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Review of The Deconstructed Church in Church History by Randall Reed – ‘a masterful explanation of a potentially important movement’

The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford University Press), my 2014 book co-authored with Gerardo Marti, has been reviewed in Church History (March 2017) by Dr Randall Reed, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University. Gerardo and I have been gratified that the book has been reviewed in so many scholarly and […]

Book Review: KS Moody’s Radical Theology and Emerging Christianity – A Must-Read

If you are interested in the Emerging Church Movement (ECM) and haven’t yet had a chance to read Katharine Sarah Moody’s Radical Theology and Emerging Christianity: Deconstruction, Materialism and Religious Practices (Ashgate, 2015), you should definitely add it to your summer reading list. It is a ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in the ECM. The book […]

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 […]

The Absurdity of De-Institutionalised Religion: Peter Rollins’ Wake Festival

Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking about my research at philosopher-theologian Peter Rollins’ annual festival in Belfast. The theme this year is ‘Wake’ and most talks feature theological exploration, ranging from Rollins’ own work to that of other ‘radical’ theologians. Other events include art, music, magic, comedy, whisky tasting, and tours. A sociologist of religion like me doesn’t often […]

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 […]

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 […]

Insights from ‘Ministry on a Wounded and Wonderful Island’ at the 4 Corners Festival

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice hosted an event in the 4 Corners Festival, ‘Ministry on a Wounded and Wonderful Island,’ on Thursday 9 February. Seminarians and young clergy from the Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian traditions were invited to listen to the stories of four clergy […]

Mark Noll in Belfast – 2-7 February

Acclaimed American historian of religion Mark Noll is visiting Belfast, and there are several opportunities to hear him speak over the next few days. In 2005, Mark Noll was named as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America by Time magazine. Recently retired from the chair as Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at […]