Spring 2016


It was intriguing last November to note that a black man had succeeded
a white woman as Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in the United
States. This had to be a very special individual. And so it proved, when the
Most Revd Michael Curry responded with such grace and confidence to
the humiliation of TEC at the Primates’ meeting in January. We offer two
views of the new PB, one by a TEC priest who is also black, one by a white
woman who worked with him closely in North Carolina.
1916 and the Rising has already been so thoroughly explored in the media that the story of “A Protestant Family in the Citizen Army” by the Late Valerie Jones comes as a remarkable “exclusive”. Warm thanks to her daughter, Dr Heather Jones, for offering this excerpt from her forthcoming publication of Valerie’s research. With the Sexuality Committee’s “Guide to the Conversation” now available, the C of I is called once again to “listen, learn and dialogue” about same-sex relationships between Christians. An interview with the Select Committee’s chairman, Dean John Mann, aims to show us the way ahead. Do male-dominated church structures turn a blind eye to domestic violence – or to put it more crudely to wife-beating? Even by clergy? Some shocking facts have been unearthed by research in Scotland and the USA and underlined by a recent court case. Julia Capps has been relating these to the scene in Ireland. And how careful are we not to jump to predetermined conclusions in our reading of Old Testament narratives? Brad Anderson challenges us with the example of Jacob and Esau, the brother cheated of his birthright. Could Esau be blessed after all, in his own way, not cursed? With the Syrian migrant crisis and ISIS terrorism continuing unabated in 2016, the challenge to learn about core Islamic teaching and to relate to Muslims in our country increases daily. Our thanks to Shayk Umar Al Qadri, one of Dublin’s leading imams, for his consideration of the Prophet Mohammad’s respectful, if conditional, attitude to Christians. Our spring issue closes with an In Retrospect on Archbishop John Ward Armstrong by Dr Michael Kennedy, and with our usual section of Book Reviews. Readers are kindly invited to renew their subscriptions to SEARCH if they have not already done so. Our PAYPAL facility, after some undesirable teething troubles, is now functioning successfully. Please see last pages for relevant forms.


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