Posted on 07. Jan, 2021 in Church of Ireland

Christian Unity Week takes place from the 18th to the 25th of January. Pulpits are exchanged and special ecumenical worship services are arranged. In this piece from 2013, Pat Coyle speaks with Gillian Kingston, who was then a lay reader of the Methodist Church in Ireland about her role in Ecumenism and about the importance […]

Remembrance Sunday

Posted on 31. Dec, 2020 in Church of Ireland, Conflict, Death

The former Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Rev Victor Stacey recently died. We listen back to his contribution to Soul Waves from 2014. In this piece we hear him talking about the Armistice between the Allies and the Germans which came into effect and the Great War was over.  It had lasted four […]

Controversy over Wooden Carving

Posted on 21. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Feminism/Women in the Church

“A moment of sheer joy”. This is how the author and theologian Gerry O’Hanlon SJ described the recent Amazon Synod last month (October 2019) hosted in Rome by Pope Francis. The recent Amazon Synod last October, hosted in Rome by Pope Francis was seen as a great moment of hope. It was described by Gerry […]

Shining a light on Animals

Posted on 14. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Saints

Following successful solo exhibitions across Europe, Eve Parnell returns to Germany, with “Sunbeam” a collection offering a series of beautiful, poignant drawings, focusing on animals. Using the great tradition of Fine Art, she gently addresses issues which are having a detrimental impact on our society today. Many of the pictures have an uncanny sense to […]

St Newman’s Conversion

Posted on 24. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Saints

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis, Sunday October 13th at a ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. Born in London in 1801 Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism and in 1851 was invited to Dublin to set up Catholic University […]

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 […]

Reflection on Church leadership

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Vocation

Christian Leadership is different to other types of leadership, so say Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good. It is a leadership that is focused, not merely on personal power, but on bringing about, through prayer and reflection, God’s vision for this world. Due to retire at the end of May, Bishop Good shares the highs […]

Connecting Missions

Posted on 21. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Gospel Values

David Tuohy with AB Michael Jackson David Tuohy SJ is co-author with Maria Feeny of a recently published book on discipleship and the five ‘marks of mission’ within the Anglican communion. The book, Growing in the Image and Likeness of God, is a review of the Discipleship Project involving parishes in the Church of Ireland […]

Caring for our Common Home 2

Posted on 17. Jan, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Climate Change, Community, EcoCongregations, Ecology, Environment, Feminism/Women in the Church

Don Mullan is a best selling author, humanitarian and media producer who has spent his life working to promote justice. He has worked for years in Africa and South America organising famine relief and helping with development projects. His work there led him to see first hand the environmental damage that was causing havoc on […]

A Dickensian Government

Posted on 10. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Homelessness

The Irish government is showing “a Dickensian attitude” to homelessness, charges Peter McVerry SJ in this interview with Pat Coyle. He says they are blaming homeless people themselves for their situation, just as the Victorians blamed the poor for being poor. “The reality,” he adds, “is that homelessness is primarily caused by a failure of […]