Church press officers discuss common communication challenges

22 Mar, 2024 | Church, News

On 20 March, press and communications officers of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Church of Ireland and Catholic denominations, together with the Irish Council of Churches, met in Columba Centre, Maynooth.  This annual gathering of Christian media specialists – which includes the Methodist Church in Ireland – involves a roundtable sharing, where representatives discuss different aspects of their work including common challenges, best-practice strategies and future planning.

Present at the meeting were Mark Smith of the Presbyterian Church; Peter Cheney of Church of Ireland; Dr Damian Jackson and Megan Ross of Irish Council of Churches; Father Bill Kemmy of iCatholic who gave a presentation on the broadcasting of religious services; Julieann Moran,General Secretary for the Synodal Pathway of the Catholic Church in Ireland, who spoke about the ‘Journey so Far’ of the Irish Synodal Pathway.  Martin Long, Crysta Gunn and Chah Garde of the Catholic Communications Office hosted the event.

The agenda included discussion on both of the reports recently published by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on “Assisted Dying”.  The meeting also prepared for the upcoming launch of the booklet, From Every Nation? A handbook for a Congregation’s Journey of belonging at the Gracehill Moravian Church, Ballymena, Co Antrim, on 11 April next.  This launch will coincide with the AGM of the Irish Council of Churches, at which representatives of the Inter-Church Committee will be in attendance.




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