Month: June 2017

Autumn Lecture: Engaging with the Five Marks of Mission (AGM to follow)

We are happy to announce the subject of BACI’s Autumn Lecture: The Church in the World: Engaging with the Five Marks of Mission.


The Five Marks of Mission that have traditionally been identified by the Anglican Communion are being presented by the following:

  1. TELL – Revd Jack Kincaid: To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. TEACH – Revd Lesley Robinson: To teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
  3. TEND – Mr Philip McKinley: To respond to human need by loving service;
  4. TRANSFORM – Revd Canon Paul Houston: To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation;
  5. TREASURE – Mr. David Ritchie: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

DATE/TIME: The event will take place on Wednesday, 13 September, 2017 at 7.30pm.

AGM: The BACI AGM will follow at approximately 8.45pm.

LOCATION: Parish Centre at Castleknock (Parishes of Castleknock and Mulhuddart with Clonsilla), 7.30 for 7.45 p.m. A map of the Castleknock area indicating the Parish Centre is HERE.

ADMISSION: Free to paid-up members of BACI. Admission charge for non-members: €5.

LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: We look forward to the further contribution of each of our presenters in the preparation of chapters for the 2018 Lenten Study, available in January.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Mrs. Barbara Bergin, BACI Treasurer, or telephone 01-2888877.


Johannine ‘Gardener’ Theme Explored at 2017 Spring Lecture

In BACI’s 2017 Spring Lecture in Rathfarnham parish church (April 27), Margaret Daly-Denton explored themes from her forthcoming book, John, an Earth Bible Commentary: Supposing Him to be the Gardener (London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, July 2017). This volume in the Earth Bible Commentary Series suggests how John’s gospel might motivate and resource a Christian response to the ecological crisis.

Addressing the combined BACI and IBA audience, Margaret remarked on how aptly Mary Magdalene recognized the risen Jesus as ‘Gardener’ (John 20.15), completing his day’s work in the ‘garden’ of the Earth. The story of Jesus offers his present-day followers a paradigm with considerable potential to inspire Earth care, sustainable living, and commitment to eco-justice. The evangelist suggests that Jesus fulfils the Jewish hope for a restoration envisaged as a return of humankind to Eden.

Mindful of the garden theme, Margaret reads John’s gospel with sensitivity to the role of the more-than-human world in the narrative with particular attention to the scriptural underlay that repeatedly brings this world into the foreground. Beginning with an exploration of the memories and associations that the garden setting would have evoked for the intended audience, she then follows the gospel’s spiral path that eventually leads to the garden of Mary’s encounter with Jesus. The gospel challenges the reader with the question of how believers might undertake God’s work in today’s ecologically damaged world (John 6.28). Margaret’s insightful book also offers practical suggestions relating to the settings occupied by those who hear her passionate —  yet disciplined — challenge to share in the work of ‘Gardener’.