Ecumenical Bible Week (EBW) will take place this year from Pentecost Sunday to Trinity Sunday – Sunday 15 May until Sunday 22 May. This initiative is now in its third year and it includes parish-based events around Dublin and surrounding areas.
The theme for 2016 is ‘The Gospel and Care of Our Common Home’ which will look at Christian attitudes to the crisis of the environment and global warming. Bible Week will feature 45 events, across 13 locations in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow, with over 40 presenters.
A special launch event for all the family to attend will take place on Sunday 15 May in Dundrum Methodist Church from 3.00pm-5.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome, however, the numbers have to be limited to 200 so you must register online at www.bibleweek.ie.
There are three special events taking place as part of Bible Week which will be hosted in Saint Paul’s church in Arran Quay, Dublin. The first of these is a symposium on climate change which will take place on Thursday 19 May. ‘Climate Change – what can we as Christians do?’ is the theme chosen for this event which will include a series of simultaneous directed workshops covering the following topics: science, biblical resources, Orthodox teaching and Theology. The symposium will begin at 2.00pm and will conclude at 5.30pm. Registration for this event is essential on bibleweek.ie and the cost is €10.
Also on Thursday 19 May there will be a chaired panel discussion with audience participation from 7.30pm – 9.00pm. The panel will be made up of leaders from different churches and traditions in Dublin and will include: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop Michael Jackson, Pastor Nick Park, Ms Gillian Kingston, Rachel Bewley-Bateman and Katherine Meyer. The topic for discussion is ‘What Bible passages inform and challenge my response to climate change?’ and it will be chaired by Philip McKinley. There is no charge for entry to this event.
The final special event being hosted in Saint Paul’s Arran Quay is the closing event on Sunday 22 May at 7.30pm. There will be a musical service of celebration of creation. Musical Director Ian Callanan is bringing together choirs and music groups from the different Christian traditions for a special event to mark the conclusion of Bible Week 2016. There is no charge for entry to this event but registration is advised.
For information on all the events for Bible Week please see www.bibleweek.ie