Church Leaders' Joint New Year Statement for 2016


The Church of Ireland and Catholic Archbishops of Armagh; the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland; the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and the President of the Irish Council of Churches have issued the following New Year's message:

'This year, 2016, will bring with it the centenary of many significant events which have shaped the history and culture of this island and its people. In remembering our past we must also seek a true vision for our future.

In recent years, much has been achieved in working towards a peaceful society throughout Ireland based on mutual agreement, understanding and respect. As the light of a New Year dawns, may our united prayer be that peace and justice will continue to grow and blossom throughout our land.

May our memories and commemorations of the past, alongside our hopes and longings for the future, strengthen our resolve to live together in harmony, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ in whom we find our hope, for he is 'the same yesterday, today and forever'.' (Hebrews 13:8)

Left to right:

Revd Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland
Most Revd Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh
Rt. Revd Dr. Ian McNie, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Most Revd Eamon Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh
Revd Dr. Donald Watts, President, Irish Council of Churches