Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Read the First Chapter for Free!

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, is due to be published in a few weeks by Oxford University Press (OUP). OUP has made the first chapter available for free on their website – click here on the PDF symbol labelled ‘sample material’. You can already purchase Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland as an e-book on […]

Lessons from the Canadian TRC: Reconciling with God?

As part of my ongoing research, I’ve been reading the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which is concerned with the abuse of Aboriginal people in residential schools. Most of those schools were church-run and the role of Christianity (including how religious institutions and religious ideas facilitated abuse) is analysed in the […]

Captured by a Vision at the 4 Corners Festival – New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Captured by a Vision at the 4 Corners Festival,’ based on the Rev Ken Newell’s reading from his memoirs. 

Launch of The Art of Listening – What will we hear at the 2016 Four Corners Festival? New Post on Slugger O’Toole

You can read my report about the launch of the 2016 Four Corners Festival on the Slugger O’Toole blog. This year’s theme is ‘the art of listening.’

Focolare and the Gift of Unity – 24 January in Belfast

Focolare will host ‘an afternoon around the fireplace’ on ‘The Gift of Unity’ on Sunday 24 January, 2.30-5.30 pm at Sacred Heart Hall, 1b Glenview Street, Belfast, BT14 4DP. The event comes during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and will feature a special programme for children and young people. People from the Focolare […]

Dramatizing 1916 – Halfway House by Philip Orr Now Running

A new play exploring the legacy of 1916, Halfway House, is now running in venues across Northern Ireland (18-26 January). Admission is free or a recommended donation of just £5 in all venues. The play is the latest by Philip Orr, and is a project of Contemporary Christianity. Set in 1966 in the context of the 50th anniversary […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – How can ‘The Salt of the Earth’ best ‘Proclaim the Mighty Acts of God’?

Today is the first day of the annual world-wide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18-25 January, which is book-ended by the octave of Saints Peter and Paul. This year’s theme, chosen by the Latvian churches, is ‘Salt of the Earth.’ This theme is inspired by Jesus’ metaphors of salt and light (Matthew 5:13-15) 13 “You […]

4 Corners Festival – The Art of Listening 28 January- 7 February – Programme Announced

The fourth annual Four Corners Festival is set for 28 January – 7 February and once again the people of Belfast are invited to consider what boundaries they might cross through attending events at the festival and engaging with the people they meet there. This year’s theme is ‘the art of listening’ and the events […]

Defining Reconciliation: The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Lessons for the Irish Churches?

Last month, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada published its final report. It focuses on the abuse of First Nations children in residential schools – which were operated by the churches in concert with the Government. I intend to study the TRC and its aftermath carefully, and reflect on what lessons might be learned for […]

A Year to Remember: 1916

I’ve been quiet on the blog of late as I just completed my last month of maternity leave and celebrated the Christmas holidays. Rather belatedly, I’m writing my first post of 2016 as I start back into work and get stuck in to my agenda as a Research Fellow in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s. […]