President's Blog

Today Rev JohnParkin travels to Yanoun, in the hill country of the West Bank in Israel. He goes for three months as part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, known as EAPPI.

The programme places accompanists at places where the State of Israel Policies may bring Palestinians and Israelis together in tense, sometimes violent situations.

Celebrating their 21st with Trinity Methodist Lisburn. It is wonderful to see how God has equipped this church to reach out to the surrounding area of north Lisburn.

It was appreciated to be invited back to my Primary School , Euston Street. Strange to walk around the corridors and see the classrooms and feel so big. congratulations on reaching 90 - in common with the Queen.

Head teacher Mrs Currie told me there 24% of the school population does not have English as a first language. It makes you wonder about integrated education when shared education is teaching so much about respecting those who are not like us.

The world has lost a great humour on the death Victoria Wood - far to soon.

This is typical of her humorous observations.


I've never understood the point of ecstasy. I think if I wanted to get dehydrated and jump about with a load of people I've never met before I could go to a Methodist barn dance.

Really very interesting day at Trinity today - Trinity Monday, when new fellows, scholars are announced from the steps by the Prost- then to a inspiring service celebrating those awards, where Lord Alderdice preached, to coffee and chat with said Lord and Trinity Chaplains. visit rounded of with a lovely lunch with lecturers and visiting guests from Oriel college Oxford. Good representative day

Lots of encouragement at Rathgar, the Dublin Korean Church and the Dun Laoghaire/Bray

Good to share with colleagues Vanessa, Andrew, Yom Nam Park, and Alan.

Interesting times ahead

With reps from northern Exe of CSR, met with Liz Griffith and Glenn Jordan from Law Centre (NI) we discussed issues such as migration, access to justice, poverty. How does the church "stay on the scene" on such issues. Thanks to Hazel Baird and David Gallagher ( who took the picture) for your input.

Today (3 April) I will represent the Methodist church in Ireland at one of the State events to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. It is a inter faith event to remember the 485 people who died during the Rising, most of whom are buried at Glasnevin Cemetery, where the event is being held.

I will be joined by Charlotte Dougherty who say prayers with other young people to look to the future of Ireland.

Also a memorial wall will be unveiled to remember all who died, alphabetically, without reference to rank or organisation.

Attending the Society of Friends Yearly Meeting. They are really really nice - know their history and very much alive

Yesterday I was a guest at the 100th Graduation/ Passing Out of the PSNI - 49 excellent new constables.

Good quote from Chief Constable George Hamilton to the new police constables "As others run from harms way, you will be running towards it.

Interesting also that all the award winners were female officers.

Continue to keep them safe

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