Differences, but ‘common decency’ is what binds the church together

Presbyterian Church in Ireland
 General Assembly 2014.
Rev Trevor Gribben (left) will succeed Dr Donald Watts as the Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

Presbyterian Church in Ireland General Assembly 2014. Rev Trevor Gribben (left) will succeed Dr Donald Watts as the Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

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Irish Presbyterianism is a broad church, but while there are differences at ministerial level and in the broad membership, there is “a common decency” that binds the church together.

This was asserted yesterday by the Rev Dr Donald Watts, outgoing Clerk of the Presbyterian General Assembly, who stands down after 11 years in leadership at Church House in Belfast.

“Our church is going through a period of transition, as indeed is the whole of society in Ireland both north and south. Positions are being redefined and sometimes we have to speak boldly to be heard,” said Dr Watts.

 

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