After Secularism: Rethinking Religion in Global Politics by Erin Wilson; Wilson to Speak at Belfast Conference, 3-5 September 2014

In September (3rd-5th), Belfast will host the bi-annual meeting of the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network, the theme of which is ‘Religion in the Public Domain.’ Among the keynote speakers is Dr Erin Wilson, the Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen in […]

4 Corners Networking–Weekly Feature on Faith Activism: Focolare Movement and its annual conference, 2-6 July in Ballycastle

This week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is the Focolare Movement. Focolare is a world-wide movement with various expressions throughout the island of Ireland. It describes itself as: An international group which takes its inspiration from Jesus’ last prayer, “May they all be one”, (Jn. 17:21). Its aim is to bring people […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: St Anne’s Cathedral

This week Fr Martin Magill returned to St Anne’s Cathedral for an early morning Palm Sunday service. In his account, I am struck by the breadth of people who were prayed for during the service, as well as Fr Magill’s continued prayer for the time when all Christians will be permitted to receive the Eucharist […]

The Deconstructed Church Arrives in Belfast: Advance Copies Available at Pete Rollins’ “Holy Ghost” Event

This week advance copies of my new book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, arrived in Belfast. Although the book won’t officially be published until May, I got a special dispensation from Oxford University Press to sell 25 advance copies at Pete Rollins’ “Holy Ghost” event, a “boutique arts and theo-poetic […]

Religion & Change in Modern Britain by Linda Woodhead and Rebecca Catto; Woodhead to Speak at Belfast Conference, 3-5 September 2014

In September (3rd-5th), Belfast will host the bi-annual meeting of the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network, the theme of which is ‘Religion in the Public Domain.’ Among the keynote speakers is Prof Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University), whose address will address ‘How Public Religion has changed now that ‘Church and State’ isn’t the […]

4 Corners Networking–Weekly Feature on Faith Activism: Fixers

This week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is Fixers. In a week in which a Belfast Telegraph poll reported that two-thirds of young people see their future outside of Northern Ireland, the work of Fixers – which focuses on 16-25 year-olds, seems even more relevant. The description of Fixers submitted to 4 […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Rev Heather Morris at CFC

This week Fr Martin Magill crossed town to visit the Christian Fellowship Church (CFC) in East Belfast, where Rev Heather Morris, President of the Methodist Church, was the guest speaker. Fr Magill describes a powerful service which included reflections on sectarianism, exhortations for Christians to commit to reconciliation, and an encouragement for the younger generation […]

Scottish Religious Cultures Network Launches Website

The new Scottish Religious Cultures Network (SRCN) has launched a website. SRCN is based at the University of Glasgow, but includes collaborators from across the UK and Ireland. It is funded by the Royals Society of Edinburgh’s research networking scheme. Although Scotland has never been the primary focus of my own research, I am part […]

The Churches and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland by Laura Coulter

The latest issue of Mediation Northern Ireland’s newsletter, Media-tion, features a contribution from Irish Churches Peace Project (ICPP) Good Relations Officer Laura Coulter, ‘The Churches and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland’ (page 8). With permission, I am reproducing it here. The ICPP has also recently set up a Facebook page, which features updates on its work […]

4 Corners Networking–Weekly Feature on Faith Activism: Evangelical Alliance

This week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland. When I was researching my Ph.D., which became my first book, Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland (Palgrave, 2008), Evangelical Alliance was one of the organisations which I studied. Along with Evangelical Contribution on Northern Ireland (ECONI, now Contemporary Christianity), […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Choral Evensong in St George’s, High Street

This Sunday Fr Martin Magill visited choral evensong at St George’s, High Street, for his ecumenical tithing. He describes a restful and moving service where he had a chance to renew an old acquaintance. St George’s is always worth a visit, for the beauty of the building and its quality music alone – quite apart […]