Find out what’s inside our July issue

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There is plenty to read in our July issue, out now in ePaper format and available in print on Friday July 3.

Editorial: Sadness, hope, equality

  • Return to in-house worship; tough times for our cathedrals; taking a stand against racism.


  • ‘Taking the Knee’ for justice, by the Rev Rob Clements, rector of Kilternan Parish, Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough.
  • Our big interview – Ruth Morrow, medical coordinator with Special Olympics Ireland, gives an insight into the organisation and her work.
  • One year on – Helen Long, Belvoir Parish, Down and Dromore Diocese, reflects on her cancer journey.
  • Breathing the air of racism and sectarianism – by the Rev Dr Gary Mason, a Minister in the Methodist Church and Founder and Director of Rethinking Conflict.
  • Diocesan Focus – Dublin and Glendalough, by Lynn Glanville.
  • Church finances – where do we go from here? By the Rev Conor O’Reilly, Assistant Priest for the Wexford and Kilscoran Union of Parishes and Deputy Editor of the Cashel Ferns and Ossory diocesan magazine.
  • Devotional – The way, the truth and the life – by the Rev Catherine Simpson.

Home News:

  • Cycle of Prayer with a difference by the Archdeacon of Raphoe.
  • Funding boost for St Eunan’s (Derry and Raphoe).
  • Cork, Cloyne and Ross moves Diocesan Synod online.
  • Irish words were ‘healing’ – debate over inscription on a gravestone in Coventry, England.
  • Funding boost for charities – Ecclesiastical Insurance’s Movement for Good awards.


  • Change is at the Heart of Church – looking at the vital work of the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal.


  • Domestic abuse aid project – supported by Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.
  • Drive-in church in Ballyholme, Diocese of Down and Dromore.
  • The way ahead for youth ministry.
  • Island life in lockdown – Our cover story – how the Covid-19 lockdown impacted Rathlin Island, off the north Antrim coast.
  • Arts display brings home during crisis – Rathmines Parish, Dublin and Glendalough.
  • Hope Church mobilises for Community – Down and Dromore Diocese.

The Big Question:

  • Which is your favourite holiday destination and why? With Archdeacon Stephen McBride (Connor), Canon Liz Beasley (Limerick and Killaloe) and Rev Nigel Waugh (Dublin and Glendalough).


  • The life of a true hockey legend – Johnny Conn, staff officer with Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade, looks back on the career of Stan de Lacy.
  • Archive of the Month – the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19.
  • Snapshot of life in the bishop’s house – Jonathan A Smyth looks back at the writings of Diana Mary Harftord, a former resident of See House, Kilmore.


  • From digital to discipleship part 2 – by Steve Grasham, Youth Ministry Development Officer, Church of Ireland Youth Department, (Southern Region).


  • Reaching Sunday Schools through lockdown in Connor and Down and Dromore dioceses.

Mothers’ Union:

  • Domestic abuse now ‘pandemic.’
  • Planning for the months ahead.

World News:

  • ‘Black lives matter’ South African primate tells rally.
  • Pain of staff cuts in Washington.
  • Priest shelters 70 after flooding.


  • Voices unite in a Blessing – Philip McKinley reflects on the success of the online Irish Blessing.


  • Book Reviews
  • Liturgical Notes
  • Clergy News
  • Letters