Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties Report Published: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, reporting on the publication of the Open University’s ‘Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties’ Report. The report is available in full. OU’s Prof John Wolffe and Dr Gavin Moorhead are the principal authors of the report, which has been crafted through a series of interviews and […]

Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland – Available at a Discount

I recently learned that there were a couple spare copies of my 2008 book, Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland (Palgrave 2008), resting idle at the Irish School of Ecumenics at the Trinity College campus in Dublin, left over from the Dublin book launch way back in 2009. It’s a hardback academic book and sells […]

What Can Northern Irish Evangelicalism Learn from the Emerging Church Movement? Discussion at Fitzroy Presbyterian

Last week I took part in a question and discussion session at Fitzroy Presbyterian church with Rev Steve Stockman, as well as with some very insightful congregants and visitors. Alan in Belfast recorded the discussion, which you can listen to here. He also has reviewed the new book on which many of my comments were […]

Marta Kołodziejska on the Electronic Frontier of Catholicism in Poland

Earlier this month, the bi-annual meeting of the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network was held in Belfast. Among the highlights of the event was the presentation of the Network’s Postgraduate Prize, which was awarded to Marta Kołodziejska of Warsaw University for her work on “The Electronic Frontier of Catholicism in Poland: An […]

The Emerging Church Movement at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Conference: What Matters – structures or ideologies?

Last month at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting in San Francisco, I had the pleasure of chairing a session on “The Emerging Church Movement and the Transformation of ‘Conventional’ Christianity.” That session, combined with the Authors Meet Critics session on my new book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding […]

Church and Community – Challenge and Change Conference, 24 September

The Churches’ Community Work Alliance is organising a conference on ‘Church and Community – Challenge and Change’ on Wednesday 24 September, 9.30 am-3.30 pm at the Jethro Centre in Lurgan. It is billed as: A major rural conference focusing on how church and faith based groups inter-act with their local communities. This free event will […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: The Ordination of Deacons – St Anne’s Cathedral

This week Fr Martin Magill attended a service in St Anne’s Cathedral for the ordination of four new deacons. Fr Magill was reminded of his own ordination 27 years ago, as well as those who are currently in preparation to be ordained deacons. Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: The Ordination of Deacons – St Anne’s […]

Ireland’s ‘Extra-Institutional’ Religious Turn Reported in Religion Watch

Research I presented on ‘Extra-Institutional Religion and the Transformation of Post-Catholic Ireland’ at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting in San Francisco last month has been reported by Religion Watch. The paper was based on the book I am writing, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland. Only subscribers can access the full text of the […]

Dealing with Stress and Burnout in Clergy and Church Workers – Conference in Ballymena 10 October

Although not often recognised or acknowledged, stress and burnout are among the most common problems faced by clergy and church workers. The challenges of wise pastoral care and maintaining balance in one’s own life are not easily negotiated. On Friday 10 October Church Resources will host a session on “Dealing with Stress and Burnout in […]

The Deconstructed Church: Review on French Blog Temoins (Witnesses)

My latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford 2014) has been reviewed by Jean Hassenforder on the French blog ‘Temoins’ (Witnesses). The review appears quite comprehensive, providing French-speaking readers a good idea of the content of the book and its main arguments. In a personal email communication with me, […]