Joram Tarusarira on Fr Gerry Reynolds: Lessons for Global Conflicts

Dr Joram Tarusarira, Assistant Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, has written a post on ‘The Religion Factor’ blog in memory of the first anniversary of the death of Fr Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery in Belfast. The post, ‘Remembering the Peacemaker Priest in Northern Ireland: Fr […]

Remembering Fr Gerry Reynolds on his First Anniversary – Trailblazer for Reconciliation

Today is the first anniversary of the death of Fr Gerry Reynolds. Gerry was a Redemptorist priest based at Clonard Monastery in Belfast. His gentle, pastoral manner earned him the affection and respect of those who encountered him, while his contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process earned him international acclaim when the Clonard Monastery-Fitzroy […]

The Deconstructed Church at the American Academy of Religion – Report on Authors Meet Critics Session

I was delighted that my book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford, 2014) was selected for an Authors meet Critics panel at the conference of the American Academy of Religion, 19-22 November in San Antonio. The panel included: Chair: Melissa Snarr (Vanderbilt), and Discussants: Douglas Gay (Glasgow), Matthew Guest (Durham), […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: A Contribution from the Fermanagh Churches Forum

  Last week I was invited to speak about my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity,’ at the Annual General Meeting of the Fermanagh Churches Forum (FCF) at the Bridge Centre, Enniskillen. FCF was one of the main case studies in the book, so I was delighted to be able to […]

Lectio Divina Advent Retreat Workshop with Marie McStay – 3 Dec in Rostrevor

There’s an opportunity to take part in a Lectio Divina Advent retreat workshop, ‘Weaving the Word,’ facilitated by Marie McStay, on Saturday 3 December, 10am-4.30pm, at Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor. The fee is £40 and includes a light lunch. You can reserve your place by emailing or 07833393491. McStay is an experienced […]

Rev Ken Newell’s Captured by a Vision: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a review of Rev Ken Newell’s book, ‘Captured by a Vision.’  Newell, a former minister at Fitzroy Presbyterian in Belfast, is best-known for his ecumenical peacemaking during the Troubles. Newell partnered with his friend the late Fr Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery, and a group […]

Brian Conway Reviews Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: ‘A superb book for students of religion’

Brian Conway, a lecturer in Sociology at Maynooth University, has reviewed my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, in the academic journal Irish Theological Quarterly 81(4), 2016.  I’ve reproduced excerpts from the review below. I particularly appreciate how Brian raises questions about how the concept of ‘extra-institutional religion,’ that is described in the book, might […]

Reading Religion Review of Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: ‘action research at its best’

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, has been reviewed on the new Reading Religion website, a publication of the American Academy of Religion. The review is written by Amy Heath-Carpentier, a graduate student at California Institute of Integral Studies & Assistant Director, Washington University in St. Louis. Excerpts are reproduced below:  Much has […]

ACI Blog Discussion on Post-Catholic Ireland: ‘the need to converse on matters of church and faith remains strong’

It was encouraging to see the website of the Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) feature my interview with Sean Moncrieff about my book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, which generated some discussion in the comments section of their website. Even though I am an academic and therefore must write for an academic audience, I always hope that […]

My New Book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, on Newstalk with Sean Moncrieff

Yesterday I was interviewed on Newstalk FM about my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity. You can listen to the full interview (about 12 minutes) below, where host Sean Moncrieff asks some wide-ranging questions. I explain what I mean by post-Catholic, characterising it as a shift in consciousness in which the […]

HOME Exhibition/Hydrangea Project at the East Side Arts Festival – Launch 11 August

The East Side Arts Festival kicks off this week with another stimulating and wide-ranging programme. Among the highlights is Still Bunker 2, a four-day event with a visual art, music, poetry and drawing participation. It will be launched at St Martin’s Church, Newtownards Road, Belfast on 11th August 2016 by Peter Osborne, chair of the Community […]