Moderator’s tribute to ‘a better place’

Incoming and Outgoing Presbyterian Moderators Dr. Rob Craig, left, and Dr. Roy Patton. (0406PG43)
Incoming and Outgoing Presbyterian Moderators Dr. Rob Craig, left, and Dr. Roy Patton. (0406PG43)

The new Presbyterian Moderator last night paid tribute to those who are “seeking to make this island a better place for us all to live in.”

Around 1000 Presbyterians from across Ireland are in the city for the four day General Assembly, held in Derry for the first time in 80 years, to mark the City of Culture year.

Incoming Moderator Reverend Rob Craig - Minister at Derry’s Kilfennan Presbyterian Church for the last 19 years - said there are many working hard to “transform life within Ireland.”

“In many walks of life there are those who are working hard to transform life within Ireland – seeking to make this island a better place for us all to live in.

“Dedicated police officers, community workers, politicians, businessmen and women, teachers; and not least parents raising their children,” he said.

“Some are people who share our Christian faith; others who have walked away from their Christian heritage; and those who even are opposed to our Christian way of life. There are few, if any, who do not want Ireland, North and South, to be a better place for their children: a place where jobs and opportunities are being created, where sectarian hatred is being eroded and where a shared future has become a reality.”

The new Moderator said it was vital that the Church was seen as a ‘place of transformation’ that strives to challenge and change people for the better.

“If within the church we are to honour our calling to be a place of transformation then we dare not become prisoners of our own church culture,” he said.

Reverend Craig replaces Dr Roy Patton as Moderator.