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 Where to from Here for Faith Communities?
Ecumenical Bible Week, which traditionally takes place from Pentecost Sunday to Trinity Sunday (31 May–7 June),
has been suspended until later in the year due to restrictions around Covid– 19. However, there will be a number of opportunities to engage online (details on
The theme for 2020 is ‘Faith in the Public Square’. On Tuesday June 2 at 10am there will be Morning Prayer with Philip and Julie McKinley.
On Thursday June 4 at 3pm there will be a webinar on the topic: “In light of the C19 crisis and the increased digital presence, where to from here for faith communities?" The panel will be chaired by Pat Coyle, Jesuit Communications Officer, and panelists will include Scott Evans, Church of Ireland chaplain in UCD; Sam McConkey, RCSI, Associate Professor in International Health Tropical
Medicine; and Bryan Shortall, Capuchin priest and author.
On Sunday June 7 at 7pm there will be Evening Prayer with Martin Sauter and the Lutheran community.
Ecumenical Bible Week’s organisers have invited musicians and singers from all Christian traditions to record and share a hymn, song, piece of music or an original piece that speaks to the EBW 2020 theme and to people’s current experience of faith in this most different of public squares.
It is hoped to share these as reflections throughout this week to inspire, support, comfort, encourage, give hope and emphasise that we are connected in prayer and hope as a Christian family of faith, even in these most difficult of times.
Details of all of these can be found at
  Information on Copyright
for use of Hymns in Online Church Services
The Church of Ireland Press Office has published updated guidance for planning and setting up online services. Below is the information provided on copyright, which may be of interest to those currently streaming or broadcasting services online. You can read the guidelines in full, which includes information on safeguarding, avoiding advertising and external videos and data protection on the Church of Ireland website at: guidance-for-online-services
The Church provides resources to support congregations which have limited access to musicians through the provision of Recorded Church Music, which includes many of the hymns from the Church Hymnal. If you think that this may be helpful for your parish, please contact the Revd Dr Peter Thompson at
Christian Copyright Licensing International provides information on the copyright status of over 20,000 hymns and songs. CCLI Ireland provide song listings and also copyright and streaming licences for churches. Please visit for more information regarding copyright and streaming in Ireland.
You may also require an online music licence if you are using material covered by the CCLI copyright but which is performed by someone other than (a) a musician who is performing music for the audio–visual content or (b) Recorded Church Music.
For enquiries, please contact:
IMRO (for the Republic of Ireland) Tel: 01 661 4844 Web:
A number of songs are not covered by CCLI and are therefore not included in its listings. In that instance, permission should be sought from the relevant copyright authority. Two particularly relevant authorities are Oregon Catholic Press, which holds the copyright for several songs in the Church Hymnal, and Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, in relation to the Taizé Community’s music. Please consult their websites for more information. Oregon Catholic Press:–permissions Taizé:

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