As you go into intensive talks this week to save the political institutions and our unraveling peace process I want to assure you of my prayers. I will not lie to you. I feel disappointed and a little let down by the current crisis. I have invested a little bit of my time on the peace process and this was not what I had hoped for.
I am aware that not all of you have time for Christianity, the Church or clergy. I also know that some of you do. Whether you do or not I want to ask you to ponder some wisdom from an ancient text. Whatever your view of the Scriptures please reflect on this wisdom, an alternative view of life that might just bring some needed imagination into our current inertia. You might think it naive. I believe it to be prophetically profound and a formula that would guarantee success in the coming talks. Continue reading →
Why men and women are equal to serve in leadership in the Christian Church
This event took place on Tuesday 25 November, 7:30pm
In May 2014 at the Presbyterian Church's General Assembly Trevor launched his book Equal to Rule.
Disagreements over women's ordination or women in church leadership usually bring up two prominent attitudes: on the one hand, a number of people assume that the plain teaching of Scripture prohibits it; on the other hand, for a number of people, it simply feels right and they do not get to grips with biblical teaching. Both parties end up in the same place; reluctant to study the biblical text freshly, objectively, with the willingness to go where it leads. Dr Trevor Morrow has written Equal to Rule in order to show why churches like the Presbyterian Church in Ireland ascribe to full equality for men and women in leadership in the churches on the basis of the teaching of scripture. It is the fruit of years not only of biblical study and preaching, but also of experience in applying the gospel to the lives of women and men in different cultural contexts.
The Very Rev. Dr Trevor W. J. Morrow is the recently retired minister of Lucan Presbyterian Church. In 2000, he became the youngest ever Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and studied Theology at the University of Edinburgh. Carys, his wife, is Welsh. His son, Peter, who is married to an American, is Canadian. His daughter, Ceri, is a Dubliner with an Enniskillen husband.
The BBC’s Fergal Keane recently filed a report from South Africa where he recalls how few people, in the closing days of Apartheid, had much hope for the country, most expecting it to be torn apart by a bloody race war. No one imagined that within a decade, South Africa would be a successful non-racial democracy. Continue reading →