The Deconstructed Church: Authors Meet Critics Session at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Conference

My latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2014) was featured in an Authors Meet Critics session on 14 August at the Association for the Sociology of Religion annual meeting in San Francisco. The panel of critics included Brian Steensland of Indiana University, Rhys Williams of Loyola […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: St George’s, Belfast

This week Fr Martin Magill returned to St George’s Church of Ireland in Belfast, where he attended an early morning service and connected with some of the clergy and parishioners. His visit alerts us to the church choir’s preparations for the International Day of Peace on 21 September. Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: St George’s, […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: St Bartholomew’s Church, Stranmillis

This week for his ecumenical tithing Fr Martin Magill followed the advice of Roddy Cowie and visited St Bartholomew’s Church in Stranmillis. Readers may remember Prof Cowie’s excellent lecture on peace at the 4 Corners Festival. Fr Magill draws out relevant points from the sermon and appreciates the contributions from the choir. Fr Martin Magill’s […]

Religion in Times of Crisis Launched at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting

Religion in Times of Crisis (Brill 2014) edited by myself, Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot, was unveiled last week at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) annual meeting in San Francisco. The book is the 24th in ASR’s “Religion and the Social Order” series and was marked with a launch by series editor […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Woodvale Presbyterian Church

This week for his ecumenical tithing Fr Martin Magill returned to Woodvale Presbyterian Church, where he renewed some friendships and gleaned much from the sermon by Rev Ken Doherty. Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Woodvale Presbyterian Church As I had not been to Woodvale Presbyterian Church for some time, I chose to worship there.  I […]

Aidan Donaldson on Project Zambia Immersion Journey: Mapepe and Dubai

Today Dr Aidan Donaldson, who has recently returned from a Project Zambia immersion journey, shares some of his reflections on the experience. His thoughts on the contrast between Mapepe in Zambia, and Dubai — where he stopped on his trip home — should give all of us pause for thought. Donaldson is Assistant Head of Religious […]

Journey in Understanding Workshop Programme – Participants Sought for Journey in Understanding

Journey Towards Healing, the Northern Ireland Association of Mental Health’s (NIAMH) programme of psychologically informed peace-building initiatives, has announced an eight week course called Journey in Understanding. This course is limited to twenty people, ten Catholics and ten Protestants. The course will be delivered through unionist and nationalist single identity and then followed with cross […]

Religion in Times of Crisis: Author Meets Critics Discussion for New Book

Religion in Times of Crisis, a new book I’ve edited with Heidemarie Winkel of the Technical University of Dresden and Christophe Monnot of the University of Lausanne, has been published by Brill as part of the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s (ASR) “Religion and the Social Order” series (Volume 24. The book was a […]

Fr Charlie Burrows on Love, Freedom and Evolution

Today Fr Charlie Burrows, an Irish priest with Oblate Mission Development based in Chilachap on Java’s southern coast, offers some reflections on the themes of Love, Freedom and Evolution. Fr Burrows was featured in a 2011 Would you Believe documentary on RTE, and previously has contributed guest posts on this blog. Fr Charlie Burrows on Love, Freedom and Evolution […]

4 Corners Festival Weekly Feature on Faith Activism — Youth Link

This week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is Youth Link. Over my years lecturing on the Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin at Belfast, we have had several students who were employees or involved with Youth Link and they always added much insight and energy […]