Prayer for the 4 Corners Festival (1-11 Feb): Now. Here. This.

This morning, about 100 people from Belfast and beyond gathered in the Spectrum Centre on the Shankill for a prayer breakfast in advance of next month’s 4 Corners Festival (1-11 February). Click here to read more, including what speaker Rev Norman Hamilton had to say; and to join in a prayer for the festival.

Review of Emmanuel Katongole’s The Journey of Reconciliation on Catholic Books Review

My review of Emmanuel Katongole’s latest book, The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for a New Creation in Africa (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2017), has been published on the ‘Catholic Books Review’ website. You can read the full review here, or reproduced below. I urge you to check out the Catholic Books Review site – there is an […]

How about a Great Green Wall? Fr Patrick Devine and the Shalom Center: Living out the ‘Church Without Walls’ in Africa

While walls of all sorts have been making headlines lately, there’s one that hasn’t gotten quite as much publicity – but has the potential to transform life in Africa. Fr Patrick Devine, a priest in the Society of African Missions (SMA) and founder of the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Kenya, spoke […]

Priests of the Future? Fathers Pat and Gerry Reynolds

There’s a moving tribute to a priest in today’s Irish Times, written by a chaplain, Michael Commane, who encountered Fr Pat Reynolds during his final days in Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin. Commane’s reflections on Reynolds’ last days remind us that while the institutional Catholic Church seems to have let so many people down, there are […]

50% off ‘Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland’ in Oxford’s Christmas Sale

I’ve long lamented the high price of academic books, so I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, is featured in Oxford University Press’ 50% off Christmas Sale.  That means you can pick up a copy for £30. It’s still pricier than a Stephen King paperback, I’m afraid (and […]

Listen to Prof John Brewer on Theology and Sociology

I posted last week about an event that was to take place in the Queen’s University Religious Studies Forum, a lecture by Prof John Brewer on Theology and Sociology. I’ve just received a comment on my post from ‘a student of sociology’ who has been searching for the lecture. The lecture was recorded, and all […]

QUB Religious Studies Forum Thurs 23 Nov: Responding to John Brewer on ‘Theology & Sociology’

I am looking forward to serving as the respondent to a lecture by Prof John Brewer on ‘Theology and Sociology’ this Thursday, 23 Nov, in the Queen’s University Religious Studies Forum Series on ‘Religion and the Disciplines.’ The event starts at 4.15 in the Senate Room, and is free and open to the public. Brewer […]

Bowdoin Report on How Some (But Only Some) Church Leaders Helped Build Peace in Northern Ireland

There is a report on the Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine, USA) webpage about a public lecture I gave there last month, ‘How Some (But Only Some) Church Leaders Helped Build Peace in Northern Ireland.’ Bowdoin College is the alma mater of Senator George J Mitchell, who chaired the peace talks that produced the 1998 Good […]