I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Celebrating Louis MacNeice in Carrickfergus,’ about an event that took place there last week to mark the anniversary of the birth of the poet and playwright.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Fr Martin Magill paid a return visit to St Bartholmew’s Church in Stranmillis (Church of Ireland) this past week to attend a special service of communion in the Iona style. Fr Magill was invited to take part in the distribution of the elements, which he describes movingly. He also recounts a thought-provoking sermon by Roddy Cowie. […]
I will be answering Rev Steve Stockman’s probing questions on the topic of “Emerging Christianity: What has it to Teach Northern Ireland Evangelicalism?” on Sunday 14 September at 7.00 pm at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast. The discussion will draw on more than a decade of research on the Emerging Church Movement (ECM) and include findings […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a book review of Cheryl Lawther’s Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past.