Rest and be Thankful: Autobiography of a Belfast Missionary – Daniel Cummings C.Ss.R, was published this year and launched at Clonard Monastery in July. The book chronicles the varied and fascinating childhood and religious career of Fr Cummings (1907-1977). It includes descriptions of his childhood in a troubled Belfast, his ministry at Clonard Monastery, the […]
The dates for the 2015-2016 season of the initiative, ‘In Joyful Hope: A New Step in Eucharistic Communion’, have been released. The first event takes place on Thursday 24 Sept at 8 pm in St Comgall’s Catholic Church, Brunswick Road, Bangor (BT20 3DS). In Joyful Hope has been up and running – relatively quietly and […]
Recently there have been two articles in the Belfast Telegraph about the closure of Trinity College Dublin’s Irish School of Ecumenics building on the Antrim Road in North Belfast. The most recent, an opinion piece by Alf McCreary, bore the headline: ‘Is Ecumenism and Peace only a Dream and Nothing More?’ I worked for the […]
Today is the UN’s International Day of Peace and there are a number of events happening locally. Fr Martin Magill has helped me compile a list of some of the events, which are included on the calendar feature of this blog. The Peace Day NI Twitter feed is here. The UN website reads: The theme […]
There is an opportunity for men between the ages of 18-40 to explore the possibility of a vocation at a day-long ‘Monastic Experience’ with the Benedictine monks at Holy Cross Monastery in Rostrevor, Saturday 26 September, 10am – 6 pm. The day includes an opportunity to meet and pray with the monks. There also will […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about the launch of the Compromise after Conflict research project’s web resource. The project was based at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Aberdeen and compared Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, reviewing a new film, ‘Waiting and Silence,’ which will be screened today (1 Aug) at Corrymeela’s Aperture Festival.