Stephen Spillane

I am from Cork and a Member of the Church of Ireland. I attend St Anne's Union, Shandon and represent the parish on the Diocesan Synod of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross as well as on the diocesan Charting a Future with Confidence Council. Stephen is committed to the idea of an Inclusive Church and serves on the committee of Changing Attitude Ireland. He is also a member of Diverse Church.

Census 2016 Results: Large Growth in No Religion, Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism in Ireland

Preliminary Results from the 2016 Census released by the Central Statistics Office last week show that Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism were the fastest growing religion in Ireland between 2011 and 2016 (Chapter 8, Religion (PDF)) Orthodox Christianity, which included Greek, Coptic, Russian and others, grew by 37.5% during the five years. In 2011 there were…

Carbon Fast for Lent

As each year passes we become more and more aware of the effects climate change is having on our world, and how our use of carbon and its products are making things worse. So maybe Lent is the perfect time for us to try and make some changes in our lives to help lower the…

Church of England Synod to debate House of Bishops Report

At the current session of the General Synod of the Church of England, a debate to ‘Take Note’ of the report from the House of Bishops on “Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships” (GS2055). There has been a large backlash against the report from LGBT+ Organisations and their allies in the church with many asking for the…

Church Teachings Are Harming LGB People

Oasis Foundation, the research and policy arm of the Oasis group of charities, this week released a report entitled “In The Name Of Love: The Church, Exclusion And LGB Mental Health Issues“. In the report Church teachings are singled out as cause for negativity in society towards LGB people. While it is recognised the LGB…

5 Ideas on How to Mark the Season of Lent in 2017

If like me you grew up in an Irish Roman Catholic household you probably associate lent with giving up chocolate, crisps and sugar in your tea. While Lent is a period of fasting and prayer for many, for me over the last few years I have been trying to do something different for lent. Last…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is marked between the 18th and 25th of January every year in the Northern Hemisphere (Due to summer Holidays it is marked at different times in the Southern Hemisphere, normally around Pentecost). The dates, the 18th and 25th, are important as they are the Feast Days of St…

Taking stock as Advent approaches

Four years ago I wrote a post about the end of the Church year and the opportunity this gives to reflect before the start of advent, The Last Sunday in the Church Year – A time to take stock?. With tomorrow being the first Sunday of Advent it is yet another opportunity for us to take…

A Life-Giving Response to Young LGBT+ Christians

Revd Sally Hitchiner in Dublin and Belfast – 15th and 22nd October Revd Sally Hitchiner, Anglican chaplain at London’s Brunel University, and lively “gay vicar” well known in Britain for her appearances on BBC Breakfast, will be in Ireland this month to run workshops on “how to offer a helpful pastoral response to LGBT young people”.…

Brandan Robertson’s Nomad Tour comes to Ireland

Brandan Roberston a noted American Evangical Speaker on inclusion within the Church is visiting Ireland as part of his Nomad Book tour between June 16th-20th in association with Changing Attitude Ireland. On his tour Brandon is speaking to churches, colleges, and conferences on the topics of sexuality, spirituality, and social renewal.The Irish leg of the tour…

Muhammad Ali and Islam

On Saturday June 4th the world lost one it’s greatest ever boxers in the shape of Muhammad Ali. Ali was born on January 1942 in Lousiville, Kentucky and named Cassius Clay. He started training as a boxer at the age of 12 and went on to be one of the greatest in the sport. At the…

Jayne Ozanne to Speak in Dublin

The General Synod of the Church of Ireland takes place in Dun Laoghaire from Thurday 12th to Saturday 14th May in the Royal Marine Hotel. To coincide with this Changing Attitudes Ireland has organised a Lunch Time Seminar at 1pm on Friday 13th in the Methodist Church on Northumberland Road. The speaker will be Jayne Ozanne a well…

Church of Ireland to lose a Diocese

The Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures issued a statement this month announcing their proposals that will be put to the General Synod of the Church of Ireland when it meets from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th May, in Dún Laoghaire. The Commission recommends the reduction of the number of Dioceses from the current twelve…

Census 2016 & Religion

Census 2016

Its been 5 years since a Census was last done in Ireland and on April 24th we will be filling out the 45 questions about ourselves and our households to help Government Departments plan for the future. (2017 Edit: Post on Preliminary Results on Census 2016 & Religion) While for many the census is an opportunity…

Anglican Communion Survives, but for how long?

The meeting of the Anglican Communions Primates avoided any major walk out this week and has come to an agreement. Something that many thought a week ago was impossible. According to a statement released yesterday The Episcopal Church is to be suspended from Bodies of the Communion for three years while a task force is also set…

Anglican Communion’s Primates Meeting gets underway

The leaders of the 38 Provinces of the Anglican Communion begin a week-long gathering together today in Canterbury. The Primate’s meeting could be the communion’s last as it could be the end of the Anglican Communion in its current form. This follows Archbishop Welby’s visits to all 38 Provinces following his enthronement and his contact with…