On Easter weekend, a new church was launched in Rathmines, Dublin called HolyTrinity, with lead pastor Rob Jones who was part of our International Intensive in 2010.
The church was launched with a conference called "We Are Rubicon," which was opened by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Rathmines Town Hall on Good Friday. This conference will be a yearly gathering where church and cultural leaders in Dublin can come together to collaborate and explore ideas about how the Gospel can be expressed within today's cultural context.
Rubicon is to be a place where Christians can think through what it means to create a better world, one that reflects God’s original design and intention. Presenters at Rubicon 2011 included Phyilis Tickle (author of The Great Emergence), Alan Scott (Causeway Vineyard), Gavin Jennings (RTÉ Radio 1), Ethno-Graphic Films (USA Film Company) the Very Revd Dermot Dunne (Christ Church Cathedral) and Fr Peter McVerry (Homeless Trust).
In a recent post, Rob writes:
"Our world is changing fast, but the great fact is that God’s message of grace does not. The Church as a whole, and indeed our new church, needs to really engage in this changing culture. However a changing culture also constitutes a call from God and the Gospel must be proclaimed afresh within these different times in Ireland, which present a moment of opportunity, a challenge to be confident in the Gospel and a call to imaginative mission."