Christianity

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…

Spectrum LGBT+ Christian Fellowship launched in Belfast

Guest post from the Spectrum Belfast Team Christians who are LGBT+ and their families/friends often find themselves unheard, hurt and even excluded. Spectrum is the result of a need in Belfast for a safe place for prayer, worship, study and conversation. We are very excited for the opportunity to build relationships and fellowship with those…

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…

The Great Leveller

I watched a great documentary a few years back called: The Great Leveller. It was an exploration of Death and Life. It focused on the two most studied primates in the world: the Baboon and the Civil Servant. It drew fascinating parallels between the lives of the two: both lived in a hierarchical civil structure,…

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…

Interfaith Calendar 2017

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism, as well as Humanist/Secular dates. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your spiritual tradition…

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…

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…