United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough


22nd April

Search Colloquium 2017 – Ecclesia Semper Reformanda

Professor Werner Jeanrond, known to many Church of Ireland clergy from his lectures in systematic theology and hermeneutics in Trinity College Dublin in the 1980s and early ‘90s, will be the keynote speaker at the Search–TCD Chaplaincy Colloquium Ecclesia Semper Reformanda (The Church – always in need of Reform) on Saturday April 22 from 10am to 4.45pm in the TCD Long Room Hub. Since 2012 Master of St Benet’s Hall at Oxford University, Dr Jeanrond has spent his intervening academic career at the universities of Lund (Sweden) and Glasgow.

His address at the Colloquium will be titled ‘Ecclesia Semper Reformanda in Theological Perspective’.

Further lectures at the Colloquium will be contributed by historian Prof Alan Ford, who specialises in Reformation issues, Canon Maurice Elliott of CITI, Bishop Kenneth Kearon, who as former General Secretary of the Anglican Communion offers a wide contemporary focus, and Professor Linda Hogan, TCD’s vice–provost, who will speak on ‘Setting an agenda for tomorrow’s Church’. Responses to the last two lectures will be offered by Kate Turner and Dr Eimhin Walsh.  Bishop John McDowell will chair the morning session and the final discussion, with Dr Salters Sterling taking the chair the afternoon.

Early registration (£30 / €35 including lunch and refreshments) is advisable through subscriptions@searchjournal.ireland.anglican.org or via PayPal on www.searchjournal.ireland.anglican.org


10am – Setting the Scene: Chair: Bishop John McDowell.

Dr Werner Jeanrond: Ecclesia Semper Reformanda in Theological Perspective.

11am – Coffee

11.30am – Legacy and Vision.  Chair: Bishop John McDowell.

1. Prof. Alan Ford: The Reformation and Reform: reforming impulses and their effect in the Church of Ireland.

2. Dr Maurice Elliott:  The challenges today and tomorrow


1pm – Lunch

2pm – Into all the World.  Chair: Dr Salters Sterling

1.    Bishop Kenneth Kearon: Ecclesia Reformanda – global and local perspectives.

    Response from Kate Turner and short discussion

2.  Prof. Linda Hogan: Shaping an agenda for tomorrow’s Church. 

    Response and discussion:  Dr Eimhin Walsh

3.45pm – Tea

4.15pm – Bishop John McDowell and panel discussion: Pulling the strands together. 

4.45pm – Close