Tuesday, October 1
Global Week of Action against Gun Violence
Photo: Earl Storey
Northern Ireland’s second city has such a divided history that Unionist/Protestant and Nationalist/Catholic communities don’t agree whether its name is Londonderry or Derry. It is also split by a river. During the civil strife of the 1970s and ‘80s, most Protestants moved from the Cityside to the Waterside, leaving behind historic churches with limited resources. Several years ago I was invited to facilitate discussion among leaders of St. Augustine’s Church of Ireland. Their future looked bleak, but with a beautiful building and the drop in violence members felt more open to using it outside of Sundays.
One idea was a lunch where older members, now scattered, could come together to meet old friends and enjoy a nourishing meal. They had space, a few enthusiastic volunteers, and a local chef who volunteered his expertise. And so LEAH (Lunching with the Elderly and Housebound) was born. Imagination solved the challenge of funding. The organizers realized they had recipes that others would value, so they made and sold a cookbook. The producer of a food magazine volunteered his expertise, resulting in a quality publication.
Churches are made up of people with imagination and entrepreneurial skill. Applying them made LEAH happen and generates the money to keep it going. LEAH provides a setting where fellowship grows as these folk and new friends from other backgrounds meet over good food.
Let us join in prayer for:
Europe Partners/Ministries, cont.
Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Slovak Republic: Mgr. Miloš Klátik, Ph.D. • Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches: Rev. Thomas Wipf, president • Evangelical Church of Spain (IEE): Elder Joel Cortés, president, Rev. Jose Mochon, vice-president, Rev. Carlos Capo, first secretary, Elder Gloria Castell, second secretary, Mr. David Casal Harrang, treasurer, Ms. Damaris Ruiz and Mr. Richardo Moraleja, members-at-large of the Synod Council • United Evangelical Theological Seminary [Spain]: Rev. Dr. Jonathan Rowe, director
Presbytery Partnerships: Presbytery of Northern Waters, with the IEPP [Portugal]; Eastminster Presbytery, with the Levante Presbytery of the IEE [Spain]
Partners/Ministries Ireland/Northern Ireland
Presbyterian Church in Ireland: Rev. Donald Watts, general secretary • Irish Council of Churches/Irish Inter-Church Meeting: Mervyn McCollugh, executive secretary • Irish School of Ecumenics: Dr. Geraldine Smith, director • Corrymeela Community: Rev. Dr. Inderjit Bhogal, leader
Young Adult Volunteers
Kathryn Cunningham, Grace McMullen, Tricia McReynolds, David Mills, Anna Owens, T. J. Piccolo, Beth Thompson, and Courtney Townsend, peacemaking interns, Presbyterian Church in Ireland
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Virginia Putnam, BOP
Let us pray
Lord Jesus Christ, with unexpected companions, with your disciples, and with thousands who hungered for nourishment, you broke bread and built community. May we have imagination to turn whatever meager resources we have into healing banquets for the lonely and the estranged. Amen.