Peter Rollins’ Tricks of the Light Festival in Belfast 14-17 April: Just 10 Tickets Left

There are just ten tickets left for Peter Rollins’ ‘Tricks of the Light’ festival, set for 14-17 April 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I’m pleased to say that I’ll be back as a speaker at the conference. I really enjoyed – and learned a lot – at last year’s ‘Holy Ghosts’ festival. Not only was […]

Christian Century Review of ‘The Deconstructed Church’ by William Willimon

The latest issue of Christian Century (December 24, 2014, V131, N26) features a review of my new book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford, 2014). The review is written by William H. Willimon, the highly respected professor of the practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School. Many will know […]

The Elephant in the Church by Mary T. Malone: Book Review

The Elephant in the Church: A Woman’s Tract for Our Times (Columba 2014), the latest book by Mary T. Malone, is a passionately-argued, historically-grounded plea for women to have equal voices and positions in the Catholic Church. Malone retired home to Ireland in 1997 after teaching almost 40 years in Canada in Toronto’s St Augustine […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Advent Service at St Bartholomew’s

This week Fr Martin Magill found his way to an advent service at St Bartholomew’s Church in Stranmillis. His post today is a wonderful reminder of not only of the power of the season, but the power of communication — both face-to-face and in cyberspace. Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Festival of Lessons and Carols […]

Journeys of Faith on the island of Ireland: Exploring Extra-Institutional Religion

Last night I spoke on ‘Journeys of Faith on the island of Ireland: North and South’ at the Jethro Centre in Lurgan. The event was hosted by Shankill Parish Caring Association. Despite the foggy conditions a healthy crowd of 40+ people from all sections of the community attended and asked me some challenging questions after […]

Lectio Divina Advent Retreat with Marie McStay in Portglenone, Sat 29 November

This Saturday 29 November Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey in Portglenone will host a Lectio Divina Advent Retreat, ‘Weaving the Word,’ with Marie McStay. I attended a similar workshop with McStay several years ago in Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor, and found it fascinating and insightful. The advent season is a perfect time to explore […]

Journeys of Faith on the island of Ireland: North & South: Talk in Lurgan 26 November

On Wednesday 26 November I’ll be giving a talk at the Jethro Centre, Flush Place, Lurgan at 8 pm on ‘Journeys of Faith on the island of Ireland: North & South.’ The talk will combine aspects of research from two of my books: Evangelical Journeys: Choice and Change in a Northern Irish Religious Subculture, co-authored […]

Fr Gerry Reynolds on the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II – “Let us not be the cause [of Christ’s] Weeping”

“The Church is a people called by God to be his own. [Vatican II] made an end to ‘them and us’. It brought us to recognise that the lamb of God has sacrificed himself for us all and made us all a line of kings and priests. It showed us that God has no favourites.” […]

Helping the Church to become Self-Critical: Association of Catholics in Ireland Event, 6 December in Belfast

The Association of Catholics in Ireland will host an open information event on the theme: ‘Helping the Church to become self-critical: Why the laity are best equipped for this role,’ on Saturday 6 December, 10.30 am-1.30 pm at Shalom House, 12 Cliftonville Road, Belfast. The event is free and everyone is welcome, and there will […]