Autumn Edition now out!
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Autumn SEARCH Journal – much food for thought
THOUGHTS from different constituencies on the “Reality Check” on sexuality issues, urged for church leadership following the marriage referendum result in May, feature in the autumn issue of SEARCH, which is out now!!!. The sense behind Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s call for the “reality check” was that his Church, like all the major churches, had failed to keep in touch with society in general, with scientific research, and with young people. He clarified later that, “A reality check is nothing more than discerning the facts in all their complexity and then facing the facts and evaluating how to address the facts in a culture that is ever changing.”
So SEARCH’s compendium of short answers to the question, – “What do you consider the most important items for the “reality check” on sexuality issues?” – features a variety of individuals from different spheres. Among them are a psychologist, an ecumenical ethicist, a feminist theologian, a university chaplain, a TCD undergraduate, a cleric from the Porvoo communion, and Bishop Kenneth Kearon, who was invited on account of his experience as Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. All are offered simply as food for thought.
This issue also contains reflections on the 50th anniversary of the Corrymeela Community by its leader Padraig O Tuama, on the migrant crisis by Gordon Linney, and on the centrality of the Bible by Prof Paul Ballard. Full colour pictures accompany Gesa Thiessen’s thoughts on Theology and the Arts, and the edition continues with thoughts on the apocalyptic threat of climate change by Noel Coghlan, on 19th century plans for integrated primary schooling by Eoin de Bhaldraithe, and on Advent preaching from Luke by Janet Unsworth. There are also book reviews by an impressive team of senior clergy.
Colour pictures are on offer once again in this issue of SEARCH – this time to illustrate Dr Gesa Thiessen’s reflections on art as theology. The Church’s emphasis on words is too exclusive, she contends. Sometimes the visual image speaks more strongly to our spirit.