‘I handed on to you what I myself received…’ Ecumenical Bible Week 2018
As Ecumenical Bible Week enters its fifth year, the organisers have presented an apt topic for 2018. ‘Handing on Faith – Crisis, Challenge and the Great Commission’ is the theme for EBW 2018 which runs from May 20 to 27.
Ecumenical Bible Week is an exciting and successful venture which includes events around Dublin and surrounding areas. There will be debate, talks, music and lots of participation.
The launch event takes place on Pentecost, Sunday May 20, at 5pm in St Catherine’s Church on Meath Street, Dublin. The focus will be on Pentecost Prayer and the speaker will be Dr Dermot Lane, who is currently Pastor of Balally Parish in Dublin and formerly President of Mater Dei Institute of Education.
Among the other key events during the week will be a symposium which takes place in the Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, on Thursday May 24 from 2pm to 5pm. This will be chaired by Brenda Drumm and John Waters will speak on ‘Taking Us Back to the Father’; Canon Ginnie Kennerley will address the topic ‘The Family Today: Healing and Expansion in Christ’; and Nick Park will speak on the subject ‘Modern Family – Ancient Problems’. Tickets for this event cost €12 and are available from the EBW website at www.bibleweek.ie/online-registration-form-symposium-2018/
Later on May 24 there will be a free panel discussion with audience participation in the Holy Cross Diocesan Centre at 7.30pm. The subject to be discussed is ‘What have we from our personal experience discovered about living and passing on the faith?’ The panel is made up of representatives of a number of churches and traditions including: Archbishop Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh; Bernadette and Patrick Barcoe, a couple from Balinteer in Dublin; and Alan and Diane Morris, a Methodist couple with a heart for mission. The discussion will be chaired by DCU chaplain, Philip McKinley.
The Pentecost Schools Project takes place on Wednesday May 23 at 7.30pm in St Laurence’s Church, Martin’s Row, Chapelizod, Dublin 20. It will be chaired by Claire Devaney and Jane Mellett.
A family closing event takes place on Trinity Sunday, May 27, at 7.30pm. Holden Evening Prayer of Sung Lutheran Vespers with music by Marty Haugen and directed by Ian Callanan will take place in the Lutherhaus on Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. The speaker, the Revd Rob Jones, will address the topic ‘Faith can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards’.
During the week numerous events will take place in various locations. Speakers include: Greg Fromholz on Becoming Restorers of Hope and Trust; Cathy Burke on Bringing the Family to the Table; Alan Breen on Hands of Faith or Hands of Stone?; Jools Hamilton on Handing on more than you have received. Transferring ancient faith in a transforming age; Patricia Carroll on Will Adults have Faith? Rebuilding and Renovation; Jonny Sommerville on Pay it Forward; Frank Brown on Can we Share our Faith without being Annoying?; Donal Harrington on Our Special Way of Talking about God; Eileen Browne on Living in Chaos…Grounded in Stillness – Meeting the God of Hope; and Kieran O’Mahony on Written so You may Believe’ – The role of the Bible in Handing on the Faith Today: Reflections on my Experience.
These events take place in Arklow, Baldoyle, Clondalkin, Clontarf, Greystones, Howth, Mulhuddart, Sandymount and Whitechurch. All are welcome and details of times and locations are available on the EBW website at: www.bibleweek.ie/events/2018-05/