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Welcome to our new Contemporary Christianity website

Our vision is to help both Christian people and wider society in Northern Ireland (and elsewhere) ‘think through’ many of the contemporary issues we face, and to do so from our best understanding of Holy Scripture.    

We do not claim to have the answers to issues, which are complex and may be easier to avoid; yet we are committing to working in partnership with others where that is mutually beneficial. We want to draw on the wisdom, expertise and experience of people and organisations in many different spheres of life.

We also will greatly value constructive comment and feedback from you as you browse our website which will progressively be populated with  a wealth of material from the former ECONI (Evangelical Contribution on Northern Ireland), alongside contributions  from more recent times.  We are also committed to commissioning new material that will appear regularly over the coming months. 

Therefore, we offer you a warm welcome.  With current COVID-19 restrictions we will initially be sharing some substantial thinking with you, around the theme of “Who is my neighbour?” and an invitation to engage together with us in both articles and the forthcoming podcasts. 

Welcome to our new Contemporary Christianity website, which will be further expanded in the months ahead.

Our history

Contemporary Christianity is the successor to Evangelical Contribution on Northern Ireland (ECONI, 1988 – 2005) and the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland (2005-2010). ECONI emerged against the background of our community division and political violence in Northern Ireland, when a group of evangelical Christians argued for a new response. Their conviction was that faithful witness must take seriously the biblical command to make peace and do justice. Where loyalty to political and cultural identities had obscured loyalty to Jesus Christ, Christians needed to rediscover what it meant to live for God and his glory alone. We have always sought to look honestly at our own community, leading us to ask tough questions and acknowledge sectarian attitudes and practices. But while the challenges of building a peaceful and inclusive society locally remain, the bigger challenge now facing us is the reality of wider change in society.

Our final blog reflection on 100 years of Northern Ireland is written by former PCI Moderator Trevor Morrow.
https://t.co/PtHONJa3yL https://t.co/Wxsp1yVb1j
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Another blog reflection on 100 years of Northern Ireland - this time from Wallace Thompson https://t.co/HVGbKP58x5 https://t.co/ijVoHv5fhe ContemChristian photo
Today's blog reflection on 100 years of Northern Ireland is written by @daniellemac33 https://t.co/IYYgOMC3dx
This is the first in a series of blogs from guest writers this week reflecting on Northern Ireland at 100 years. https://t.co/P2w1rv326H https://t.co/wZ0F5GDTNi ContemChristian photo
We are partnering with @Thrive_Ireland for these events next month focussing on victims, survivors and the church. https://t.co/W9lJwbnYGW ContemChristian photo

Our Blogs

Our main blog is the P.S. blog, and is shown below. We also have the “In Conversation With…” and Catherwood Lectures blogs, which you can view in our Blogs page.

P.S.

P.S. is an email and web-based blog format issued regularly by Contemporary Christianity.

The change that’s all around us

The change that’s all around us

Change.  It’s happening all the time, and sometimes very rapidly.  Some of us thrive in that environment, but most of us struggle when there is too much of it too quickly.  These last 18 months have seen massive change affecting every one of us as a result of Brexit...

Ah, look at all the lonely people

Ah, look at all the lonely people

It turns out that peace and quiet is good for a while, but not if it goes on for too long.  Too much peace and quiet can damage your health.  During Covid many of us struggled to juggle multiple responsibilities- work from home, housework, home schooling etc. and we...

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Norman Hamilton

Norman Hamilton

Chairman

Norman retired a few years ago to the sunny climes of Ballymena after having been the minister of Ballysillan Presbyterian Church in North Belfast for over 25 years.   His hobbies are gardening, walking and photography, all of which he does with more enthusiasm than skill.   He is married to Evelyn and their daughter Julie is a maths lecturer.

Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams

Hon. Sec

Stephen worked in Health and Care management until 2009. Since then he has volunteered as a part-time volunteer and is involve d in several other Christian organisations.  He enjoys hill walking, simple gardening, easy DIY, walking in Crete and is always up for a conversation over a meal.

Cathy Bollaert

Cathy Bollaert

Cathy is originally from South Africa and is committed to promoting reconciliation and human flourishing in societies emerging from conflict. She is a PhD graduate from the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University. Currently she works as the research and curriculum development officer at Youthlink:NI.

Jonny Currie

Jonny Currie

Jonny works for the community sector in East Belfast and attends Movilla Abbey Church in Newtownards. He is married to Lisa and they have three children.

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