Fr Daniel Cummings on a Young Ian Paisley – from new book ‘Rest and be Thankful’

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 […]

In Joyful Hope: Eucharistic Communion Celebration Resumes Thursday 24 Sept in Bangor

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 […]

Is ecumenism and peace only a dream?

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 […]

Exploring Vocation with the Rostrevor Benedictines – 26 Sept

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 […]

Compromise after Conflict Web Resource – New Post on Slugger O’Toole

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.

The Deconstructed Church Reviewed by James Spickard in American Journal of Sociology

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 profile. There are selected excerpts below. Review by James Spickard, American Journal of Sociology What should a relevant Christianity […]

Review of Sub-Saharan Africa Between Conflict and Reconciliation by Rita Schafer on Welt-Sichten

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 […]

50 Years of Corrymeela: Does Faith-Based Reconciliation Work? Conversation on Sunday Sequence

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 […]

The Last Three Days with Rodrigo Gularte – Part III

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 […]