The Launch of a book about Alec Reid, Hopes for a book about Gerry Reynolds

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, reporting on former Irish president Mary McAleese’s launch of ‘One Man, One God: The Peace Ministry of Fr Alec Reid CSsR.’ The book was written by Fr Martin McKeever, a fellow Redemptorist. Reid (1931-2013) played a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process. He […]

Doherty to Talk on Dan Cummings’ ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, 31 May

Rosemary Doherty, whose efforts insured that the excellent autobiography of her late uncle Fr Dan Cummings CSsR, was published in 2015, will be giving a talk about the book on Wednesday 31 May, 7.30 pm, in Clonard Monastery in Belfast. Cummings was part of the liberation forces at Belsen Concentration Camp. Two artefacts from the Camp (a […]

And No Religion Too … Selected Insights from Workshop on Nones in Selected Countries

Last week I presented a paper at a workshop on ‘Nones in Selected Countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US – a Comparison,’ at the Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence at the University of Muenster, Germany. My paper was titled ‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the ending of Ethno-Religious Violence […]

Ministering in the Troubles Panel Discussion – 18 May in Fitzroy, Belfast

The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland has organised a special event on ‘Ministering in the Troubles’ on Thursday 18 May at 8 pm in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street, Belfast. It will feature a panel discussion and question time with ministers Dr John Dunlop, Dr Ken Newell, Dr Godfrey Brown, Dr Lesley Carroll, and author […]

‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence and Institutional Abuse Contributed to the Rise of ‘No Religion’?

I presented a paper today on “‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence and Institutional Abuse Contributed to the Rise of ‘No Religion’?” It was part of a workshop on “ ‘Nones’ in selected countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US: A Comparison,” hosted by the ‘Religion and […]

Workshop on Nones in Selected Countries, Muenster, 4-5 May

I’m in Muenster today and tomorrow for a workshop on ‘Nones’ in selected countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US: A Comparison. It’s hosted by the ‘Religion and Politics’ Cluster of Excellence at Muenster University. I’m presenting my paper today on ‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence […]

From Religious Illiteracy to Muslim Prayer Rooms – Exploring Religious Freedom in Northern Ireland

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice’s Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation opened yesterday (26 April) with a panel discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Religious Freedom on Campus and in the Community.’ The full festival programme can be found here. I organised and chaired the panel. The idea for the event was […]

The Absurdity of De-Institutionalised Religion: Peter Rollins’ Wake Festival

Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking about my research at philosopher-theologian Peter Rollins’ annual festival in Belfast. The theme this year is ‘Wake’ and most talks feature theological exploration, ranging from Rollins’ own work to that of other ‘radical’ theologians. Other events include art, music, magic, comedy, whisky tasting, and tours. A sociologist of religion like me doesn’t often […]

Free Lunch & Discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Freedom of Religion on Campus and in the Community,’ 26 April at Queen’s

In March 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that employers could ban staff from wearing religious and political symbols. This ruling highlights how fears of religious radicalisation and threats to religious freedom are common across Europe. The ruling also raises questions about discrimination against Muslim women in particular. The Senator George […]