We desire to see the Christian community in Ireland nurture
a radical biblical faith in God, who in Jesus Christ reconciles
the world, restores human relationships and redeems all of
life and creation.
We are committed to develop the knowledge and personal skills
needed among Christians and churches to serve their communities
at critical points of cultural contention, communal conflict
and social change, by becoming a place where they can access
biblical resources and practical support.
We will engage creatively with the change in culture and values
that shape the contemporary context in which the church seeks
to nurture and express biblical faith through its worship
and witness, with a focus on three priority areas:
To develop appropriate theological and practical resources
to enable people to contribute to conflict transformation
To promote a biblical understanding of good relations to
enable churches, individuals and communities to explore
diversity in all its forms and contribute to an inclusive
and respectful society.
To address the relationship between faith and politics,
moral values and public policy, discipleship and national
identity, providing a biblical perspective for debate and
action as the church participates in the public square.
We will establish a range of events and initiatives to be
a catalyst and to serve and resource the church, with a team
of skilled and experienced people committed to four key activities:
We will provide informed, credible and practical comment
and analysis, rooted in biblical reflection and theological
create and facilitate opportunities to learn - through courses,
workshops and events - and produce relevant and accessible
resources and materials.
We will engage with wider society, modelling good practice,
building relationships, developing co-operation, supporting
and encouraging others and working in partnership when appropriate.
We will develop our national and international relationships
with churches and other Christian organisations for mutual
learning in areas of common concern.