Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Prof John Lennox at All Saint’s

This weekend for his ecumenical tithing Fr Martin Magill visited All Saint’s Church in Belfast, which hosted a special event with Professor John Lennox, professor of mathematics at Oxford University. Prof Lennox discussed the relationship between faith and science and made a case for Christianity as a viable alternative to the materialist philosophy and approach […]

Belfast Telegraph Features Irish School of Ecumenics’ Geraldine Smyth

The news that BBC journalist Martina Purdy has chosen to enter religious life, joining a convent in West Belfast, has generated significant discussion in the local media over the last week. Yesterday, the Belfast Telegraph ran a feature story titled ‘The sister stories: What will ex-BBC journalist Martina Purdy’s new life in a religious community […]

Course on Remembering a Decade of Change and Violence in Ireland with McMaster and Higgins Starts 21 October

I have a post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about an education and training programme delivered by Rev Dr Johnston McMaster and Dr Cathy Higgins, ‘Remembering a Decade of Change and Violence in Ireland, 1912-1922,’ that will run for seven Tuesday evenings between 6.00-9.30 pm. For more information, visit Slugger.

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Mental Health at Fitzroy Presbyterian

I know many readers have missed Fr Martin Magill’s weekly account of his ecumenical tithing. Fr Magill had been somewhat under the weather but it is great to have him back, and writing this week about his visit to an evening service at Fitzroy Presbyterian which focused on mental health. Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: […]

Interview about the Emerging Church on the Religious Studies Podcast

An interview with me about the emerging church movement has been published in the Religious Studies Project’s podcast series. The interview draws heavily on the research Gerardo Marti and I conducted for our recent book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford, 2014). The interview was conducted by Christopher Cotter and explores questions such as: […]

Take the Survey on the (Male-only Permanent) Diaconate in Ireland

Two grassroots Catholic associations, We are Church and the Association of Catholics in Ireland, are conducting an online survey on the Diaconate in Ireland. The survey comes just weeks after a protest group in Co. Clare challenged Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly over the plan to introduce the male-only permanent diaconate in Killaloe diocese. The […]

Remembering, Forgiving & Forgetting at Queen’s, 24 Oct: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about the ‘Remembering, Forgiving and Forgetting’ civic conversation to be held at Queen’s on 24 October. It draws on the remarks of Alan McBride from WAVE and Kieran McAvoy of Queen’s at the event last month that launched the series of civic conversations.  (Image of Alan […]

Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties Report Published: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, reporting on the publication of the Open University’s ‘Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties’ Report. The report is available in full. OU’s Prof John Wolffe and Dr Gavin Moorhead are the principal authors of the report, which has been crafted through a series of interviews and […]

Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland – Available at a Discount

I recently learned that there were a couple spare copies of my 2008 book, Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland (Palgrave 2008), resting idle at the Irish School of Ecumenics at the Trinity College campus in Dublin, left over from the Dublin book launch way back in 2009. It’s a hardback academic book and sells […]