Archive | Ecumenism

The Launch of a book about Alec Reid, Hopes for a book about Gerry Reynolds

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, reporting on former Irish president Mary McAleese’s launch of ‘One Man, One God: The Peace Ministry of Fr Alec Reid CSsR.’ The book was written by Fr Martin McKeever, a fellow Redemptorist. Reid (1931-2013) played a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process. He […]

Doherty to Talk on Dan Cummings’ ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, 31 May

Rosemary Doherty, whose efforts insured that the excellent autobiography of her late uncle Fr Dan Cummings CSsR, was published in 2015, will be giving a talk about the book on Wednesday 31 May, 7.30 pm, in Clonard Monastery in Belfast. Cummings was part of the liberation forces at Belsen Concentration Camp. Two artefacts from the Camp (a […]

Ministering in the Troubles Panel Discussion – 18 May in Fitzroy, Belfast

The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland has organised a special event on ‘Ministering in the Troubles’ on Thursday 18 May at 8 pm in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street, Belfast. It will feature a panel discussion and question time with ministers Dr John Dunlop, Dr Ken Newell, Dr Godfrey Brown, Dr Lesley Carroll, and author […]

From Religious Illiteracy to Muslim Prayer Rooms – Exploring Religious Freedom in Northern Ireland

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice’s Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation opened yesterday (26 April) with a panel discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Religious Freedom on Campus and in the Community.’ The full festival programme can be found here. I organised and chaired the panel. The idea for the event was […]

Free Lunch & Discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Freedom of Religion on Campus and in the Community,’ 26 April at Queen’s

In March 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that employers could ban staff from wearing religious and political symbols. This ruling highlights how fears of religious radicalisation and threats to religious freedom are common across Europe. The ruling also raises questions about discrimination against Muslim women in particular. The Senator George […]

How did Presbyterians Respond to the Troubles? Apply for a 6-Month Post-Doc Post with the Presbyterian Church (based at Queen’s) and me

I am really excited to be the principal researcher on a new project, ‘Reconciliation through Dealing with the Past: Learning from Presbyterian Responses to the Troubles.’ We are now advertising for a post-doctoral research fellow to assist with interviewing around 100 Presbyterians, who will tell their stories about their experiences of the Troubles. Interviews will […]

Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? Keynote at ICC’s AGM

I was the keynote speaker at today’s Annual General Meeting of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) at Belfast Central Mission. My address was titled, ‘Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? The Sociological Reasons for Hope.’ I have reproduced the introduction to my address below. You can read the full text here: ICC […]

‘To have that Image in your mind is Powerful and Transformative’ – Discussion on Faith in Northern Ireland on All Things Considered, BBC Radio Wales

  I was part of a discussion on ‘Faith in Northern Ireland’ on Sunday’s BBC Radio Wales religious affairs programme, All Things Considered, hosted by Roy Jenkins. The other panellists were Rev Brian Anderson, a Methodist minister and Vice President of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC), and Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela […]

Fr Patrick Devine on Conflict Transformation in Eastern Africa

This week (22 March), the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice hosted Fr Patrick Devine for a lecture on “Inter-Ethnic Conflict Transformation Methods: Applications in Eastern Africa.” Fr Devine is the founder of the Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Nairobi, Kenya, an inter-religious organization pioneering conflict transformation […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland Reviewed in Reviews in Religion & Theology by Vladimir Kmec

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, has been reviewed by Vladimir Kmec in the academic journal Reviews in Religion and Theology (January 2017, 24(1), pp. 98-101). Kmec is a Government of Ireland Post Doctoral Researcher at University College Dublin, focusing on Religion, Ethnicity and Migration: Contested Politics of Diversity and Belonging. He also is affiliated with […]