Accusations of intolerance and double standards within today’s Presbyterian Church are unfounded.

I note with some concern the letter of Ben Weir headlined ”Presbyterian Church becoming intolerant”. (Write Back 4 July) He makes many accusations about the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) but fails to substantiate these with any evidence. He suggests that PCI has ‘double standards’, but were is the evidence for this? Neither does he appear to understand the nature

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Selective reporting on General Assembly

Dear Sir, As a life long reader of the Belfast Telegraph I am deeply concerned with the negative reporting of the work of the Presbyterian Church, in recent years.  This was again most notable in the article: “The Presbyterian Church is finished as it’s completely oblivious to its faults, claims ex-minister”  Roy Simpson was a contemporary of mine at Union

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“The Present Controversy in PCI”

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9  The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church meets next week and will consider reports in the light of the public controversy following last year’s Assembly. They will be asked to reaffirm that the “PCI is a Confessional

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Horrified at bigotry toward film about conversion from homosexuality

Being unable to attend Townsend Street Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening, I watched the film about a homosexual’s conversion to Christianity on YouTube. The link can be found here.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5FyFv_xCvE) I was therefore both horrified and disgusted at the act of sectarian bigotry displayed in opposition to the showing of this film. This film, set in the context of Malta,

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We are guilty of having a selective memory of history of this island

I refer to “Memory of Protestant role in 1798 rising still lies beneath surface” (Opinion November 21). The author Guy Beiner, gives an impressive list of instances where “unionist Presbyterians completely erased the memory of the participation of their ancestors in the rebellion of 1798,” For some inexplicable reason, during the first fifty years of the Northern Ireland State, the

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Response to “Creative Conversations Group”

This letter is addressed to the Moderator yet, like the one signed by 232 Ministers and Elders,  it does not specifically state what the signatories wish the Moderator to do. The origins of this group “Creative Conversations” is unknown, other than “Our Group, made up of members of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland”. Was his group open to all, or

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RESPONSE TO ‘A cry from the heart’

This document ‘A cry from the heart’ issued to the media on 6 July 2018, was signed by 36 Ministers, 21 of whom are retired – 18 from active parish ministry and 3 from alternative ministry.  Of the 15 active ministers who signed 13 are in parish ministry and 2 in alternative ministry. 196 Elders signed but the vast majority

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