When SEARCH was launched in the late 1970s Archbishop Simms saw it as “a forum for discussion and honest enquiry” for the Church of Ireland that would “foster a better understanding in the face of spiritual problems and human perplexities”.

40 years later, our vision remains the same.

SEARCH offers a space for careful thinking and re-thinking in response to the Gospel and the concerns of today. Hence our new motto: “Thinking and Believing Today.”

Both the wisdom of experience and the challenge of new voices are needed. Honest enquiry requires both scholarship and fresh approaches. We hope you will always find these in our pages.


SEARCH has long been a valuable resource within the Church of Ireland, covering theological, biblical and social issues facing our faith today.  It has been supported by many of our best theologians throughout its long history, and I am convinced it will continue to provide a valuable format to aid discussion, and engender understanding of many issues that continue to confront our faith.

I am delighted to support Canon Ginnie Kennerley as the editor of the re-designed publication, and look forward to the many articles that will challenge our understanding of our faith, allowing us to share our views in a constructive and supportive environment.  I recommend this publication to anyone both within the Church of Ireland or not, and hope that we will be blessed by its many contributors.

+Richard Armagh




SEARCH – A Church of Ireland Journal, first saw the light in 1978 as the successor to New Divinity and Resources.  The brainchild of Archbishop of Dublin George Otto Simms, its editors have included the late Miss Elizabeth Ferrar, Bishop Michael Burrows, and the V Revd Stephen R. White. The present editor, Canon Dr Virginia Kennerley, has been in place since 2004.

While originally the Journal was printed just twice each year, the decision to hold occasional Colloquiums on controversial issues enabled editors to produce three annually. Recent colloquiums have included: “Developing Ministry: what is the Spirit saying to the Church” (2019), “Ecclesia Semper Reformanda” (2017), “Re-ordering Liturgical Space” (2015), “Remembering Vatican II: Some Anglican Perspectives” (2013), “Euthanasia and End of Life Issues” (2009), “Islamic-Christian Relations” (2006) and “War and Morality: the Church and Foreign Policy in the Present[Iraq] Crisis” (2003). Special one-subject issues have also appeared on “Mission 1910 – 2010 and Onward” (2010), “Education” (2006), “15 Years of Women’s Priesthood” (2005) and “Sexuality Issues in the Anglican Communion”. (2004).

The Association for Promoting Christian Knowledge (APCK) is the publisher of SEARCH and the editorial team is grateful for its support.