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In a special event to mark the 60th anniversary of the chaplaincy centre at Queen’s, the 2015 Theological Lecture brought together leaders from the four main denominations to discuss the mission of the Church in Northern Ireland in 2015, and particularly the opportunities and obstacles facing it.
Each person shared their thoughts, and this was then followed by an open Q&A discussion around the issues.
The Most. Rev. Richard Clarke is the current Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. His journey has included local ministry all over the island of Ireland. He is known for his commitment to the search for Christian unity, and has also written books including ‘A Whisper of God’, considering Christian witness in today’s world.
Rev Dr Heather Morris made history when she was installed as the first female President of the Methodist Church in Ireland in 2013. Now General Secretary of the Methodist Home Mission, she is responsible for overseeing how the Methodist Church helps congregations “glorify God through worship and witness,” with an emphasis on engaging at a local church and community level.
Fr. Edward McGee is the Diocesan Communications Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Down & Connor, and was welcomed as a last-minute replacement for The Most Rev. Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor. In his role as an experienced spokesperson, Fr. McGee is recognisable to many through local and national media, where he can often be heard offering the church’s response to current affairs.
The Very Rev. Dr Stafford Carson is the Principal of Union Theological College. A former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, he has always been particularly concerned with training ministers and the provision of resources to help churches be more effective in their mission outreach.