Sharan Kelly

Bio:

Sharan Kelly, MBA, BBS, Dip (Community & Enterprise Development) and CEO of Tearfund Ireland since September 2012. Sharan has worked in the NGO sector for over 23 years, 17 of which at CEO level and prior to that senior roles including financial management.

Prior to taking up the post of CEO with Tearfund Ireland, Sharan led the development of ‘the Base’, the flagship project of the EU/NDP URBAN II (socio-economic regeneration) Programme in the Republic of Ireland (2000-2006). A €6million capital build project and multi-disciplinary interventions working with children and young people, as the founding Chief Executive, Sharan held the post for 10 years prior to joining Tearfund Ireland. Prior to this Sharan worked in the social inclusion and community development sector.

Sharan is the current Chair of Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, Chair of EU-CORD Administrative Council, the European Network of Christian Relief and Development NGOs and Chair of Evangelical Alliance Ireland.

Event:

Thinking Allowed: June 13

 

 

Seán Mullan

Bio:

Seán is a Corkman and was a navigator before moving into church ministry for 25 years. In 2009 he moved into social business eventually launching the Third Space project in 2011. He’s married to Ana from Argentina. Their adult children all live in Dublin as do two granddaughters. Seán works leading Third Space and helping leaders working on new faith-based initiatives.

Event:

Opening Event, 10th June, 7A.M.

Rt Hon Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP

Bio:

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has been the MP for Lagan Valley for the last twenty-two years, initially as an Ulster Unionist but subsequently representing the DUP. His Christian faith is very important to him. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and chairs ‘Prayer for Parliament’ which meets regularly for intercessory prayer at Westminster.

Event:

Symposium: June 13

Rev Samuel Mawhinney

Bio:

Sam is the minister in Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church. He endeavours to be faithful in preaching and a committed disciple of Jesus Christ. Married to Karen for 25 yrs and they have three grown up boys. He loves hockey, and is a (long term) Man City supporter.

Event:

Closing Event: June 16

Rev Julian (Jools) Hamilton

Bio:

Jools is an ordained minister within the Methodist Church in Ireland, and a visionary leader with a deep sense of responsibility to live out a call towards the full transformation of human societies. Basic human rights, equality and dignity for all are the pillars of his theological understanding, and his energy has always been directed toward the positive change for a positive world. Jools is a natural team leader, dedicated to collaborative relationships and building strong and effective teams around common goals and objectives. He has been Chaplain to Trinity College Dublin, where is he appreciates a high standing amongst both students and staff.

He trained as a teacher of History and Religion, continued his studies in Belfast to complete a Masters of Divinity, eventually moving to complete a Doctor of Ministry degree in USA. He has authored five books, written numerous articles and blogs, and loves nothing better than walking barefoot on a beach … and then returning to a kitchen to cook for friends.

Event:

Thinking Allowed: June 13

Rev Dr Patrick McGlinchey

Bio:

Rev Dr Patrick McGlinchey teaches Missiology and Pastoral Studies at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Dublin. He has a doctorate on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger and has published a monograph entitled ‘Ratzinger’s Augustinianism and Evangelicalism: An Exploration in Ecumenical Rapprochement’

Events:

Symposium: June 13

Rachel Bewley-Bateman

Bio:

Rachel Bewley-Bateman is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and a former member of the Friends World Committee for Consultation Central Committee. She is currently a member of the Irish Council of Churches Executive Committee and the Dublin Council of Churches. She has an MA in Biblical Studies and enjoys wildlife photography.

Topic:

Who Is My Neighbour? June 11 (Whitechurch/Rathfarnham)

Who Is My Neighbour? June 12 (Baldoyle/Howth)

Patricia Devlin

Bio:

After secondary school, in Sydney, Australia Patricia trained as a secondary school teacher in North Sydney Catholic Teachers’ college and taught in a number of Catholic schools in Sydney then realised that teaching was not her vocation. Nearly twenty years later, with marriage, motherhood and other adventures intervening, she graduated with degrees in environmental planning, resource management. and public administration. Patricia has no formal academic qualifications for giving presentations on Christianity. Patricia and family moved to Dublin from New Zealand in 2000. In 2011 she retired to Monasterevin with her husband Emmet, She has a son, daughter and two grandsons in Dublin. On arrival in Ireland, Patricia worked with An Bórd Pleanála and then the Planning Department of the South Dublin County Council. While living in south Dublin, she attended Mass and lectures at the Augustinian retreat centre in Orlagh, Ballycullen and when the monastery closed Patricia continued her involvement in the emerging eucharistic community, known as Orlagh in the City. Patricia is content to be a laywoman, albeit imagining a new way of being church. Energised by the reformations of the Second Vatican Council, Patricia has been influenced by Liberation and Feminist theologies and more recently by the encyclicals of Pope Francis, ‘Laudato Si’, Our Common Home’’.

Event:

Symposium: June 13

Patricia Carroll

Bio:

Patricia Carroll is a Scots woman with extensive experience in accompanying adults in their journey of faith in a variety of settings and countries. Patricia has a background in training lay people for parish leadership and faith accompaniment. She trained as a spiritual director in Margaret Street London. As well as Masters degrees in Christian Spirituality and in Canon Law, she has recently completed an ecclesiastical licence in catechetical sciences from the L’ecole Cathedrale Paris with a focus on the role of the laity in newly emerging pastoral settings. Pope Francis’ call to missionary discipleship inspires all of her work. She is passionately interested in the development of adult faith.

Event:

Thinking Allowed: June 13

Nick Park

Bio:

Nick Park was raised in Belfast and was won to Christ through the ministry of the Salvation Army. After graduation and ordination from the William Booth Memorial Training College in London, he and his wife, Janice, served as Salvation Army Officers in Leicester, and then in pastoral ministry with the Assemblies of God in Lancashire. In 1994 they started the Solid Rock Church – known as ‘Ireland’s Multicultural Church.’ They also founded the ministry of the Church of God in Ireland. Nick still serves as Senior Pastor of the Solid Rock Church, while Janice serves as Worship and Prayer Pastor.

Nick is Administrative Bishop of the Church of God in Ireland, holds an MTh in Applied Theology from the University of Liverpool, and is Adjunct Professor in Church Growth at the Eurasian Theological Seminary in Moscow, Russia. He has been twice elected to the International Executive Council of the Church of God.
Nick and Janice Park have a daughter, Kirsty, and live in a village in County Louth.

Event:

Accounting for the Hope that is in Us:  June 11 (Blessington)

Accounting for the Hope that is in Us:  June 12 (Clontarf)

Lorraine Kennedy-Richie

Bio:

The Revd Lorraine Kennedy-Ritchie was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa. After graduation from High School she spent four years touring the length and breadth of RSA, living in wealthy estates and impoverished townships alike, experiencing for the first time the reality of her country and its deep struggle. It was during this time of being part of church communities, in all its richness and brokenness that she felt strongly drawn to serving within church community. She is currently the Minister of Clontarf and Scots Presbyterian Church and is an Ecumenical Canon in Christ Church Cathedral.

Event:

Bible/Story:  June 10

 

 

Katie Heffelfinger

Bio:

Katie Heffelfinger studied theology at Asbury Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. She holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible from Emory University. Katie’s research interests include the potential for biblical poetry to enliven theological imagination, lyric approaches to ancient Near Eastern poems, and the role of memory in the development of exilic period theology. She has written a recently published article on the poetic juxtaposition of the Servant and Zion in Second Isaiah. An article on Second Isaiah’s reuse of the Lamentations’ poetic imagery is forthcoming. Katie is currently writing a commentary on Isiah 40 –66 and a book on Salvation in the Hebrew Bible.

Events:

Biblical Poetry and Christian Formation: June 12 (Whitechurch)

Biblical Poetry and Christian Formation: June 13 (Rathfarnham)

 

Julie Wisdom McKinley

Bio:

Julia Zahra McKinley is the recently appointed Development Officer for the National Bible Society of Ireland, a role which primarily involves collaborating with other biblically-based organisations, partnering with the Bible Society in Northern Ireland on all-Ireland projects, and facilitating group engagement with Scripture at local levels and national levels.

Event:

Thinking Allowed: June 13

 

 

Bryan Shortall Ofm Cap

Bio:

Born in Dublin in October 1969, Fr. Bryan went to primary and secondary school in the 1970’s and 80’s. He joined the Capuchin Order in September 1987 and was professed in 1994 and Ordained Priest in 1997. He graduated with an MA. In School Chaplaincy from Mater Dei/DCU in 2004. He has been in Ministry in Cork and Dublin in School Chaplaincy, Hospital Chaplaincy, and has been Parish Priest in St. Michan’s, Halston St, Dublin, since 2010. He Published his first book ‘Tired of All the Bad News’, Columba Press 2018

Event:

Opening Event, 10th June, 7A.M.

 

 

Bishop Pat Storey

Bio:

Pat Storey is bishop of Meath and Kildare since 2013. She is the first woman in UK and Ireland to be elected bishop. Pat is married to Earl and has two adult children and a grandson, who is the light of her life! She loves creative writing, her golden retriever, and coffee shops! She is committed to unity, youth ministry, and communicating the good news better. Pat is also very interested in change management and transforming the institution. She feels she is very blessed.

Event:

Thinking Allowed: June 13

 

 

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: June 13