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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 […]

Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties Report Published: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, reporting on the publication of the Open University’s ‘Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties’ Report. The report is available in full. OU’s Prof John Wolffe and Dr Gavin Moorhead are the principal authors of the report, which has been crafted through a series of interviews and […]

New Post on Slugger O’Toole: Constitutions and Culture Wars

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Constitutions and Culture Wars: Institute for British Irish Studies Conference at UCD. The conference marked the retirement of UCD Prof of Politics John Coakley, founding director of IBIS, and featured many of the leading social scientists working on the island of Ireland.