Prof. Salvador Ryan

Bio:

Salvador Ryan is a native of Moneygall, County Offaly. He studied Nua-Ghaeilge and History at NUI Maynooth and Theology at St Patrick’s College Maynooth and St Patrick’s College, Thurles. He completed his doctoral dissertation on ‘Popular religion in Gaelic Ireland, 1445-1645’ at the Department of History, NUI Maynooth, in 2003, and was based in the department as an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow from 2003-05. From 2005-08 he taught Church History at St Patrick’s College, Thurles, and was employed as Academic Coordinator from 2006-08 before returning to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth as Professor of Ecclesiastical History in 2008. In 2011 he was appointed secretary to the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical University in Maynooth. In 2013 he was elected to the Ecclesiastical History Society as an Executive Committee Member for a three-year term. In 2014 he was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of British Catholic History (Cambridge University Press), the journal formerly known as Recusant History. In June 2015 he was appointed joint Review Editor of Irish Theological Quarterly.

Event:

Symposium Friday 9th June

Prof. Tony Lane

Bio:

Tony studied maths and theology at Oxford and Cambridge before joining the faculty of theology in the London School of Theology in 1973. He has remained here since then, apart from a year away spent teaching in Kenya and researching in the USA. He was Course Leader for the School’s BA programme for twelve years before becoming Director of Research from 1996 to 2008. In 2000 he was recognised by Brunel University as Professor of Historical Theology and in 2004 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity by Oxford University. He is an enthusiast for Christian doctrine, and especially its history. His desire is for students to become more aware of the riches of the Christian heritage. He has the ability to express complex doctrinal concepts. This talent is visible in his Concise History of Christian Thought (2006) and The Lion Christian Classics Collection (2004). Most of his scholarly writings have been on Calvin, including his John Calvin: Student of the Church Fathers (1999). He has worked intensively on the doctrine of justification and has published Justification by Faith in Catholic-Protestant Dialogue (2002).

Event:

Symposium Friday 9th June

Claire Devaney

Bio:

Claire Devaney holds qualifications in Theology, Spirituality, Christian Ministry and Catechetic’s at Post Graduate level. She is a registered and qualified Post Primary Teacher in Religious Education. She is committed to working with young people in a pastoral capacity and in a faith based context as is evident from her broad range of experience in youth and children’s ministry in Ireland and in the United States over the past 9 years.
Claire Devaney is the Primary School Coordinator with Scripture in Ireland.
She works in a variety of settings including collaborating with different churches in primary schools and parishes running retreats and faith based transition programmes (It’s Your Move), along with confirmation programmes (Dynamite).

Claire has coordinated the Pentecost Schools project in St Michaels Primary School in Ballyfermot and St Lawrence’s in Chapelizod.

Event:

Pentecost Schools Project Ballyfermot 6th June

Rev Dr Maurice Elliott

Bio:

Since 2008 Maurice has been serving the Church of Ireland as Director/Principal of the Theological Institute in Dublin. Prior to that he worked in parish ministry in Northern Ireland for fifteen years. He is married to Kristen and they have three teenage children. His primary teaching areas are with Homiletics and Leadership. He maintains a number of outside interests both missionally and personally.

Event:

The Gospel in all its Fulness: A re-visiting of the teaching of Mark Rathgar June 6th

Annette MacFarlane

Bio:

Annette is a Pentecostal Minister. She served as Director of Carraig Eden Theological College while lecturing in the field of Biblical Studies. Her main interest of study is biblical interpretation and the books of Corinthians. At present she is pursuing a Masters at the Irish School of Ecumenics. Her passion is people and the development of people to reach their full potential in Christ. When she isn’t glued to a book, she spends her time with her husband Albert and sons Alec and Ben.

Event:

Is the Bible still relevant today? Clondalkin 8th June

Jonny Sommerville

Bio:

Jonny Somerville is a 29-year-old Dublin native who’s worked for more than ten years in Irish schools and churches across denominations. He’s passionate about faith development and giving young adults the opportunity to grapple with their faith. Jonny’s experiences have shown him that young adults often struggle to discuss their doubts. For this reason, Jonny has recently developed NUA, an 8 part film series that encourages questions, acknowledges doubt, and offers an engaging perspective on the Christian faith. (nuafilmseries.ie)

Events:

“What would Jesus Tweet … ?   The Gospel in 140 Characters” Clondalkin June 6th

“What would Jesus Tweet … ?   The Gospel in 140 Characters” Rathgar 8th June

Eric Hughes

Bio:

Eric Hughes Served as the youth worker for Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church for five years, and since November 2016 has been employed by Scripture Union Ireland as their Youth & Community ministry leader. Prior to that, he has spent over 10 years volunteering on an array of camps, missions, and clubs for young people. Eric has a heart to see the youth of Ireland changed by the powerful word of God, he believes that God has great plans to use this new generation to change the world. Eric is 30 years old, he has been married to Kate for five years, and they both welcomed their first child Olivia in 2015. They live and serve in Dublin City.

Event:

When Young People Hear Arklow 8th June

Dr Joan Back

Bio:

Dr Joan Patricia Back is a Roman Catholic member of the Focolare Movement’s Community in Dublin. She has a Doctorate in Theology and is the former co-director of Focolare’s international ecumenical secretariat near Rome. Internationally she is involved in ecumenical formation and lectures on ecumenism. In Ireland she collaborates ecumenically in Dublin and on a national level.

Event:

From Conflict to Communion Arklow 6th June

Jools Hamilton

Bio:

Rev Dr Julian Hamilton (‘Jools’) is the current Methodist Chaplain to Trinity College Dublin; Founder of YouthSpirit (an organization dedicated to creating space alongside ‘the other,’ with the adventure, passion and enthusiasm of youth) and co-founder of The Good Summit (a movement dedicated to the growth of social economy). He travels widely as a preacher, speaker, teacher and facilitator, has authored several books of reflections and meditations for young people. He adores fun dining, and loves nothing better than long walks barefoot on beaches – in climates where you don’t get frostbite during the walk.

Event:

The Bible and your ‘Other.’

Dr Gesa Thiessen

Bio:

Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen M.Phil. (Ecum), PhD is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology at Trinity College, Dublin. She also lectures in theology at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and Sarum College, Salisbury. She has written widely on theology and the arts and on ecumenical ecclesiology. She is a non-stipendiary minister in the Lutheran Church in Ireland.

Event:

Imaging Law and Gospel: Luther, Cranach and the Reformation Lutherhaus 8th June

Pastor Stephen Arras

Bio:

Stephan Arras is Pastor of the Lutheran Church in Ireland since 2015. Before that he was Dean in Germany, responsible for the pastoral work in 25 parishes south of Frankfurt, Germany. He was member of the Synod and the theological board of his church. He studied in Mainz, Heidelberg, Jerusalem and Munich. A focus of his work is ecumenism and the dialogue between religions and he is church musician. He lives with his wife Larissa in Dublin.

Events:

Where lives God? Lutherhaus – Tuesday 6th June

 

Archbishop Michael Jackson

Bio:

The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, was born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, on 24 May 1956. He was educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh (1967–1975); Trinity College, Dublin (1979–1982); St. John’s College, Cambridge (1979–1981); The Church of Ireland Theological College, Braemor Park, Dublin (1986); Christ Church, Oxford (1989–1997). Dr Jackson was deaconed in 1986 and ordained a priest in 1987. He served his curacy in Zion Parish, Dublin, and lectured at Trinity College and the Church of Ireland Theological College (now Institute) before taking up the post of College Chaplain at Christ Church College, Oxford, from 1989 to 1997. From 1997 to 2002, he was Incumbent of St Fin Barre’s Union and Dean of Cork. Archbishop Jackson has held many notable positions in the Church of Ireland, including chairmanship of the Church in Society Committee and, currently, chairmanship of the Board for Social Theology. Dr Jackson also plays an active role in the wider Anglican Communion, especially in the areas of ecumenism and inter–faith dialogue. He was elected Bishop of Clogher by the House of Bishops on 21 November 2001 and consecrated on 6 March 2002 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. On 2 February 2011, he was elected Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough and was enthroned in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on 8 May 2011, succeeding the Most Revd Dr John Neill.

Event:

Symposium Friday 9th June