In a previous article for this column, I referred to an initiative by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI), which led to the publication of Considering Grace, a book which explored how Presbyterians responded to the Troubles.
This Tuesday coming, Courage Pentecost will be launched. On each of the 50 days between Easter Monday (April 5) and Pentecost Sunday (May 23), #couragepentecost will share an image and courageous action that can be taken in the face of sectarianism and paramilitary violence.
during the week, I took part in a Zoom call with a number of young Christians from various denominations. These discussions take place on a monthly basis, with the theme of '"Faith in the public square'.
The ninth annual 4 Corners Festival (4cornersfestival.com) ended on Sunday evening past with an event that prayed for the breath of God's imagination to inspire those who took part as they went their separate ways.
During the week, I watched a video of a short address given by Rev Heather Morris, Secretary of the Methodist Church in Ireland. This was part of the series Wednesday Wisdom on the Care 4 Clergy Facebook page.
For some of us who are members of the organising committee of the 4 Corners Festival (4cornersfestival.com) this time of the year gets very busy as we prepare for our annual festival, which this year begins on Sunday, January 31. The festival takes as its motto (as it were) "Bringing Belfast Together."
The big news this week was 'V' Day - vaccination day - and what our Health Minister, Robin Swann, referred to as "the beginning of the end". He described it as a "hugely significant day for Northern Ireland", but added straight away that we, as a population, still need to be very careful and on our guard against Covid-19. This is not the time to be careless about our new routines.
On Thursday coming, October 22, a moment of history will be made in St John's Parish on the Falls Road when we hold our first-ever Harvest Festival. For readers of this section of the newspaper who are very familiar with Harvest Festivals, you may be wondering what is so significant about that.
During the week, I recorded an address for the Corrymeela Community as they gathered online at the beginning of a discernment process. I want to commend the leadership in Corrymeela for taking time to work out where they, as an organisation, should go as they face the future.
The annual Good Relations Week began on Monday past and ends this Monday coming, which is International Day of Peace. There is a dedicated website (www.goodrelationsweek.com) containing, as it says, "a virtual showcase of over 150 online events and digital content that celebrates 30 years of peace-building and cultural diversity."
For my contribution to this week's column on keeping the faith during the pandemic, I want to focus on an issue that is of particular interest to me: clergy wellbeing and how clergy have been coping during these strange and changing times.
In his address at his online installation, the incoming Methodist President, Dr Tom McKnight, commented on the present situation of so-called "lockdown" to say one of the positives of the past few months has been less travel, which has been good for the environment.
When I last wrote for this column two weeks ago, I described the call to Churches throughout the island of Ireland to take part together in a blessing in song for the frontline workers who have been involved in the fight against Covid-19.
There is no scarcity of internet religious content coming from churches of all sizes and shapes. Indeed, at a recent 4 Corners Festival meeting (by the way, we are planning for our ninth festival next year, albeit a possible digital one), one of our committee talked about the "blizzard" of content that is around on social media.
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