President's Blog

One of the great joys of Easter is its message of Hope. This is something which Christians around the world instinctively understand.
They know that they are called to live their lives in such a way as to offer a glimpse of this Hope to those around them.
As Christian live in the light of the Resurrection they are challenged to contributes to communities based on respect,dignity, equality, justice and peace.

Today was a very sad day. Driving to take part in funeral service of Adrian Ismay, listening to the radio tell the story of the mayhem and murder unfolding in Brussels. Then at Issi's funeral one could not but think that his death was needless. The to watch the TV screens picture 5 hearses bring a family home to loved ones.

Hopeless yet the bravery of Davitt Walsh, the courage of Issi's family, particularly his wife Sharon and the determination of the people of the battered city of Brussels, encourage us to keep going.

Terrible tragic event in Buncrana tonight, our prayers are with the family and the emergency services

How encouraging to see how the Methodist people, along with other Christians provided a fun place for the people in Killarney celebrating St Patricks day.

What I appreciated was that shared their gift through generosity of tea, coffee, and bouncy castle, but they also were also handing out tracks, singing hymns etc and telling of Jesus love, intentionally.

PEOPLE celebrating ST Patrick

A day meeting and eating with Methodists from Mountmellick, Athy,Carlow and Killkenny.

I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the wife, family and colleagues of prison officer Adrian Ismay. We pray for you.

My first time in Gurteen College, a real Methodist contribution to the rural life of Ireland. Fantastic to hear about the explosion of people coming through the college now. Through day students, nighttime courses and online teaching , hundreds of young people receive quality training.

The facilities are first rate and development is always on the agenda.

Yesterday morning I spent sometime, and ate more food with representatives of the Athlone and Tullamore Congregations.

Struct by their faithfulness in tough times, the importance of welcoming the stranger and their good humour.

Special personal moment in Tullyamore, when Vicky Lumley took me to a picture of the last president to visit them, one a Rev W.I. Hamilton.