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ECCLESIA SEMPER REFORMANDA, SEARCH’s Colloquium held in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday April 22nd, marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a vibrant and intellectually absorbing consideration of the need for continuing reform in the Church.

The keynote speaker, Prof Werner Jeanrond, now master of St Benet’s in Oxford, expressed delight at returning to the university which gave him his first lectureship in theology, and impressed the 50-strong gathering with the breadth and depth of his thinking on how “Protestant principle” is needed to combat the danger of idolatry in “Catholic substance”, where this remains unchallenged.  The papers which followed by Prof Alan Ford of Nottingham, Rev Dr Maurice Elliott of CITI, Bishop Kenneth Kearon, and Prof Linda Hogan, were all greatly appreciated, as were the responses to the final two papers by Kate Turner, a former member of the ACC, and Dr Eimhin Walsh of Educate Together.

The papers and responses are now all published in the summer 2017 issue of SEARCH – A Church of Ireland Journal.  Please see CURRENT ISSUE for details.  Subscribers’ copies were mailed on June 15th. Single copies can be ordered from our subscriptions manager, Michael Denton, for €7 plus postage.

Our thanks to Bishop John McDowell and Dr Salters Sterling for chairing the morning and afternoon sessions, to TCD’s C of I Chaplaincy for co-hosting the event and to Ecclesiastical Insurance for sponsorship.

Welcome to our SEARCH home page – and a quick rundown of what we at this Church of Ireland Journal aim to provide: a good mix of church and faith-related articles to stimulate discussion and fresh thinking in Ireland and beyond. The articles from now on will mostly be shorter than before and easier on the eye with our new graphic design. No dumbing-down here, but no space for “waffle” either!  And jargon is banned, because SEARCH is for everybody.

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ECCLESIA SEMPER REFORMANDA was our unanimous decision for the title of SEARCH’s biennial Colloquium this year. In this quincentennial year of the Reformation, focus on the need for continuing reform in the church, rather than reinterpretation of the past, seemed crucial to all on the editorial committee. “The (Reformed) Church always in need of Reform” – the Latin phrase apparently dates back only to the 17th century in the Dutch Reformed Church; but the concept is much older and also much younger – having returned prominently in the thinking of Vatican II.