Ecumenical Bible Week 2017

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Ecumenical Bible Week 4th-11th June

“Faith Comes by Hearing the Word of Christ.” (Rom 10:17)

Ecumenical Bible Week 2017 got underway on Sunday evening (June 4). The week long programme of events runs each year from Pentecost to Trinity Sunday and this year there are 23 events with 25 presenters in venues across the Diocese. The theme is ‘Faith comes from hearing the word of Christ’ which honours the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The week was launched in St Finian’s Lutheran Church in Adelaide Road with a service of Sung Lutheran Vespers. The closing event will take place here also on Sunday next, June 11. Pastor Stephan Arras said it was a great honour for their tiny church to host the events and mark the 500 years of Reformation. He added that the theme of Ecumenical Bible Week 2017 got right to the centre of Martin Luther’s theology.

Pastor Arras also led prayers for the people of London and for all people who fear attacks as well as refugees and those who host them.

Ecumenical Bible Week continues this evening with the Pentecost Schools project involving St Michael’s National School in Ballyfermot and St Laurence’s National School in Chapelizod. A symposium, chaired by Archbishop Michael Jackson, takes place on Friday in the Holy Cross Diocesan Centre on Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. The topics are: “The Joint Declaration on Justification: its significance and potential” presented by Prof. Tony Lane and “How should we remember the Reformation?” presented by Prof. Salvador Ryan.

Later on Friday evening, Thinking Allowed, a panel discussion chaired by Philip McKinley, takes place in the Holy Cross Diocesan Centre from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. The discussion will be on the topic “Is the Reformation Over?” and panellists include: the Very Revd William Morton

Church of Ireland, Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral; Pastor Nick Park, Evangelical Alliance, Solid Rock Church; Dr Geraldine Smyth OP, Roman Catholic, Adjunct Associate Professor in Irish School of Ecumenics; the Revd Vanessa Wyse Jackson, Methodist Church.

The closing event in the Lutherhaus takes place on Sunday June 11 from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm and features the BBC 1983 film ‘Martin Luther: Heretic’. The screening will be followed by a reflection and discussion led by Dr Kieran O’Mahony OSA.

In between these core events there will be a myriad of events taking place in local venues in Dublin and Wicklow. The full programme can be found on


Canon Kieran O’Mahony OSA, Gerard Gallagher, Pastor Stephan Arras, Sr Éibhlís NicUaithuas and the Revd Ken Rue at the launch event for EBW 2017