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Response to ‘The Signs of Our Times’ in A Dialogue of Hope: Christianity Meets Civic Republicanism?

On Friday I had the opportunity to respond to the opening chapter in a new book edited by Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, A Dialogue of Hope: Critical Thinking for Critical Times (Messenger Publications, 2017). There was a discussion workshop about the book at Queen’s University called, ‘Hope in Turbulent Times,’ the aim of which was to promote ‘constructive […]

Dialogue between the Religious and the Secular: ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ Workshop, 23 March in Queen’s

I’ll be participating in a workshop on ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ on Friday 23 March, 11 am- 5 pm, in the Old Staff Common Room at Queen’s University Belfast. The workshop hopes to promote ‘constructive engagement and dialogue between secularists and religious believers, in order to imagine an alternative narrative for our day.’ The workshop […]

Bertie Ahern: Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland – New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about Bertie Ahern’s ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland.’ It is based on Ahern’s closing lecture in the Spring Festival of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s yesterday evening.

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.

Response to Dr Jenny Taylor’s Catherwood Lecture, ‘When Words Fail …’

I was a respondent to Dr Jenny Taylor’s Catherwood Lecture, ‘When Words Fail: Religious Literacy and Post-Multicultural Possibilities’ on Thursday evening. The Catherwood Lecture is an annual event organised by Contemporary Christianity. You can read my short summary of Taylor’s main points here, and my own remarks below. (I shortened remarks on the evening, so I […]

Catherwood Lecture in Public Theology on Thursday: Jenny Taylor on Religious Literacy & Post-Multicultural Possibilities

Contemporary Christianity’s annual Catherwood Lecture in Public Theology will take place Thursday 16 April at 8 pm (7.30 for tea and coffee) at the Agape Centre, 238 Lisburn Road in Belfast. Dr Jenny Taylor,  a cultural analyst, journalist, author and founder of Lapido Media, a consultancy specialising in religious literacy in world affairs, will speak […]

Rev Dr Johnston McMaster on ‘Faith as a Social Ethic in a Divided Society’ at the Irish Churches Peace Project Conference

Rev Dr Johnston McMaster, who works on the Junction’s ‘Ethical and Shared Remembering’ project, spoke on ‘Faith as a Social Ethic in a Divided Society,’ Friday at the Irish Churches Peace Project (ICPP) ‘Faithful Peacebuilding’ conference at the Hilton in Templepatrick. The ICPP is winding down after a roughly 2.5 year, £1.3 million programme funded […]

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 […]