The vision of the
Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland is 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 is concerned for all of life and creation.
We are committed
to the development of both 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. The Centre offers biblical resources and
practical support for the development of biblical faith for
a changing world.
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of the depths
"Out of the
Depths" is a resource from the Centre for Contemporary
Christianity in Ireland designed to help us reflect on the
consequences of the "Troubles". The material offers
an opportunity to consider the legacy of hurt, the need for
healing and the challenge of forgiveness if we are to remember
the past redemptively. The resource provides a series of biblical
reflections helpful to those with a particular experience
of hurt and for the wider community, as we seek healing through
remembering together. The content of this resource will be
of value for both private and shared reflection and can be
used on Thursday, 21st June 2007 as part of "A Day of
Private Reflection," or some other occasion of personal
or community remembering.
"You who have
made me see many troubles and calamities
will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again."
Out of the ordinary
praying in unexpected places
Out of the
ordinary is a devotional resource for use by individuals,
groups and leaders during Lent, Holy Week or at other times.
The booklet and seven
postcards which accompany it, encourages you to go and spend
time in a range of places, both familiar and unfamiliar, and
offers readings and guidance for reflection and prayer there.
By becoming prayerfully
present to God in these ordinary and yet often quite challenging
settings we can discover Gods transformative presence
and connect with the needs of our world in new and meaningful
child is this?
For a child
has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
The season of Advent
is a time of hope, waiting, preparation and promise. This
resource explores these themes through the stories of four
figures each rooted in the prophetic tradition: Malachi, Mary,
Rachel and Simeon and is suitable for both personal reflection
and group study.
What child is this?
and what does his advent mean? This is the long-awaited Christ
whose coming is the ultimate expression of Gods love
for the world. A world which he would turn upside-down.
We often regard the
seven days which follow Palm Sunday as Holy Week. Following
Jesus entry in to Jerusalem, the original Holy Week
saw Jesus led to his death on a cross and climaxed with his
This resource contains
seven readings and reflections from the final chapters of
Lukes gospel, beginning at the end of Luke 19. They
are intended as daily reflections running from Monday to Easter
Sunday, but of course can be used on other occasions.
They highlight the
difficult path that Jesus followed in the week leading up
to his death and resurrection. Undeniably, these singular
events have a profound individual significance Christ
died for our sins. But the concerns of Jesus and the implication
of this story also demand that we look beyond ourselves. As
we journey through Holy Week we are challenged, not only about
how we follow him on this path to new life, but also how we
can bring the new life of Christ to bear in our communities
and the world in which we live.
Studies on the Book of Esther
The book of Esther
is a dramatic tale portraying the seedier side of Persian
court life, in the 4th Century BCE in all its rather murky
glory. The authority of King Ahasuerus is called into question
in a court beset by bitter rivalry, chaos and ancient hatreds.
A royal edict is issued which condemns to death all Jews living
in exile in Persia. What can be done in the face of this threatened
It is decision time
for the Jews close to the king and, in particular, for the
young Queen Esther. It is time to stand up and be counted.
One of the few Bible
books in which God is not overtly mentioned, what has the
Book of Esther to say to us today? How should we engage in
the often morally ambivalent world of politics and power?
How are we, as Christians, called to live in the public square?
This booklet of four
studies is suitable for either personal reflection or group
discussion and is offered as part of the Centre for Contemporary
Christianitys ongoing commitment to providing relevant
and accessible biblical resources.