Summer 2015

Editorial

We were delighted that the Search "Repitching the Tent" Colloquium on re-thinking liturgical space went so well in April. Our warmest thanks are due not only to those who led it and those who responded but to Dr Margaret Daly-Denton, who master-minded the event.
Canon Richard Giles, the leading exponent in this field, has gained an enthusiastic following in both provinces of the C of I, so in addition to a digest of the Colloquium papers we have been able to include in the following pages two examples of church re-ordering and renewal in the diocese of Down. Richard Giles’ two talks have been condensed into one to allow for the incorporation of relevant pictures into his text; and indeed such illustrations are to be found through all the texts on the Colloquium theme. Pictures speak louder than words on such a subject. The main example of re-ordering on the day was that of St Laserian’s cathedral in Co Carlow, as seen by architect Margaret Quinlan and Dean Tom Gordon, with more general reflections from Bishop Michael Burrows. Additional material from Donaghadee and Down Cathedral adds an encouraging perspective from our northern province. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s 70th anniversary (of his execution in Germany near the close of World War II) fell just two days before the Colloquium, on April 9th. Canon Horace McKinley pays tribute to his inspiring example of prophetic honesty and self-sacrifice and challenges us to continue in his spirit today. Also in this issue, Caroline Farrar contributes an article on Christian hospitality and our seasonal preaching series continues with William Marshall’s “Preaching in the Trinity season.” Finally the issue’s book reviews include a note on the volume marking the 40th anniversary of the Glencree Centre of Reconciliation in Co Wicklow as well as reflections on the recent biography of Abp. Donald Caird by his onetime colleague in Armagh, Abp. Robin Eames O.M. Please note that our treasurer, Michael Denton, still awaits payment of some 2015 (and indeed earlier) subscriptions and we depend on our readers to keep their subscriptions up to date. If in doubt about what is owing please contact Mr. Denton directly.

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