Opening Event

Opening Event

Morning Prayer led by Philip and Julie McKinley

Tuesday 2 June 2020 at 10.00am

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Opening Event Presenters:

Philip McKinley

Philip McKinley is an ordinand in the Church of Ireland (Anglican). He is a singer/songwriter and co-founder of the Discovery Gospel Choir (, an intercultural ensemble that reflects the new-found cultural and ethnic diversity of Ireland. He has worked extensively in faith-based reconciliation and social inclusion initiatives for the Irish Council of Churches, as Chaplain in Dublin City University’s Inter Faith Centre and with the Hard Gospel reconciliation project, which emerged from the Drumcree standoff (1995-2000) in Northern Ireland. In 2018 he delivered a TEDx talk, ‘Why every nation needs its own Harp’ (

Julie McKinley

Julie McKinley is the recently appointed Development Officer for the National Bible Society of Ireland, a non-profit organisation which is committed to the translation and publication of biblical texts. Her role involves connecting with local Bible projects which promote biblical literacy, and facilitating group engagement with Scripture at local and national levels. She recently completed her PhD in Jewish- Christian Dialogue, and is inspired by the idea that biblical text can be a meeting place full of possibility, where multiple meanings can be found in sacred words as we engage in them together.