New Post on Slugger O’Toole: Launch of the 4 Corners Festival, Our Wounded & Wonderful City, 3-12 Feb

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about the launch of the 4 Corners Festival. This year’s Festival runs 3-12 Feb and the theme is ‘Our Wounded and Wonderful City.’ The full programme can be accessed at www.4cornersfestival.com.

Has the Ecumenical Movement a Future? Rev Prof John Thompson Booklet Still Relevant for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionally celebrated during the octave of St Peter and St Paul (18-25 January), is underway. The theme for 2017 is “Crossing Barriers,” and the materials were prepared by the churches in Germany. Using 2 Corinthians 5:14-20 as a reference point, Germany’s Christians chose to focus on dividing “walls” […]

Reconciliation and Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe: Reviews of Joram Tarusarira’s Book

The ‘Religion Factor’ blog has published two reviews of a new book by Joram Tarusarira, Reconciliation and Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe (Routledge, 2016). Tarusarira is Assistant Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I am the author of one of the reviews, ‘Can Religion Promote Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?’ As some readers […]

What do Christian Converts from Islam think about God? Guest Post by Duane Miller

Duane A. Miller, a lecturer in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies and St Mary’s University in San Antonio, has written a book detailing the perspectives of Muslims who have converted to Christianity, Living among the Breakage: Contextual Theology-making and ex-Muslim Christians (Pickwick, 2016). Miller has written a short guest post for this […]

With Linda Woodhead and Stefania Palmisano – Women between Religion and Spirituality, 12 December in Padova

On Monday I spoke on ‘Spiritualities of Women Religious Peacebuilders: Mapping a Research Agenda,’ at an international workshop on ‘Women between Religion and Spirituality’, at the Human Rights Centre, University of Padova, Italy. Giuseppe Giordan organised and moderated the event, which included papers by Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University) on ‘Religion, Spirituality and ‘No Religion’,’ and Stefania […]

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 insight@mariemcstay.com or 07833393491. McStay is an experienced […]