Healing a Wounded City
Trevor Morrow and Brian McKee
Sunday 5th February 7:00pm
Venue St Theresa’s 135 Glen Road, BT11
When I consider those who have had most influence on my life, Trevor Morrow is right at the top of the list. In the early 80s as may faith was looking wider as to what it meant to be a follower of Jesus in Ireland I found Trevor blazing a trail of something new. He went off to Dublin to be the minister of a very small Church in Lucan. By the time I went to live in Dublin in 1991 he had built a new Church building which was full of people and energy.
Trevor was prepared to talk to his Catholic priest neighbour and if he was asked to speak in the Catholic Church down the road he went. I remember him telling me about being asked to go to a Catholic Church and speak about grace. “Grace Stocki! I cannot get enough of it. Of course I was going!” He then regaled me the story of the nun who came up after he had preached and hugged him and said we needed more of that kind of preaching in Catholic Churches!
Trevor was ripping up all the caricatures and stereotypes. He was pioneering. He was doing brave and imaginative things and I was listening and becoming inspired. I was always uneasy about Ireland’s denominational apartheid but, where I came from, it was a mark of soundness. Though shalt not to not go near a Catholic Church or take part in worship with Catholics and the word ecumenical was like a swear word! I was sure this was wrong and Trevor was confirming my belief.
I then had the privilege of being around Lucan for the three years I was The Presbyterian Church Youth Development Officer in the Republic Of Ireland. I spent many weekends at the Lucan Youth Centre and therefore spent many Sunday mornings under Trevor’s teaching ministry. He blessed me in Biblical teaching but also in style of preaching. There are few better communicators of God’s word in the world today.
So… I am delighted to say that Trevor is one of the speakers at this year’s 4 Corners Theological Lecture. This is the event at the Festival where we take the year’s theme and have a Protestant and Catholic theologian to unpack it from their Biblical traditions.
Trevor Morrow is not to be missed and will be joined by Brian McKee. Born and brought up in the Ardoyne community, Brian is both a qualified teacher of Religious Studies and youth worker. He has over 30 years experience of working in youth ministry and adult faith development. He was formerly Diocesan Director of youth ministry in Down and Connor for 10 years with a particular commitment to building peace and reconciliation.
Brian is currently self-employed and works mainly in the field of peace and reconciliation with the Passionists in Ardoyne and as a director of retreats in Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre, Crossgar. Brian is a regular speaker at both national and international conferences for both adults and young people.
Trevor and Brian will share with us a Biblical understanding of healing, particularly societal healing. Add to all this some spiritually sensitive worship from Chris Blake and if your Church doesn’t have a Sunday evening event then this is a real must! Get out of your corner and up the Glen Road. You will not regret it!