Rt Rev Andrew Forster: 'A school friend, Hazel, was ill for a long time, yet, in the midst of her sickness, her faith in God was so real, so radiant'
Rt Rev Andrew Forster is the newly consecrated Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe.
Rt Rev Andrew Forster is the newly consecrated Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe.
Professor Jim Dornan is a former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist with the Belfast trust (1986 to 2012), Professor of Foetal Medicine at Queen's University Belfast (1995 to 2012) and senior vice-president of the Royal College of Gynaecologists (2004 to 2006). He is currently chair of Health and Life Sciences at Ulster University and head of department with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain.
William Odling-Smee is a retired consultant surgeon at the Royal Victoria and Mater hospitals in Belfast and a long-time curate at St George's in High Street. He has been married to Anne for 60 years.
As the Presbyterian Church enters the new year, it continues to faces major challenges in dealing with the same-sex issues which have brought it so many bad headlines since June 2018, when the General Assembly voted to exclude same-sex couples from communion and baptising their children.
Rev Dr Heather Morris was appointed the first female president of the Methodist Church in Ireland in 2013. She is currently secretary of the Methodist Church.
Church leaders have urged people in Northern Ireland to rekindle relationships, and to seek the joy, renewal and inspiration of the festive season.
In 1967, three years after I joined this newspaper as a young reporter straight from Queen's University, I spent more than two weeks travelling across the USA from coast to coast by Greyhound bus. It was a remarkable offer of "99 Days for 99 Dollars" and I enjoyed every moment, or most of it, traversing the plains of the mid-west and eventually arriving at San Francisco to stay with an old Queen's friend, Andy Duffin, from Belfast.
Rev Tony Davidson is minister of First Armagh Presbyterian Church. He also served for two years as the president of the Irish Council of Churches. He is married to Christine and the couple have three grown-up children, Mark, Gemma and Ruth.
Steven Smyrl is a Dublin-based genealogy expert and a former elder in Sandymount United Presbyterian and Methodist congregation. He was removed from his role as elder because of his same-sex marriage.
Rt Rev Dr William Henry is Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI). He is married to Nora, a chemistry teacher, and the couple have three children, Bethany (21), Megan (18) and Connor (15).
Peter Quigley is a former Baptist youth officer, who has held leadership roles with a number of Northern Ireland's key charities, including Age Concern, the Northern Ireland Hospice, Action Cancer and the East Belfast Mission. He has been married to Beryl for almost 25 years.
Keith Getty, from Lisburn, is a hymn-writer. He is married to his hymn-writing partner, Kristyn Getty, and the couple have four daughters: Eliza, Charlotte, Grace and Tahlia. They divide their time between Portstewart and Nashville, Tennessee.
Jesus says to us in the passage of St Luke's Gospel that will be read in many churches this weekend: "Take care not to be deceived."
The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Sam is married to Linda and they have three children, Mark, Richard and Jeni, and two grandchildren, Edde and Lucas.
Like me, I'm pretty sure that you will be utterly fed up with all the media coverage and discussion of Brexit. Every day without fail we have to listen to so much talk about Brexit that, regardless of your political convictions, you're probably beginning to go crazy with it all. Someone told me that a news channel has been developed in which Brexit is not to be mentioned - a Brexit-free zone.
He will forever be recognised as Poirot, Agatha Christie's iconic Belgian detective, whom he played for 25 years. Yet, this year David Suchet is celebrating a career that has spanned 50 years, from Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, Edward Teller to Doctor Who, Decline And Fall and the recent TV series Press, co-starring Ben Chaplin.
Rev Alex Wimberly is the recently appointed leader of the Corrymeela Community in Ballycastle.
The Apostles' Creed is one of the best shorthand summaries of the Christian faith. Its concise narrative form presents the main contours and essential features of God's good news with a central emphasis on Jesus Christ.
Rev Dr Harold Good is a former President of the Methodist Church. In 2005, along with Fr Alec Reid, from Clonard, he oversaw the decommissioning of paramilitary arms. He was appointed OBE in 1986 and given the World Methodist Peace Award in 2007.
Rt Rev Harold Miller (69) retires on September 30 after 22 years as Bishop of Down and Dromore
Many in my generation and older were brought up on a diet of films about the Wild West.
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Marcialene Holcomb is a Texas-born artist whose exhibition An American in Bangor and Beyond is on show at the North Down Museum in Bangor Castle until August 30. She was formerly a professional architect in the US but now lives in Bangor. She is the first reader in the Christian Science Church in Belfast.
A man asked Our Lord a question, "Sir, will only a few be saved?", and the Lord answered, "Strive to enter by the narrow gate because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed (see Luke 13:23-24)."
Professor Sir Desmond Rea was inaugural chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board and is also a former chair of the Local Government Staff Commission and the Labour Relations Agency.
The decision to set up a nine-hole crazy golf course along the nave of the ancient Rochester Cathedral is regarded by many Christians and non-Christians alike as yet another depressing example of crazy theology, as the dwindling Church of England tries desperately to bring in new members in an age of increasing secularism.
The archdeacon of Derry, the Venerable Robert Miller (48), is married to Alison and they have three children — Rachel (20), Laura (18) and Peter (13). His twin brother, Paul, is a psychiatrist and visiting professor at Ulster University’s Magee campus in Londonderry. Ven Miller is also rector of Christ Church Londonderry, Culmore, Muff and St Peter’s.
Karen Bushby is the newly appointed editor of the Church of Ireland Gazette and is also diocesan communications officer for the Church of Ireland Diocese of Connor. She is married to Matthew and the couple have three children, Aaron, Victoria and Ruby.
June Butler was recently elected all-Ireland president of the Mothers' Union. Before that, she was, for nine years, assistant chief electoral officer for Northern Ireland. She was married to Kevin for almost 40 years until his death in 2017.
Rev Chris Hudson is minister of All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church in Belfast. He was installed as Moderator of the General Synod of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church on June 11. He is married to Dr Isabella Evangelisti, an art historian.
The Very Rev Dr Norman Hamilton is a former Presbyterian Moderator, who stepped down at last week's General Assembly from the position of Convenor of the Church's Council for Public Affairs
They say that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church" - a phrase that was particularly true of the early followers of Jesus.
Dr Joe McKee is a well-known Church organist, BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster and former fire-fighter.
Next week's Presbyterian General Assembly will face important issues arising from Queen's University's recent decision to cut links with Union College, creating a possible shortfall of £250,000 by 2022 if no new income is found.
Rev Mervyn Gibson (61) served in the RUC for 18 years and has been minister of Westbourne Presbyterian Community Church in east Belfast for the past 19. He is a lifelong member of the Orange Order and is currently Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Ireland.
The Rev Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick (62) was appointed Professor of Church History at Union Theological College in Belfast in 1996. He taught within the Institute of Theology at Queen's University, which recently announced that it is severing its links with the college.
St Anne's Cathedral, with its long history at the heart of Belfast and its proud record in recent years of inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, is a fitting choice for the funeral of Lyra McKee.
The devastating fire which has torn apart the historic Notre Dame Cathedral will horrify all people of faith around the world, as well as the French nation and the Catholics in Paris who worship regularly at this icon of European Christianity.
Brian Kissock was born in Bangor and educated at Bangor Grammar School. He played golf from an early age and later won the North of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship twice and played many times for Ulster and Ireland.
Rev Earl Storey (60) was brought up in Enniskillen, where his parents, Jack and Ena, both now deceased, ran a grocery and building supplies business. He was educated in Northern Ireland and at the University of Kent.
The Rev Dr Elizabeth Hughes (66), who has retired as minister of Whitehouse Presbyterian Church in Newtownabbey, is living back in Portadown where she spent part of her childhood and teenage years. Born in Dunfermline, she spent her early years in Norfolk and Suffolk. Her husband, Brian, is also a retired Presbyterian minister. They have two grown-up daughters, Sarah and Bethan.
Denis Bradley (73) was born in Co Donegal. He was educated at St Columb's College in Londonderry, followed by six years at the Irish College in Rome. He served as a priest in the Bogside in Derry from 1970 to 1980. After leaving the priesthood, he worked as a counsellor, establishing two shelters and treatment centres for alcohol and drug addiction in the city. He is now married, with three grown-up children.
Michael Beattie (66) has worked for almost 50 years as a journalist, and for 40 years he has been making current affairs programmes and documentaries.
The Rt Rev Ken Good (66) grew up in Cork and went to school at Midleton College.
Owen Crane (41) grew up in Newick, a village in East Sussex he describes as being "a bit like the setting for the Vicar of Dibley - it's a beautiful place and I loved living there".
Rosamond Bennett is married to Karl, a part-time primary school teacher and a musician. They have three children, Louis (18), Judy (17) and 13-year-old Reuben and live in Whitehead. Rosamond, who turned 50 this year but jokes she prefers 42, became CEO of Christian Aid Ireland earlier this year after 22 years in the corporate world. She is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.
Richard Clarke (69) was born in Dublin and ordained as a curate, working in Holywood, Co Down, in 1975.
Once again the Presbyterian Church has been making the headlines as the suspension of one of its eminent academics from his duties at Union Theological College continues.
The vast majority of reasonable people will rejoice that the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Ashers in the controversial 'gay cake' issue. The case arose after the bakery declined to ice a slogan supporting same-sex marriage on a cake ordered by Gareth Lee, a member of the LGBT community.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand where religion and politics begin and end here. This week, we've have a good example of the depressing connection between the two.
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