A new start in the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast

Tomorrow is my first day on the job as a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) at Queen’s University Belfast. ISCTSJ was established in 2012 and is quickly becoming a hub for interdisciplinary research among top scholars at Queen’s. I’m really looking forward to getting to […]

Terry Waite on ‘Reconciliation: A Challenge to and Central Calling for the Churches’ at the Irish Churches Peace Project Conference

Terry Waite, who is best known for being held hostage for five years by the Islamic Jihad Organisation (between 1987-1991), was a keynote speaker at Friday’s Irish Churches Peace Project (ICPP) conference on ‘Faithful Peacebuilding’ at the Hilton in Templepatrick. Waite served as a special envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury and negotiated the release […]

Rev Dr Johnston McMaster on ‘Faith as a Social Ethic in a Divided Society’ at the Irish Churches Peace Project Conference

Rev Dr Johnston McMaster, who works on the Junction’s ‘Ethical and Shared Remembering’ project, spoke on ‘Faith as a Social Ethic in a Divided Society,’ Friday at the Irish Churches Peace Project (ICPP) ‘Faithful Peacebuilding’ conference at the Hilton in Templepatrick. The ICPP is winding down after a roughly 2.5 year, £1.3 million programme funded […]

Rev Emmanuel Murangira on Reconciliation and Forgiveness at the Irish Churches Peace Project Conference – To Speak tomorrow at Whitehouse Presbyterian

Rev Emmanuel Murangira, currently the country director for Tearfund in Rwanda, was Thursday evening’s keynote speaker at the Irish Churches Peace Project (ICPP) ‘Faithful Peacebuilding’ conference at the Hilton in Templepatrick. Murangira shared his experiences of the Rwandan genocide and reflected on the human capacity to forgive. (Murangira also told his story at the 2014 New […]

The Deconstructed Church: Book Review by James Wellman on Patheos

Dr James Wellman, Professor of American Religion, Culture and Politics at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, has reviewed my latest book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (co-authored with Gerardo Marti), on the Patheos blog. You can of course read the full review on Patheos, but I have reproduced […]

Can Faith and Politics Enrich Each Other? Discussion at the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

Last night I took part in a panel discussion at the Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics at the Duncairn Centre for Culture and the Arts, on ‘Can Faith and Politics Enrich Each Other?’ Other panellists were Rev Dr Lesley Carroll, journalist Liam Clarke, and Dr Duncan Morrow. I’ve written a report of the […]

Journey on the Good Friday Passion Walk in Belfast

This Easter, Belfast will host its own ‘Passion Walk,’ an opportunity to journey through the city on foot and reflect on the season. Groups and individuals are invited to take part in the walk on Good Friday, 3 April, or on Easter Saturday, 4 April. Organisers Joy Gowdy and Rev Jonathan Abernethy-Barkley describe the event this […]

International Women’s Day: Two New Posts on Slugger O’Toole

To mark International Women’s Day, I’ve contributed two new posts on the Slugger O’Toole blog: What do Evangelical Women have to say about Reconciliation?  Review of Mary T. Malone’s: ‘The Elephant in the Church: A Woman’s Tract for our Times’

Faith and Politics at Imagine 2015: The Festival of Ideas and Politics

Belfast has a brand-new festival, and I’m excited to be participating in one of its events: a discussion panel on ‘Faith and Politics’ on Thursday 12 March, 7-9 pm, at the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts. The new festival, ‘Imagine Belfast: The Festival of Ideas and Politics,’ runs 9-15 March and features lectures, panel […]

The Deconstructed Church Reviewed in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

My latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, has been reviewed in the academic journal, The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (March, V54(1), pp. 179-180, 2015). The review is offered by Ryan Burge of Eastern Illinois University. I have reproduced some excerpts below. You also can access the (full) review on my academia.edu profile. […]