COI Gazette – October 2019

October Cover

Editorial

BREXIT – EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT.

Home news

LIFE-SIZE CROSS IS DEDICATED AT DOWN CATHEDRAL

BISHOP ALAN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

DIOCESAN SYNOD –  DANGER OF ‘OBSESSION WITH REGULATIONS – By Brian Donaldson

RESOURCES FOCUS ON HOMELESSNESS

ORPHAN SOCIETY MARKS 175 YEARS

THE INSPIRATION OF ST PATRICK

EVENTS TO MARK 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF DISESTABLISHMENT

WORK UNDERWAY TO REPAIR ROOF AT ST PATRICK’S

HIROSHIMA EXPERIENCE FOR HELENE

HONOUR FOR BELL RINGER CYRIL (95)

COOTEHILL BICENTENARY

DREAM COMES TRUE FOR LARNE PARISH

BISHOP SPEAKS ON OUGHTERARD

NO PLACE FOR HATE CRIME

INSTITUTIONS

‘GATHERED IN’ HARVEST MISSION

CONDOLENCES

LIBRARY TRIBUTE TO LATE BISHOP CAIRD

NEWCASTLE BELLS TO RING AGAIN

CHARLIE CHAPLIN VISITS WATERVILLE

POIGNANT LAST BIBLE WEEK

PARISH NURSING FIRST IN CONNOR

RB AND STANDING COMMITTEE NEWS

ORDINATIONS

FLOOD DAMAGED HALL PLANS DEALT A BLOW

APPOINTMENTS

RETIREMENTS

CHRISTIANS JOIN CLIMATE STRIKE

BABY BASICS NOW IN ARMAGH


Features

BREXIT – A HURDLE TO CROSS By Lord Eames OM

DEAR MR JOHNSON

PLANNING FOR A HARD BREXIT By David Richie

Interview – SAFEST PLACE IS WHERE GOD HAS CALLED YOU – Jenny Smith

Diocean Focus MEATH AND KILDARE DIOCESES: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Environment – OUTDOOR LEARNING!

Environment – CHURCHYARD BIRDS AND BEES

Children – ‘TIME TO READ’ IN SHANKILL, BELFAST

People –  ‘GOD DOES NOT SEE ME AS BROKEN AND NEEDING FIXED’ THE REV AARON MCALISTER SPEAKS INSPIRINGLY ABOUT THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL CHALLENGES OF HIS DISABILITY

The Big Question – HOW DO YOU PICTURE HEAVEN?

MUSIC – CHOIR WHICH JUST LOVES TO HAVE FUN!

MUSIC – BANBRIDGE REMEMBERS HYMN WRITER

MISSION –  A SAFER LIFE FOR SCHOOLGIRLS

MOTHERS UNION –  DELEGATES ATTEND GENERAL MEETING

MOTHERS UNION – CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN CRUMLIN

MOTHERS UNION – PRAYER WALKING!

PEOPLE – HIGHLIGHTS OF 22 YEARS AS BISHOP

MISSION – GLOBAL GUESTS ATTEND IGNITE

SYNOD – TOUCHING LIVES… CHANGING LIVES

HERITAGE – A VISUAL WINDOW TO AN ECCLESIASTICAL WORLD

LITURGICAL NOTES

Mission – A BIG ‘LITTLE’ STORY ABOUT MISSION

Devotional – FACING UNCERTAINTY WITH A HUMBLE, LOVING HEART


 

World News

NEW CENTRE DIRECTOR

VITAL ROLE OF CHURCHES IN PEACE-BUILDING

LEARNING FROM THE PAST IS ESSENTIAL

BISHOPS CALL FOR ACTION ON AMAZON FIRES

BAHAMAS DEVASTATED


Books Reviewed

DIDDY DISCIPLES Author: Sharon Moughtin-Mumby Publisher: SPCK Publishing

FINDING FAVOUR IN THE SIGHT OF GOD: A THEOLOGYOF WISDOMLITERATUREAuthor: Richard P Belcher Jr Publisher: IVP Academic 2018

SELF-SUPPORTING MINISTRY: A PRACTICAL GUIDEAuthor: John Lees Publisher: SPCK Publishing


 

Letter to the Editor

NATURAL FIT BETWEEN FAITH AND ENVIRONMENT

I am a retired civil servant, and in recent times I have become an advocate for wildlife and broader issues of biodiversity, because, as we all know, wildlife is in serious decline as a result of impaired ecological systems.

As a child I sang about ‘All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small…’ and as an adult I thought there was
a natural fit between faith and trying to fix our increasinglydegraded environment that God created for us.

A few searches of main Church websites, however, did not reveal any particular interest in biodiversity or the environment, although I did note that theRepresentative Church Body had partnered up to the All- Ireland Pollinator, which issued a practical and useful guide for faith communities.

I had actually thought that churches would have grasped the opportunity to engage with young people in relation to the huge environmental challenges, even ifonly to sow wildflowers or build‘insect hotels.’

I do hope that there is much more going on than is reflected online.
Victor Allister

Bangor, Co Down