21.3.2018 | Statements, Public Affairs
With the official announcement today that Pope Francis will visit Ireland in August, Rev. Trevor Gribben, Clerk of the General Assembly and General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church Ireland said that “many Roman Catholic people both south and north of the border will be very excited and encouraged by the news.” He also said that he had no doubt that many others, “of differing theological or even political views, will want to join with our Roman Catholic neighbours in welcoming today’s news.”
“The announcement today that Pope Francis will visit Ireland as part of the Roman Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families in August has been long anticipated,” Mr. Gribben said.
“I am sure that many, many Roman Catholic people both south and north of the border will be very excited and encouraged by the news that the leader of their Church will be coming to Dublin for this significant event. I’ve no doubt that many others, of differing theological or even political views, will want to join with our Roman Catholic neighbours in welcoming today’s news.
“The attendance of Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families will greatly enhance the affirmation of the place of the family at the heart of society, and that is to be welcomed.”
21.3.2017 | Public Affairs, Vision for Society, Congregational Life,
The 2016 General Assembly welcomed and adopted the Vision for Society Statement, which seeks to continue to place peacebuilding firmly at the heart of Christian discipleship and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
At the time, the convener of the Council for Church in Society, Very Rev. Dr. Norman Hamilton said, “This is a symbol of our desire that this statement will both be a stimulus for our engagement with wider society, as well as a powerful symbol that this is a calling of the whole Church to a highly important aspect of Christian and biblical witness.”
The text of the Statement adopted by the General Assembly is as follows:
WE, MEMBERS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IRELAND,
saved by grace
and called by God to grace-filled relationships,
in the power of the Holy Spirit
as ambassadors of Christ’s Kingdom
in a broken and divided world;
BELIEVE that the Good News of Jesus Christ
challenges and equips us
to develop radically new attitudes and relationships
with our neighbours throughout the whole of Ireland.
WE CONFESS our failure
to live as Biblically faithful Christian peacebuilders
and to promote the counter culture of Jesus
in a society where cultures clash.
ACCORDINGLY, WE AFFIRM Christian peacebuilding
to be part of Christian discipleship
and reassert the Church’s calling
to pursue a peaceful and just society in our day
WE SEEK a more reconciled community
at peace with each other,
where friend and foe,
working together for the common good,
can experience healing
and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.