‘Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties: Implications for the Northern Ireland Churches’: Part I

Yesterday the Open University in Belfast hosted a seminar on ‘Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties: Implications for the Northern Ireland Churches.’ The seminar was based on the results of a research project, headed by Prof John Wolffe, which has resulted in a report aimed at policy makers and more general readers. Clergy and representatives of […]

Joyeux Noel at the Strand, 9 December, in support of 4 Corners Festival

There will be a screening of Joyeux Noel, a 2005 French film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, on Tuesday 9 December at 7 pm at the Strand Arts Centre, Holywood Road, Belfast. The truce is depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers. On that Christmas Eve, the Germans, French, […]

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 […]