How have things come to this?

Address to the Presbytery of Lothian, April 28 2018 Rev Páraic Rèamonn Páraic left Jerusalem on Easter Monday but is currently on deputation in Scotland Moderator, It’s a pleasure and a privilege to speak here tonight. I am a son of this Presbytery, ordained 36 years ago in St Helen’s Church, Cockburnspath, to what is…

Enhancing hope in the face of darkness

Partner Plan Letter Rev Páraic Réamonn, December 11 2017 St Andrew’s Scots Memorial, Jerusalem Each year, the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) sends around 100 ecumenical accompaniers (EAs) from different countries to protect and show solidarity with vulnerable Palestinian communities and, especially after returning home, to advocate on their behalf. Along with…

Witness to the light

St Andrew’s Day November 30 2017 John 1.29-42 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland “Barbara Trapido’s first novel, published in 1982, was called Brother of the More Famous Jack, a book that redefined the coming-of-age novel.” This is how I began my sermon for St Andrew’s Day two years ago. I promised you then a…

A farewell to illusions

November 19 2017 A talk at a distance delivered to a group of 30 people assembled by Rev Jenny Adams, who looks after World Mission matters in the Presbytery of Moray, to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Jenny was kind enough to “channel” my remarks, although (as she says) “without the beard”. This…

Stockholm syndrome

Rev Páraic Réamonn In its report to the general assembly on Thursday May 25, the Committee on Chaplains to Her Majesty’s Forces asked the assembly to approve a covenant with those who serve or have served in the armed forces and their families. Here is what I said in the debate. St Andrew’s Scots Memorial…

Come dwell in Solomon’s walls

Rev Páraic Réamonn From my Partner Plan letter, written on May 18 On the Sunday evening after Easter, St Andrew’s Scots Memorial hosted the Detroit Methodist Chorale for a concert of sacred music. This group of 25 women and men from the Detroit, Michigan, area in the United States were on tour in the Holy…

On not endorsing BDS

Rev Páraic Réamonn In the general assembly debate on Monday May 22 on Embracing Peace and Working for Justice, a joint report of the World Mission Council and Church and Society Council on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, Rev Tom Gordon of the Presbytery of Edinburgh proposed a counter-motion [1] to a deliverance from…

People in glasshouses

Rev Páraic Réamonn On Monday May 22, the general assembly of the Church of Scotland debated Embracing Peace and Working for Justice, a joint report of the World Mission Council and Church and Society Council on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Here follows what I said in my first comment on the report. Jesus…

Going to the root

Rev Páraic Réamonn This is an extract from my report to the annual general meeting of the Society of the Friends of St Andrew’s, Jerusalem, which met in the Lindisfarne Room of St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh, on Friday May 19. “To be radical,” said the young Karl Marx, “is to go to the root.” The…