Lectio Divina Advent Retreat with Marie McStay in Portglenone, Sat 29 November

This Saturday 29 November Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey in Portglenone will host a Lectio Divina Advent Retreat, ‘Weaving the Word,’ with Marie McStay. I attended a similar workshop with McStay several years ago in Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor, and found it fascinating and insightful. The advent season is a perfect time to explore […]

Journeys of Faith on the island of Ireland: North & South: Talk in Lurgan 26 November

On Wednesday 26 November I’ll be giving a talk at the Jethro Centre, Flush Place, Lurgan at 8 pm on ‘Journeys of Faith on the island of Ireland: North & South.’ The talk will combine aspects of research from two of my books: Evangelical Journeys: Choice and Change in a Northern Irish Religious Subculture, co-authored […]

Fr Gerry Reynolds on the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II – “Let us not be the cause [of Christ’s] Weeping”

“The Church is a people called by God to be his own. [Vatican II] made an end to ‘them and us’. It brought us to recognise that the lamb of God has sacrificed himself for us all and made us all a line of kings and priests. It showed us that God has no favourites.” […]

Helping the Church to become Self-Critical: Association of Catholics in Ireland Event, 6 December in Belfast

The Association of Catholics in Ireland will host an open information event on the theme: ‘Helping the Church to become self-critical: Why the laity are best equipped for this role,’ on Saturday 6 December, 10.30 am-1.30 pm at Shalom House, 12 Cliftonville Road, Belfast. The event is free and everyone is welcome, and there will […]

Godly Mayhem and Radical Theology: A Weekend with Rollins, Moody and Elerick

This past weekend the Progressive Christian Network and Student Christian Movement of Britain hosted a joint conference in Swanwick titled ‘Godly Mayhem,’ featuring Peter Rollins, Katharine Sarah Moody and George Elerick. Regular readers of this blog are likely familiar with the work of Rollins, a Belfast-born philosopher-theologian and one of the founders of the ikon […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Combined Choirs in St George’s, Belfast

This week Fr Martin Magill returned to St George’s Church of Ireland in Belfast for choral evensong with combined choirs from Coleraine and Belfast. He describes how the beauty of the singing served as an aid to prayer and worship – which seems an especially timely reminder as we move towards the season of Advent. […]

Vatican II: 50th Anniversary Days of Celebration at Clonard, 20-23 November

Clonard Monastery in Belfast will host activities celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, 20-23 November. The events have a particular focus on Christian Unity, building on Clonard’s long-standing witness with its Unity Pilgrims and Reconciliation Project activities. November 2014 also marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Unity Pilgrims, who visited […]

Aidan Donaldson Book Review – Come Follow Me: Recalling the Dangerous Memory of Jesus and the Church Today

If you are looking for inspiration for a faith that gets up on its feet and lives out in the world, a good source is the latest book by Dr Aidan Donaldson, Come Follow Me: Recalling the Dangerous Memory of Jesus and the Church Today (Columba, 2012). Donaldson is chaplain at St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: People’s Church, Newtownabbey

This week Fr Martin Magill attended People’s Church in Newtownabbey for the first time. Pastor George McKimm preached on the signs of the times and the importance of being a ‘watchman,’ as well as sharing some stories about his personal conversion. Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: People’s Church, Newtownabbey This was my first visit to […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Shankill Methodist Church

This week Fr Martin Magill visited Shankill Methodist Church. The service included a question and answer with Rev Colin Duncan and his wife Brenda about their faith journeys and current work. Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Shankill Methodist Church The service began with Rev Jim Rea welcoming everyone, including visitors, to the church. This was […]