Speakers bring encouragement and challenge to Clergy ConferenceThursday 11 October 2018
No fewer than 8 different speakers brought encouragement and challenge to the Down and Dromore Clergy Conference which has just finished in Donegal town. Also, for the first time, Bishop Harold gave the Bible readings at evening worship in the parish church, preaching from 2 Timothy.
The speakers were Canon Dr Christina Baxter (Church of England), Fr Mark Ephrem (Benedictine Monastery, Rostrevor), Bishop Ken Good (Derry and Raphoe), Bishop Bill Love (Albany), Mr Peter Lynas (Evangelical Alliance), Revd Dr Heather Morris (Methodist), Dr Jasper Rutherford (Christ in Youth) and Presbyterian Moderator, Revd Dr Charles McMullen, who preached at Wednesday morning worship.
The bishop explained: “What our contributors all have in common is a knowledge of the diocese but from the perspective of their own tradition. I’ve asked each of them without any other agenda or instruction, to come as ‘critical friends’, and speak to us candid words of encouragement and words of challenge, hopefully in equal measure.”
Almost 150 leaders, guests and staff were there including a group of 12 from Albany Diocese. The programme included morning and evening worship, with Holy Communion on Wednesday, a healing service, some free time and the the hilarious ‘Big Quiz’.
Thanks to Joe McKee who played the organ in the evenings and Stewart Quinn who led us on guitar at the morning sessions.