Protestantism

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…

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”.…

US Presbyterian Church Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriages

By Danny Pio Murphy (Follow on Twitter or Facebook) Spirituality Ireland Last night in a momentous move, the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. voted in a gathering of Church elders and ministers in Detroit to allow their clergy to perform same-sex weddings. By a vote of 371 to 238, the leaders of the 1.76 million-member Presbyterian…

An Interfaith Advent

I made it my aim this Advent to worship with members of the four largest Christian denominations here in Ireland (Church of Ireland [First Sunday], Presbyterian Church [Second Sunday], Methodist Church [Third Sunday] and the Catholic Church [Fourth Sunday]) every Sunday of Advent, to show Christian spirit, to show Christian unity, to show what makes us unique and our many similarities during…

An Interfaith Advent, First Sunday

So it’s that time in the Christian calendar again, where Christians begin their period of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. A period that focuses on the constant awareness of the Christian Spirit that Christ is alive and within us. For it’s a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look toward the future while awaiting the Second Coming in joyful hope.