The Irish Council of Churches (ICC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Damian Jackson to the position of Programme Officer. This is a joint initiative of the ICC and the Irish Episcopal Conference, with funding from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. The role will be based in Dublin.
Dr Jackson holds a PhD in Christian ethics and migration studies from the Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE) in Trinity College Dublin, and has also held Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer positions with the ISE. He is a member of Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church in Dublin and currently sits on the Inter–Cultural Relations Panel of the Presbyterian Church. He has extensive experience in supporting inter–church and inter–faith relations and collaboration and has served as Chair of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum.
Commenting on his new role, Dr Jackson said, “I’m very excited to join the team at the The Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter–Church Meeting. There are many opportunities for churches to work together to serve their communities and address national issues. I look forward to working with them to build relationships, and to support collaboration and existing inter–church initiatives. When churches work together not only does it benefit the churches themselves, but also their society. Most of all, however, it is a powerful witness to God’s love and His ability to heal relationships.”
Welcoming Dr Jackson’s appointment, ICC General Secretary Dr Nicola Brady said, “The creation of this role represents a significant opportunity to raise awareness of the important work being done by churches across the island of Ireland. It will support the strengthening of collaboration amongst different denominations. Damian brings valuable experience and expertise to this role and will be an important addition to the team.”