Dr Harry Uprichard has been Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and Minister of Ahoghill. He is an exceptionally gifted preacher, scholar and evangelical church leader. We are delighted he has agreed to speak to the EFIC.
This conference will be followed by our AGM.

Knockbreda Parish Halls, Belfast
10.00am – 3.00pm, Monday 14th January 2013

The new EFIC publication Faith & Sexuality in the Church of Ireland was launched on Monday 6th March 2012 at the Good Book Shop, Belfast. Drawing together fourteen different authors - most with extensive experience of local pastoral ministry - the book seeks to add its voice to the current debate.

This book seeks to contribute to the debate on human sexuality within the Church of Ireland.

We, the undersigned members, lay readers and clergy of the Church of Ireland wish to make known our dismay at the recent events which have strained the very fabric of our Church's unity and witness. For the first time in the life of the Church, a serving cleric has entered into a civil partnership, and as he claims, has done so with the full knowledge of his diocesan bishop. We want to highlight the hurt and distress these actions have caused to many in our parishes, leaving them uncertain about the position of the Church of Ireland in relation to sexual morality.

A day for Bible study & prayer hosted by the Evangelical Fellowship of Irish Clergy (EFIC)

As groups representing a significant number of both ordained and non-ordained members of the Church of Ireland we wish to express our deep and genuine sorrow at the announcement that a serving cleric of the Church of Ireland has entered into a Civil Partnership. In what follows we seek to express the depth and breadth of our hurt and concern over the specific questions raised in this instance, and by the broader issues that emerge.

First, we regret the apparent lack of regard for the doctrine and teaching of the Church of Ireland in relation to human sexuality and marriage. Founded on scripture, flowing from reason and following tradition, our church, in its teaching, life and liturgical practice, has always affirmed the sanctity of relational and sexual union between a man and woman in holy matrimony.

As groups representing a significant number of both ordained and non-ordained members of the Church of Ireland we wish to express our sorrow at the announcement that a serving cleric of the Church of Ireland has entered into a Civil Partnership with another man. This raises specific questions and highlights issues that go beyond the particular circumstances of the individual concerned.

Jonathan Fletcher
Knockbreda Parish Halls, Belfast
10.45am – 3.00pm, Monday 7th February 2011

Jonathan Fletcher is vicar of Emmanuel Church Wimbledon. He is an exceptionally gifted preacher and evangelical church leader. We are delighted he has agreed to return and speak to the EFIC.

As members of the Church of Ireland we wish to express sorrow that Mary Glasspool, a person who is living in a same-sex relationship, is to be consecrated as one of two new assistant bishops in Los Angeles on May 15.