Eminent professor addresses second McDonald Lecture

Tuesday October 16th 2007

The Rev Canon Professor Martyn Percy will deliver the second McDonald lecture.The second annual McDonald Lecture, organised to mark the pioneering work of the Rev Canon Dick McDonald in counselling, clerical formation and spiritual direction, takes place on Saturday November 3.

More than 40 years ago, Rev Dick McDonald and his wife Dorothy helped pioneer counselling services in Northern Ireland. Today, aged 89, Rev Canon McDonald continues to work in both counselling and in the ministry.

The speaker at this second annual lecture is the Rev Canon Professor Martyn Percy, Principal, Ripon College, Cuddesdon and The Oxford Ministry Course, Oxford.

He will address the subject: Strong feelings in a Polite Church: Leadership and Emotional Intelligence in Congregations

Prof Percy is the author of many books and a regular contributor to newspapers and radio. His most recent book is Why Liberal Churches are Growing (Continuum 2006). His other works include Clergy: The Origin of the Species.

He is the only non-fictional living person mentioned in Dan Brown’s the Da Vinci Code.

The lecture takes place in St George’s Parish Church, High Street, Belfast, at 3pm on November 3. It will be chaired by the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, Bishop of Connor.

The lecture is organised by the Joseph Project, a counselling service for members of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Connor.

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