20th June 2021

Why do the innocent suffer?

Sermon preached by Lord Alderdice to Shelswell Benefice at the church of St Michael and All Angels, Fringford on Sunday 20th June 2021 Readings: Job 38: 1 – 11 and Mark 4: 35 – 41.  I have long felt an identification with the Belfast boy, C.S. Lewis, whose early years were spent in Little Lea, a lovely house near to …

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11th June 2021

Britain must lead the creation of an international fund for Israel and Palestine

An international fund can play an important role in making positive change possible between Israeli and Palestine, but it needs political support and the involvement of international partners. Along with many others who care about the people of Israel and Palestine, I was deeply saddened by the recent re-escalation of the conflict between the State of Israel and Hamas in …

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2nd February 2021

Wisdom is a Woman – Let Wisdom Guide

The book of Proverbs is one of the great books of wisdom, and not only in that library of books that Christians know as the Holy Bible.  Proverbs stands out as one of the most marvellous pieces of the world’s wisdom literature, whatever your faith or belief.  The first verse of chapter 1 attributes many of the sayings in the …

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22nd November 2020

John Calvin’s Sermons on the Letter to the Ephesians

Sermon preached by Lord Alderdice to Shelswell Benefice on Sunday 22nd November 2020, The Festival of Christ the King. Reading: Ephesians 1:15 to the end of the chapter, together with Matthew 25: 31 to the end of the chapter. The letter to the Ephesians is addressed from the Apostle Paul, and we know from the Acts of the Apostles that …

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7th November 2020

The Didache

The Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles. This very short manual of what a significant body of early Christians believed about their faith is of enormous importance, not least because it gives a real insight into their priorities in those early times. The Didache is the oldest extant written catechism, probably from the 1st century. It was lost for …

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6th November 2020

Solidarity 40

Forty years on, the concept of Solidarity, which so inspired the famous and transformational Polish Trade Union, is again receiving the attention of progressive thinkers and we are celebrating and exploring the concept in a series of webinars. Our second on-line event addresses Solidarity between the generations – environmental and financial sustainability. Why not join us on Friday 20th November …

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13th October 2020

Solidarity 40

Forty years on the concept of Solidarity, which so inspired the famous and transformational Polish Trade Union, is again receiving the attention of progressive thinkers. Join us on 23rd October 2020 from 2pm to 3.30pm (UK time) as we continue “Re-thinking Solidarity” with a session on ‘Solidarity, Religion and Inter-faith Dialogue’ with myself, John Alderdice; an Oxford colleague, Nazlia Ghanea …

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24th August 2020

Centenary of the birth of John Paul II

How does one adequately recognize the life of such a remarkable man as Pope Saint John Paul II, and address, in just a few minutes, his contribution to our world? Let me refer to three areas that are of particular, personal interest to me – science, politics and faith. Science – The work of scientists and the importance of their …

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29th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018 Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for the warm welcome you have given me into membership of this congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Belfast at what was a difficult time in my own journey of faith. I am not …

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