Saturday, 1 October 2016

A note in ‘The Irish Times’ on
the next edition of ‘Search’

Patrick Comerford

I am awaiting the Autumn issue of Search, the Church of Ireland journal, which includes a paper by me on Orthodox spirituality and a book review. The following introduction to the latest edition of Search is published in the ‘Church of Ireland Notes’ in The Irish Times today [1 October 2016]:

Church of Ireland Notes

The autumn issue of the Church of Ireland journal, Search, which is edited by Canon Ginnie Kennerley, will appear next week.

This edition includes no less than ten articles on different styles of spirituality or “approaches to God” as we might call them. “Walking the Labyrinth”, by Lauren Artress of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, encourages readers to join her in discovering the deep rewards of this ancient practice, whether in Chartres or the many locations to which it has spread. Bishop Richard Henderson, always in demand to lead retreats of quiet days, shares his preparations for such an event.

Two contributors offer views on the arts and religion: Anne Thurston explores three Seamus Heaney poems in relation to a Gospel story, and Br Cyprian Love, organist at Glenstal Abbey, offers further food for reflection in “Music as watching for Christ”.

Canon Patrick Comerford writes of his experience of the Orthodox tradition, while from Northern Ireland there are articles related to New Wine and Affirming Catholicism from the Ven David McClay and Canon George Irwin respectively. Dr Eimhin Walshe and Greg Fromholz, from St Patrick’s Cathedral and New Expressions, write about drawing seekers alienated by institutional church life into a transformative experience of worship. The final article, “Centering Prayer” by Carol Casey relates helpfully to the earlier contributions.

The book reviews in this issue will be the last from reviews editor, the Revd Stephen Farrell, who over the past three years has filled the role with distinction. He will be succeeded by Dr Raymond Refausse, formerly of the RCB Library, and books for review may be sent to him c/o RCB Library, Braemor, Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14.

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