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Statement by East Belfast Church Leaders

12th February 2019

The events of the past 3 weeks have highlighted the violence, intimidation, and criminality that still persist in East Belfast, much of it associated with paramilitary groups.  As pastors and ministers passionately concerned for the people of this community and city we want to express our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of Ian Ogle.

Church Leaders’ New Year Statement

One of the major themes of the Christmas season is the message of the coming of Light into the darkness of our world. As John says in his Gospel, speaking of the Lord Jesus, “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” (John 1:9)  

During 2018, a number of important milestones were remembered which brought new hope of a brighter future, such as the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, but others, brought into sharp focus the pain, suffering and darkness of our troubled past.  Most recently, it reappeared with the brutal murder of a father waiting to collect his 13 year old son outside a school in West Belfast.
 

Flourish Training Day at NICVA in Belfast – Tuesday 26th February 2019.

Flourish! is a suicide-prevention initiative organised in partnership between Lighthouse Ireland and clergy from Churches throughout Northern Ireland.

The project has the backing of Ireland’s four main Church leaders and is supported by the Public Health Agency.

The next training day will take place on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at NICVA, (61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB) from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Brexit: Church leaders’ joint statement

The leaders of the main churches in Ireland have issued the following joint statement in relation to Brexit.
 
As the final stages of the initial part of the negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union draw to a close, we as Church Leaders here on the island of Ireland are inspired by the challenge of Jesus to love our neighbour.
 

When Michael D Higgins is Installed as President of Ireland on Sunday 11th November, the Methodist Church in Ireland will be represented by its ex President, the Rev. Dr. Laurence Graham.  This is because the current President, the Rev. Billy Davison, along with other Church leaders, will be attending a national celebration in St.Ann's Cathedral Belfast to mark the ending of the First World War.
 
The Rev. Dr. Graham, as Superintendent of the Dublin Central Mission, had the honour of receiving President
Higgins on his visit to the Mission in December 2017.
 
 

Click here to access all the resources you need for Home Mission Sunday 2018 - 18th of November 

MEET Ghana 2019 short-term visit with World Mission Partnership

25 October 2018

Church leaders meet Tánaiste 

Following their meeting with Northern Ireland’s political parties at the end of September and with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP earlier this month, the leaders of the main Churches in Ireland met the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney TD today (25 October) at Iveagh House, Dublin.

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