Presbyterian Church of Ireland is a small but significant denomination
with a historical witness to liberal Christianity. Although a separate
denomination in its own right, it has no exact parallel with any
other church outside Ireland and may best be understood in relation
to Irish Presbyterianism, within which tradition it had its origins
and with which it still retains a deep affinity.
Respect for All
We belong to a friendly church which regards
all people with respect. Ministers of other churches are, by our
constitution, welcome to join in Communion and to occupy our pulpits.
Agreement among Christians of every detail
of doctrine is not necessary to the acceptable practice of faith
and true unity is to be sought, not in the uniformity of creed but
in a common standard of righteousness and obedience to the commandments
which Christ has laid down.
In the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church
respect for all is reflected in the diverse character of the Ministers
and their congregations as well as the unique expression of each
The principles of free enquiry and love
of liberty have bound the leaders together over the years to minister
to the spiritual wants of the many and aid the spread of true religion
and just freedom among succeeding generations of worshippers.
We believe that it is the inalienable right
of every Christian to search the Scriptures and, with prayerful
consideration, to seek the will of God through lives of discipleship.
Faith Guided by Reason and Conscience
We hold that Scripture is the only
rule of faith and duty under the teaching of Christ. We accept the
guidance of our reason and conscience and we believe that human
creeds and confessions restrict the sacred rights of private judgement
which is a fundamental principle of the Reformation.