explores how we actually “bully” our bodies.  She points out that we regularly berate our bodies for not being what we think they should be, in a way that we […]

Christian Inclusion for LGBT+ People

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Sexuality

The Vatican recently released a statement looking at gender and sexuality, entitled, “Male and Female, He created them”. This is a view that Rev. Brandan Robertson, author, activist, and pastor, working at the intersections of spirituality and social renewal, feels does not represent the full picture. He believes that LGBT+ people have existed since the beginning of […]

Connecting to the Body Part 1

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Meditation, Spirituality

In this two part series, Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada explores our relationships with our bodies. She feels strongly that the body is central to how we live, move, breathe, question, and uncover passion and voice. She is also a dancer, poet, writer and […]

Coptic Christians in Ireland

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Vocation

Mark Kelada is a member of the Egyptian Coptic Christians who has also just recently graduated with a Phd in medicinal chemistry from Maynooth University. Born in Egypt, he explains that Coptic Christians are ambassadors of Christ. He came to Ireland when he was nine and is now a deacon in the Coptic Church. He […]

Eco Congregation Ireland

Posted on 30. May, 2019 in Ecology, Environment, Faith and Justice

The government recently declared a climate emergency and the Green Party also had a massive bump in the elections. Eco Congregation is an environmental programme which seeks to find the link between the environment and faith and is open to all Christian denominations throughout Ireland and Britain.  It developed through a partnership between the Churches […]

Simplicity of Gospel Message

Posted on 30. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values

What are the Church’s true teachings? Michael Kelly, editor of the Irish Catholic says that the Gospel message is a simple one. Contrary to books such as Dan Browne’s Angels and Daemons or the numerous articles online that look for hidden secrets within the church, Michael says that the message of the Gospel is simple […]

Compassion around Abortion

Posted on 23. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Humane Vitae

It is one year since the abortion referendum. A vote which according to Dr David Thunder, raises questions on compassion. Dr Thunder is a university lecturer and researcher in moral, political, and social philosophy who grew up in Ireland where he studied at UCD. Subsequently, David moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D […]

Communion Consumption

Posted on 16. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Confirmation, First Communion

Communions are taking place all over the country and children everywhere are getting ready for this exciting event. But is consumption around these celebrations of the sacraments getting out of hand? Miriam Gormally spoke with Fr Michael Collins about the amount of money that can be involved and whether there could be a way to […]

Promoting Vocations

Posted on 09. May, 2019 in Church of Ireland, Church Teachings, Community, Education, Vocation

Bishop Michael Burrows chairs the Church of Ireland’s Commission on Ministry, which will be organising a Vocations Sunday across the Church this autumn (15th September).  In this interview with Peter Cheney, he discusses how people sense a call into ordained ministry and the main themes of his committee’s current work as General Synod approaches.  The […]