President's Blog

And here is the second one.

On Wednesday (28 May) and Thursday (29 May) a group from Home Missions and the Church Development Board visited ChristChurch in a Limerick, the Surf Project at Spanish Point and the Cork South and Kerry circuit. All experiencing exciting developments.

A couple of stories from last week.

Visited Belfast Islamic Centre on 30 May. Good, grace-filled conversation about similarities and differences. Theological difference does not mean that we cannot build relationships. The folk at the Centre also disagree with the way in which Meriam has been treated and have spoken out on this. Let's simply be kind and be good neighbours

"Jesus replied: "Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it: "Love your neighbour as yourself." All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" Matthew 22: 37-40

Flower Festival Brookeborough

Wonderful few days! On Friday 23 May we were at the Opening of a Flower Festival in Brookborough, part of that congregation's celebration of their 175th anniversary.

On Saturday we celebrated in Waterford as the church was re- dedicated after significant re- furbishment. This work is a sign of that congregation's commitment to the city and to being a blessing in that city, it's very exciting ...Sunday was fantastic too...I will tell you about that later.

On Thursday night I was asked on Twitter if the Methodist Church had made any statement in the light of remarks made by Pastor McConnell. We had made a brief statement in response to a question from the Nolan Show and I promised to post it.  The statement is as follows:

"While The Methodist Church in Ireland along with other Christian churches would appeal for the removal of the death penalty on the young woman in Sudan who converted from Islam to Christianity, it would nevertheless never seek to denigrate or demonise all Muslims or their faith."

I am very grateful to Anita Gracie for this wonderful "wet feet" story:

I was sad  to hear the news of the fire at Whiteabbey Methodist. The Church is not the building, but buildings hold meaning and that building is well used in the life of its community. So this happening is very tough for the Methodist people in Whiteabbey and a lot of hard work lies ahead.

It was great to be at the University of Ulster, Belfast campus yesterday evening for the Chaplaincy lecture. The influence of the ecumenical chaplaincy team is clearly valued as an integral part of the life of the University

Mission Volunteers

With the wonderful Volunteers In Mission team who are working very hard at Forthspring. The television in the background was donated through fund raising by young people from Burnt Hills United Methodist Church