MCI to Reflect on Human Sexuality Issues

The Methodist Church in Ireland’s Faith and Order Committee has assembled a working party to reflect on issues relating to human sexuality. 

The working party includes two representatives from the Irish Methodist Youth and Children’s Department (IMYCD), and Dean John Mann, Chair of the Select Committee on Human Sexuality of the Church of Ireland.

The Working Party has received comprehensive terms of reference. These include:

Secretary of State  Welcomes Faith Leaders' Involvement

Earlier today, the Secretary of State met with the Northern Ireland church leaders and faith representatives to update them on the current talks progress

Following her meeting, Ms Villiers said:

Picture of boats by river for Climate Change letter from faith leaders

The collective sacred texts of all faiths speak of caring for the Earth. We, the undersigned representatives of diverse faiths on the island of Ireland, call for a new dialogue at all levels of society on the threat of climate change to the Earth, our common home, and to our aspirations for a just society.

This week the East Belfast Mission welcomed home the Hosford football team who had travelled out to Amsterdam to take part in the Homeless World Cup.

The team qualified to the top groups for the first time ever! Pictured is player Richard McKay who won the Fair Play trophy after helping his opposing number despite the whistle not being blown.

 Rev. Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland  Archbishop Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh  Archbishop Eamon Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh  Rt. Rev. Dr. Ian McNie, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland  Rev. Dr. Donald Watts, President, Irish Council of Churches

Church leaders in Northern Ireland have expressed their concern at the rising number of people struggling to cope on low incomes and the anxiety that the current political instability brings to the most vulnerable members of society. Following consultation with representatives of faith-based charities, they issued the following statement:

Photo from Christian Aid

Below is a Pastoral Letter regarding the current refugee and migrant situation in Europe from The European Methodist Council.

Statement from the North East District Synod of the Methodist Church in Ireland at their meeting tonight in Mossley, after discussion on the present political crisis. 
Linda McGuffin and the Rev Brian Anderson

Visitors travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and across the Irish Sea to attend the Service of Installation of the new All-Ireland President of Methodist Women in Ireland (MWI), Linda McGuffin. Over the years, as a minister’s wife, Linda has travelled the length and breadth of Ireland herself, serving churches in Portlaoise, West Cork, Belfast and Londonderry, before coming to Darling Street Methodist church, Enniskillen, where today’s installation took place.

A group of young men, who have experienced homelessness, are set to represent Northern Ireland at the 2015 Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam.

Friends and supporters were joined at East Belfast Mission's  Skainos Centre by Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Arder Carson to wish the squad and their dedicated support team well in their bid for World Cup glory.

The President with Ms Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle, founder of the Belfast Buildings Trust, inside Carlisle Memorial.

In August this year, Irish Methodist President, Rev Brian Anderson and Secretary of Conference, Rev Dr John Stephens were invited to view the transformed interior of Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church in North Belfast.