The church leaders made the admission in an announcement meant to encourage reconciliation in 2021, noting that it’s a 12 months of centenaries – for the creation of Northern Eire and the partition of Eire.
The assertion got here from Presbyterian Moderator Rev Dr David Bruce, Church of Eire Primate of all Eire Rev John McDowell, Methodist President Rev Dr Thomas McKnight, Roman Catholic Primate of all Eire Rev Eamon Martin and President of the Irish Council of Church buildings Rev Dr Ivan Patterson.
The clerics issued an invite to wider civic society to interact in additional dialogue.
Entitled ‘In Christ We Journey Collectively’ – the theme chosen for his or her shared reflection on the centenaries – they recognise that some might battle with the thought of a shared historical past of the centenaries. Collectively, the leaders discover how the Christian religion and Christian social ethics can contribute to “the therapeutic of relationships and provide a hopeful imaginative and prescient for the long run”.
They added: “In our strategy to the previous now we have an ethical duty to acknowledge the corrosive influence of violence and phrases that may result in violence.”
In addition they recognise that there’s a must “face troublesome truths” about failings of their church buildings’ personal management within the work of peace and reconciliation.
Relating to the position of the church buildings, they stated: “We now have usually been captive church buildings; not captive to the Phrase of God, however to the idols of state and nation.”
They welcomed the progress that has been made via the peace course of in constructing relationships.
And whereas acknowledging that there’s a lot work nonetheless to do, they set out a imaginative and prescient for a society the place completely different identities in a pluralist public sq. may be valued.
“What’s plain … is the fact that now we have to dwell in a shared house on these islands, and to make them a spot of belonging and welcome for all,” they stated.
They’ve chosen to subject their message on St Patrick’s Day, they stated, to embrace the way in which this former slave “who embodied that interconnectedness”, introduced Christianity to Eire some 1,500 years in the past.
“On this context, a single century is however a quick second in time, however … vital anniversaries can present a precious alternative to mirror on our historical past and discover what may be realized for immediately.”
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