The Deconstructed Church Reviewed by James Spickard in American Journal of Sociology

My latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford 2014) has been reviewed by James Spickard in the American Journal of Sociology. You can read the full review on my academia.edu profile. There are selected excerpts below. Review by James Spickard, American Journal of Sociology What should a relevant Christianity […]

Review of Sub-Saharan Africa Between Conflict and Reconciliation by Rita Schafer on Welt-Sichten

Sub-Saharan Africa Between Conflict and Reconciliation, an edited volume for which Joram Tarusarira and I wrote a chapter, has been reviewed by Rita Schafer on the German language website Welt-Sichten. Schafer praises the book for providing ‘some impetus to the debate on reconciliation in societies that have suffered violent conflict.’ But she also points out […]

50 Years of Corrymeela: Does Faith-Based Reconciliation Work? Conversation on Sunday Sequence

This week I participated in a panel discussion on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence which asked – in light of the 50th anniversary of the Corrymeela Community – if faith-based reconciliation efforts have contributed to peace in Northern Ireland. Corrymeela was founded as a place set apart to overcome religious differences and has seen thousands of […]

The Last Three Days with Rodrigo Gularte – Part III

Today is the third and final post in a series on this blog by Christina Widiantarti, who served on the team of lawyers for Rodrigo Gularte, a Brazilian who was executed in Indonesia in April. Gularte had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and did not understand his death sentence. Below, Widiantarti describes the last three days after she […]

The Last Three Days with Rodrigo Gularte, Part II

Yesterday was the beginning of a series of posts on this blog by Christina Widiantarti, who served on the team of lawyers for Rodrigo Gularte, a Brazilian who was executed in Indonesia in April. Gularte had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and did not understand his death sentence. Today, in part II, Widiantarti describes the day […]

Festivals of Reconciliation? Opportunities for Uncomfortable Conversations

This weekend sees the start of two festivals – one well-established and one brand-new – which feature a variety of discussions, talks and events related to reconciliation on this island. West Belfast’s long running Féile an Phobail and the first-time Aperture Festival at Corrymeela in Ballycastle provide plenty of opportunities to reflect and debate on […]

My Radical Theology Sermon for Peter Rollins’ Tricks of the Light

Peter Rollins has begun posting a series of videos of radical theology ‘sermons,’ and this week he features a talk I gave at his ‘Tricks of the Light’ event in Belfast in April. As a sociologist I am not sure my contribution fits in the genre of ‘sermon,’ but if it offers a critical perspective […]

The Deconstructed Church Reviewed in Religion by Stephen Fouse

There’s been another review of my latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford 2014), written by Stephen Fouse of Missouri State University and published in the academic journal Religion. I reproduce some excerpts from the review below, which can be read in full on my academia.edu profile. The Deconstructed Church Reviewed by […]

Fr Charlie Burrows and Students Visit the Pesantren

Today Fr Charlie Burrows, an Irish missionary priest serving in Chilachap, Java, Indonesia, offers another blog post about ongoing efforts towards dialogue and encounter with Muslims. Last month, he described the visit of students from the local Muslim Pesantren school to his church, which included seeing a Christian wedding. Now, he writes about a return visit […]