PHSI Events Programme for 2016-17 Published

PHSI Programme 2016-17Thursday 10 March 2016
McCracken Memorial Presbyterian Church, Belfast
7.15pm Annual General Meeting
8.00pm The Rentouls: A Presbyterian Dynasty
By the Very Rev Dr John Lockington
An account of a remarkable family which produced 15 ministers over a period of four generations, including one who was killed in France in World War 1.

Thursday 21 April 2016
8.00pm Malone Presbyterian Church, Belfast
Symposium on the First World War
with Dr Paul Gray, Mr Nigel Henderson, Mr Philip Orr and Dr Colin Walker
How the 1st World War was commemorated and the effects of the war on society.

Thursday 5 May 2016
8.00pm Union Theological College, Belfast
The Robert Allen Lecture
150 years of the Presbyterian Orphan and Children's Society
By Dr Paul Gray
From the impassioned pleas of its founders in the 1860s and the groundswell of Presbyterian philanthropy, to its continued relevance today in the field of welfare, the Society's story is told from sources never before accessed.

Wednesday 25 May 2016
Visit to Magee College
(Details to be confirmed)

Saturday 18 June 2016 9.30am
Society's Field Trip to the Newtownabbey and South Antrim area

Thursday, 22 September 2016
8.00pm Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn
Scots Settlement and Presbyterianism in Connaught
By Jack Johnston
Tracing the development of Scots settlers into North Connaught in the 17th century, mainly from Donegal and Fermanagh, the setting up of early Presbyterian congregations and the establishment of the Connaught Presbytery in 1825.

Saturday 15 October 2016 2.30pm
Portrush Presbyterian Church
The Rev Jonathan Simpson of Portrush
By the Rev Dr Joseph Thompson
Mission worker in the south and west of Ireland, biblical expositor and evangelist, leader in the 1859 Revival and Father of Portrush Lifeboat.

Thursday 17 November 2016
8.00pm Belmont Presbyterian Church, Belfast
The Division of Ireland and its effect on the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
By Professor Eugenio Biagini, Cambridge University
A fresh look at some of the consequences for the Presbyterian Church and its members of turbulent times and constitutional change.

Thursday 19 January 2017
3.00pm Union Theological College
Remembering Tom Barker 1885-1967, Moderator of the General Assembly 1956-57
By Dr Salters Sterling
An insight into the life of the Rev Thomas McCurdy Barker who served for many years in China and who was a Japanese prisoner of war in Nagasaki when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city on 9 August 1945.

Thursday 16 February 2017
8.00pm Templepatrick Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church
The Ballycarry Session Book, 1704-68
By the Rev Dr John Nelson
An insight into the working of a Presbyterian congregation in the early 18th century.

Thursday 23 March 2017
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Belfast
7.15pm Annual General Meeting
8.00pm The Original Secession Church in Ireland 1841-1956
By the Very Rev Dr Godfrey Brown
The beliefs, problems and demise of this group of Seceders who did not join the union of Synods in 1840.

Wednesday 26 April 2017 2.00pm
Visit to Culturlann, former Broadway Presbyterian Church, Belfast

Thursday 4 May 2017
8.00pm Union Theological College, Belfast
The Robert Allen Lecture
Professor J. E. Davey and the Heresy Trial, 1927
By Dr Andrew Holmes, Queen's University, Belfast
An overview, within a broad cultural, intellectual and theological context, of the heresy trial of J. Ernest Davey, Professor of Church History, Presbyterian College, Belfast, who was accused of being a 'modernist'.

Saturday 17 June 2017
Society's Field Trip to Mid-Ulster