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5th July 2007




Thursday Evening

7:00 to 9:00 + Picnic


Sing A New Song

Summer Theological Picnic



An Introduction & Three Workshops on the

Theology of Music and Song

Plus A Picnic



An Introduction


A Theology of Praise


It is intended that participants should allow this general introduction to 'rub against' the contents of the workshop they choose and see what sparks might fly.
You are invited to compare fireworks over a glass of wine and during the ensuing picnic.



Derek Johnston


Derek is a retired teacher with a life-long interest in Theology.
He recently completed a Theology degree at University of Limerick.
His contribution centres around the content of Walter Brueggemann's
book, ‘Israel's Praise’.






Colin Nicholls

Colin is Organist and Master of the Choristers in
St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork



Singing the Psalms

Some aspects of the musical interpretation of the psalms in church services.



Seán Brennan


Seán is a retired teacher, but a continuous learner.  Taught at Primary level for ten years and at Post-primary for thirty.  Put out to pasture just when getting the hang of teaching!  'Now that I am old and grey-headed' (Ps 71:18).

To paraphrase Martin Luther: the Psalm-book is alive—it has hands and grabs hold of me, it has feet and runs after me. 
Currently, a little beyond half-way in a Distance Learning theology degree with the University of Wales.  



One for Sorrow Two for Joy


The Psalms

This workshop features three psalms, a psalm of 'complaint' (for when you want to wail) and two psalms of 'praise' (for when you're willing to wonder).  The workshop takes a three-way approach to psalms: psalms as prayer-poetry, as psalm-study, and as prayer-song. 
1) Psalms are poems.

2) Psalms are scripture.

3) Psalms are songs.
  ’Sing praise with all your skill,’
the psalmist urges us (Ps 47:8)


Dudley Cooney


Dudley L. Cooney is a Methodist minister, now retired and devoting much of his time to historical matters.

His pastoral ministry included places in each of the four provinces of Ireland.

He is currently President of the Wesley Historical Society in Ireland and President of the Old Dublin Society.  His most recent publication is a history of the Bible Society in Ireland - 'Sharing the Word'.



Making Good Use Of Hymns


Joy of Heaven: The Hymns of Charles Wesley 

Wesley composed thousands of hymns from 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing,' to 'Love Divine All Loves Excelling.' 
His passion for evangelism led him to discover that people learned and took to heart best what they could sing. 
The 300th birthday of the co-founder of Methodism takes place this year and this workshop offers an opportunity to become more familiar with his hymns which are sung in Christian churches all over the world



The Picnic


Good food and good conversation.
Bring your own food

Conversation optional!




Sacred Heart Convent

Cork Retreat Centre

Bessboro, Blackrock




7.00 pm:   Registration & Introduction

7.45 pm:   Workshops

9.00 pm:   Picnic (Bring your own food; wine and soft drinks supplied)



Registration fee €15, Members €10






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CTF Committee

Mary Coakley, Stephen Cummins, Anne Francis, Sybil Fuller, Derek Johnston,
Evelyne O’Callaghan, Tom Riordan, John Scanlan