Spring 2017

Editorial

Migration this year has become an explosive issue and a major challenge not only to Christians, but to all the communities of the developed world and their governments. Will we step up to the mark or incur judgment as self-protective xenophobes? So SEARCH returns to the challenge in this issue with four articles, led by Dr David Shepherd of TCD, a version of whose autumn lecture for BACI is a major contribution to biblical thinking in this area. To follow, we offer Peter Cheney’s recent experience in Malta, Tiffy Allen’s Places of Sanctuary initiative to help local people help immigrants in Dublin and my own thoughts on the outsider as bearer of God’s blessing.
Migration this year has become an explosive issue and a major challenge not only to Christians, but to all the communities of the developed world and their governments. Will we step up to the mark or incur judgment as self-protective xenophobes? So SEARCH returns to the challenge in this issue with four articles, led by Dr David Shepherd of TCD, a version of whose autumn lecture for BACI is a major contribution to biblical thinking in this area. To follow, we offer Peter Cheney’s recent experience in Malta, Tiffy Allen’s Places of Sanctuary initiative to help local people help immigrants in Dublin and my own thoughts on the outsider as bearer of God’s blessing. The debate on the Eighth Amendment could be considered an even trickier challenge in that conscientious Christians can see the ethical issues either way. Paul Loughlin’s article on the history of the debate on TV leading up to the 1983 referendum illustrates the hardline determination and often emotional presentation of the conservative side and the cautious reasonableness displayed by most Protestant representatives. Bishop Kenneth Kearon, a onetime lecturer in Christian ethics at TCD and more recently secretary general of the Anglican Communion, offers a consideration of the ethical imperatives. Discipleship has become something of a buzz word in recent years and one result has been the ‘Come & C’ project in Dublin and Glendalough, exploring the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission. David Tuohy SJ and Canon Horace McKinley have contributed reflections on the project from the development and reception perspectives respectively. Healthcare chaplaincy has been an evolving field over the past 25 years, requiring specific training and acute sensitivity. Revd. Daniel Nuzum of Cork University Hospital explores its development in partnership with colleagues Revd Anne Skuse and Kathleen Keaney. Finally before the Book Reviews provided by our new reviews editor, Raymond Refaussé, two unexpected bonuses: from Belfast-born Professor David Hempton, Dean of Harvard Divinity School, a re ection on the pluralist calling of Divinity Schools today, and, from church historian Henry A Jefferies of Derry, a thought-provoking exploration of the different ways historians have analysed the very different responses to the Reformation in England and Ireland. This last should prove a tempting foretaste of the SEARCH Colloquium planned for April 22nd on the legacy of the Reformation – Ecclesia Semper Reformanda.

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