But there are deeper questions than these.
An eschatology for today’s world
LIKE MOTHS to a flame, plagues, pandemics and pestilence have long, extravagant religious and theological histories. The book of Exodus meditates on the shock and...
Jacob J. Erickson
CLOSED churches. Locked parochial halls. Silent pulpits. Restricted funeral services. Hospital and care homes no longer on regular clergy visiting lists. Home calls and the...
Parish ministry in the pandemic – with no public worship, visiting or personal contact
TURN THE clock back a couple of months and I’m sure few of us would have predicted the restrictions to everyday life we now face....
The COVID-19 dilemma: how to maintain physical distance without sacrificing pastoral closeness
RELATIONSHIP and presence are at the heart of all pastoral ministry. Many dimensions of God’s grace and care are expressed in physical and embodied ways...
Training for ministry in the Church of Ireland, 1969 – 2019
IN THE CONTEXT of the 150th anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, I contributed an essay on theological training in the Church...
Addressing clergy breakdown: self-care as preventive medicine
FOR A NUMBER of years there has been anxiety in the Church of Ireland about members of the clergy who have fallen victim to stress-...
Towards ‘every member’ ministry
From overlapping C of I and RC parishes in west Co. Dublin, Maria Murphy of St Patrick’s Esker, and Very Revd David Godfrey of Lucan,...