Previous Gatherings


This year’s AGM was held in-person and online on Wednesday 15th February 2023 at 7.30pm in Hillsborough Presbyterian Church.

This was our first hybrid event, managing an in person and zoom meeting, and we appreciated the understanding of all as we experimented with the dual format.

The agenda for the evening included the AGM, then we moved to a facilitated discussion giving opportunity for members and friends to reflect on ‘What’s on your Mind?’ Dave Thompson helped us engage with the issues and concerns which gave space to enable us to discern the shape of future conversations, events, and resources.

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This year’s conference was held in Hillsborough Presbyterian Church on Saturday 24th September 2022 – from 10.30am – 3.45pm.

We were in the company of John Bell, the well known hymn writer, broadcaster and speaker – he led two session during the day – one on diversity and inclusion and a second is on what we sing – though many preachers might deny it – songs have as much significance in shaping our belief as sermons.

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Thursday 12th May 2022 at 7.30pm with Rev Dr Livingstone Thompson


“In a society that is increasingly diverse, I cringe at a lack of diversity in Irish institutions including the churches.” Livingstone asked – “Are we ready to live the inclusion and diversity that we espouse?”

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Rev Dr MArk Achtemeier

Lessons from the Journey (March 2022)

Rev Dr Mark Achtemeier, a self-described conservative evangelical Presbyterian who had for many years actively defended the “traditional” teaching on marriage within his own denomination, subsequently made a long and courageous journey to a new conviction: that
“the church’s condemnation of same-gender relationships is a tragic and destructive misinterpretation of the Bible’s message.” Mark is the author of The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage:  An Evangelical’s Change of Heart (Westminster John Knox, 2014).  

Prof. Kathleen O’Connor

Texts for our Times: stories of disaster & survival in Genesis (November 2021)

Professor O’Connor explored the well-known stories of Noah, the city of Sodom, and the journey of Joseph, sharing fresh insights and an engaged, enriching way to read the biblical text: she helped us to see that these are indeed, texts for our times.

‘Borders & Belonging’ Gathering (September 2021)

Amid the poorly told, blunt stories in our world today that divide, polarise and reinforce stereotypes, Pádraig Ó Tuama invited us to explore the lively human drama found in the book of Ruth, as it reveals how we might respond more creatively to pressing current issues about borders and belonging.

2020 Space for Grace – The Very Revd. Dr John Chalmers & Very Revd Dr Susan Brown

2020 Lecture – Professor Ian Hazlett

2019 Being an Open Church – Rev. Dr Sam Wells

Listen to Dr Sam Wells