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Scripture Union Ireland is a movement that consists of approximately 12 staff and 300 volunteers. Our vision is to support churches, parishes and partners to be missional in their area. Our field ministries team facilitate work with young people in schools, youth clubs and through retreats and camps at our retreat centre Ovoca Manor where we also facilitate Christian conferences, youth groups. Our resources team develop distribute world class resources such as NUA & NUA:Origins which are used in Schools, youth clubs and churches all over Ireland and all over the world.
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NUA film series
New ways of exploring questions of faith and spirituality
Find out about SU Ireland’s film resources helping young people explore questions about faith.
Scripture Union Ireland’s NUA Film Series is an innovative resource for youth leaders and those involved in youth ministry or young adult ministry.
The eight-part series (which each last approximately 15 minutes each) tackles the tough questions of faith like suffering, faith and science, the credibility of the Gospels, the resurrection and the history of the Christian Church.
Executive Producer, Jonny Somerville said, “NUA gives people the tools to discuss their worldview with credibility and confidence, while encouraging them to wrestle with the things that just don’t seem to make sense. This film series is about impact — immediate and personal, as well as the long-term, life-changing experience of working out a personal faith. More than anything, NUA is a fresh learning experience. It comes from many years spent with young people, listening to their questions. Doubt is the result of an active, engaged mind interested in seeking truth — something we love to see. So, we set out to help young adults dig deeper as they explore faith and spirituality.”
The NUA Film Series is the first of its kind for Scripture Union and took three years to complete. Filmed in three locations – Ireland, Israel and the USA – the series is ideal for churches, youth groups and university groups. It also works as a great follow on to Alpha.
NUA / nu: ʌ / noo-ah / Language of origin: Irish Adjective, meaning “new”.
“We’re taking an honest look at questions many of us have about Jesus, the Bible, and what it means to be a Christian. It’s a fresh perspective, a different conversation — created in Ireland, hosted by an Irishman. It’s new and it’s Irish, so we’re calling it NUA. It’s as simple as that, really,” says Jonny.
The films have been made as internationally accessible as possible. NUA hopes to be a blessing to all of the Scripture Union Movements around the world. Scripture Union USA, Canada, Finland, Scotland, England and Wales, New Zealand and Australia have all began to use the resource in their countries. NUA has also begun translating the films into Spanish, French, Russian, Korean, Portuguese and Slovakian. They hope to partner with many other SU’s to include many other languages.
A trailer of the films can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/nuafilmseries/trailer
With Episode 1 called, ‘How Did We Get Here?’ https://vimeo.com/nuafilmseries/one
Email Jonny Somerville, the host of NUA, at [email protected] for more information.
General Enquiries: [email protected]
Chairperson: Alison Gill
National Leader: Gareth Lynch
Leadership team: Gareth Lynch
Leadership team: Jonny Somerville
Leadership team: Darren Bourke
Leadership team: Sharon Lynch
Field Ministry Team
Field Ministries Leader (inc. Camps and Schools): Darren Bourke
FM Ministry Support Worker: Mark Murray
FM Ministry Support Worker: Sarah Campbell
Resources & Communications Team
Resources & Communication Leader (inc. NUA and NUA: Origins): Jonny Somerville
Resources Support: Sharon Lynch
Church Relations Officer: Jim Donnan
SU Administrator/Finances: Shiromi Liyanage
Field Ministries Administrator: Andrew Wynne
Vetting & Volunteer Administrator: Erica Anderson
Ovoca Manor Operations Team
Ovoca Manor Operations: Sharon Lynch
Centre Assistant: Mark Browne
Accommodation Assistant: Linda Murphy
Catering: Catherine Wheatley
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