Two guest speakers will attend the 2012 Diocese of Connor Clergy Conference which takes place in Co Cavan from November 7–9.
The Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, and the Rev Dr Heather Morris, President Designate of the Methodist Church in Ireland, will each address the conference which takes place in the Slieve Russell Hotel.
Bishop Paul was installed as Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham in February 2010 after serving as Bishop of Southampton since June 2004. Before that he was in parochial ministry, an area dean, and served as an evangelist with Scripture Union.
Until December 2010 Bishop Paul was also the chair of CMS, the Church Mission Society. He maintains a passionate interest in world mission, and his other big interest lies with children and young people in church and society.
The Methodist Church in Ireland elected Dr Morris as its first female president during its annual conference earlier this year.
Dr Morris is the Director of Ministry at Edgehill Theological College in Belfast as well as mum of two teenage children. Both her father and her grandfather were also Methodist ministers.
She has a particular interest in practical care and pastoral theology. Her PhD in Practical Theology is from the University of Edinburgh and focuses on pastoral communication with confused elderly people, and she has addressed a number of seminars in Connor Diocese in the past organised by the Ageability Committee.
The clergy conference opens with a Eucharist Service with the Bishop of Connor the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy at 3pm on Wednesday November 9.
Bishop Paul will speak before dinner, and following Late Office there will be a period of Bible Study.
Following Morning Prayer the next day there will be a period of Bible Study with Dr Morris, and a second session with Bishop Paul, and delegates will then be able to relax and enjoy the hotel, the countryside, or the Enniskillen shops, as the afternoon is free.
That evening there will be updates from the diocese, before Compline.
Dr Morris will lead another period of Bible Study on the final morning, and Bishop Paul will again address the conference, before a closing Eucharist with the Ven Barry Dodds, Archdeacon of Belfast.
Connor’s last Clergy Conference was also held in the comfortable surroundings of the Slieve Russell Hotel in November 2009.