(Photograph: Jess Lowe)

The Rev. Billy Davison, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, condemns the brutal murder of Lyra McKee and offers his sympathy to her family and loved ones.

Journalism is so essential to society as it highlights not only stories of interest but also shines a light on
many things of which the general public would otherwise be unaware off.

Methodist Church in Ireland: President’s Easter Message: 

‘Christ Conquers evil and death’ 

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The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland always encourages engagement within our democratic institutions.

In May of this year, voters will be given the opportunity to engage in elections in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, and we urge all with that privilege to use it. 

The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland (Southern Executive) is saddened by the latest attack on the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon, earmarked for Direct Provision accommodation for Asylum Seekers. This is the second attack on the property. There have also been similar attacks in Moville, Co. Donegal and Wicklow town.

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.