Today’s edition of the Church of Ireland Gazette [14 February 2014] includes the following half-page news report and photograph on page 5:
C. of I./Moravian talks continue
The latest round of official conversations between the Church of Ireland and the Moravian Church was held from 30th-31st January at the Gracehill Moravian congregation’s Cennick Hall in Co. Antrim. Also taking part were representatives from the Moravian Church in England and the United States, the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Church of England. Worship was held in the historic Moravian church nearby.
During discussions, participants explored the two traditions’ understanding of sacramental life, the ordained ministry and Church membership.
A communiqué stated: “We enjoyed the hospitality of the Gracehill congregation and we were introduced to the history of the community in Gracehill. We also shared and enjoyed Eucharistic hospitality. We agreed to report back to the relevant bodies in the Church of Ireland and the Moravian Church. Meanwhile, we continue to work on advancing this process of dialogue.”
Pictured at the C. of I./Moravian talks at Gracehill are (from left): the Revd Dr Callan Slliper (representing the Church of England’s Council for Christian Unity); the Revd Dr Tom Ferguson, Dean of Bexley Hall Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio (Episcopal); the Rt Revd John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher; the Right Revd John McOwat, Bishop of the British Province of the Moravian Church; the Rt Revd Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory; the Revd Sarah Groves, Minister of Gracehill and Provincial Elder of the Moravian Church; Canon Patrick Comerford of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute; Canon Ian Ellis, rector of Newcastle, Co. Down; the Revd Philip Cooper, Ecumenical Officer and Provincial Elder of the Moravian Church; the Revd Paul Holdsworth, Chairman of the Irish District of the Moravian Church; Canon Helene Steed, rector of Clones, Co. Monaghan; and the Rt Revd Graham Rights, Bishop of the Southern Province United States (Moravian).