EQUIP 2020 had a different look this year. Under COVID restrictions, we took the festival online inviting hundreds of students across Ireland to discover more about how we can be human, enjoy life, and study for God’s glory.
Brian Synnott, trained counsellor with Young Adults, Cork
Stay up late partying or find yourself scrolling social media long into
the night? 9am lectures or CU prayer meetings force you to think about
getting up early? Many of us struggle with sleep, especially when the
whole world went online and the structure of our days changed. How can
we thrive this year? And what difference might good sleep make to us,
our productivity and our spiritual lives?
Heledd Job, IFES Interaction Team Leader Turin
The last thing anyone might want is to be isolated again! But could solitude actually be a helpful practice? Or how do we make our time alone in our homes something that we can relish and learn from? Heledd helps lead retreats for CU staff and students, as well as helping many of us develop healthy patterns in our busy lives.
Helen McNeely & Shauna Smyth, QUB student wellbeing
We’ve combined with colleagues from a Student Welllbeing Team on the island to bring you a session on student mental health. Helen and Shauna both have significant experience in assisting students with their well–being and mental health and are passionate about what they do to support students. Helen is also on our CUI Board of Trustees.
Drs Ivan & Carol Watson
College can be a tricky
experience for many, making friends, starting a new life, figuring
things out, trying new things. But in such a weird year, where all of
these things will have a new layer of difficulty, how can we avoid or
deal with fear and anxiety about it all? Ivan is pastor of a church in
Cavan, and both he and his wife are trained doctors with experience in
speaking on this topic across Ireland.
CUI staffworker Helen Blakey
James Diffin, Hub Chaplaincy Belfast
Hollie Tagle, Friends International Team Leader in Ireland
Kenny Robertson, Scottish student and church worker
IJM NI Director & former Tearfund NI worker Hannah Elliott
Andrew Wallace returns by popular demand for his second year. This time
he’s helping business students and any budding entrepreneurs think
through how to do business for the Kingdom. Andrew works part–time for a
firm in east Belfast, and heads up the Young Adults side of an
organisation which seeks to network and resource Christians in business
to live faithfully for Jesus.
The first chapter of Genesis is already steeped in language and words
are the fabric of the universe. So how does our faith that is so rooted
in language, stand up against current philosophy of language? And how
can we study our subject to better reflect the God who we enjoy? John
Gillespie (CUI Board, and lecturer in UUC) will help us engage in this
Christian Medical Fellowship worker Ashley Stewart returns to her
homeland to help us as health science students (medics, nurses,
healthcare workers, dentists etc) think through how life in these
subjects throws up unusual challenges, lifestyle patterns and questions.
She’ll provide you with great resources and a whole new network of
like–minded people to impact the world of medicine and healthcare for
Christ, both here and overseas.
Crawford Gribben lectures in history in QUB and is world renowned for
his work on the Puritans and some parts of church history too. Having
lived before that in Portlaoise, he is well aware of how he can help us
as history students grapple with big questions we’ll face that can dash
our faith on the rocks, or give us a greater confidence in the
historical basis for what we believe.
UCC’s Prof Frank Peters (also on the CUI Board) has given his life to
serving Jesus through science, and seeking the Spirit’s leading in Cork
to unite those from a wide perspective of Christian backgrounds, to come
together to do science for God’s glory. But what about the challenges
where science clashes with the Bible? And what’s the difference between
scientism and good science?