The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland notes with some concerns the judgement of the Court in the case of Gareth Lee v Ashers Bakery Limited.
The Rev. Dr. David Clements, Chair of the Committee said:
We have sympathy with the owners of Ashers Bakery who seek to order their lives and that of their business, in accord with their Christian faith. If they are now compelled by the law to make products that conflict with their Christian conscience this raises important issues for all of our society.
Mary Hood, one of the residents of Kirk House celebrated her 100th birthday last week!
And what a day she had, with visits from her family and some VIP's – including Peter Robinson, First Minister - in the morning followed by a wonderful birthday party with the residents and staff of Kirk House in the afternoon. She even had two birthday cakes!
Mary Hood (known as Min to her friends) was born on VE day 100 years ago and says that she does not smoke or drink alcohol and has always enjoyed a healthy lifestyle.
Amy Anderson, a member of Blackwatertown Methodist Church was announced as the winner of the United Space School Competition by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry at an event at the Armagh Planetarium.
Amy, who attends the Southern Regional College's Armagh campus was selected for an intensive two week placement to the United Space School in Houston.
This year East Belfast Mission’s (EBM) Irish Language project Turas has won the Glór na nGael 'Duais (roinnte) Cholmcille' award for creating links between Scotland and Ireland.
The 2014 national awards ceremony took place in Barberstown Castle on Saturday 25 April 2015.
Turas received the award in recognition of their visit to the Isle of Lewis last year, their continuing efforts to promote the Scottish Gaelic tradition and their very successful 'Slighe na Beatha' Gaelic Psalm singers event that took place in Skainos in February this year. Turas was awarded €1,500.
The Rev John Alderdice, Director of Ministry at Edgehill Theological College, was one of three canons to be installed by Dean Hull at a service of thanksgiving on Thursday 23 April in Down Cathedral. The service marked the reordering and redecoration of the Cathedral, and Mr Alderdice and Brother Eric Loisel from Holy Cross Monastery (Order of St Benedict) were the Cathedral’s first ever ecumenical canons. The third canon to be installed was the Rev Mark Harvey, rector of St Mary’s Ballybeen, as Prebendary of Dunsford.
In June this year 17 students from The Hub, home to the Church of Ireland and Methodist Chaplaincies at Queen’s University, will be heading to Uganda for 2 weeks to support local charities.
The team will be partnering with two local charities – Abaana and Waakisa Ministries. They will be supoorting both projects through a variety of practical and manual tasks such as running children’s clubs, assisting in education work and providing relief work with street children.