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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 […]

Blessed are the Peacemakers – New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about the Blessed are the Peacemakers event at the 4 Corners Festival, ‘On behalf of churches, let me say sorry for the times we said to victims, “you must forgive.”’ – Rev Karen Sutheraman at the 4 Corners Festival.

‘… We have politics that is almost devoid of consistent Christian or gospel values, yet which is endorsed by thousands of Christian people’ – Rev Norman Hamilton

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, about Rev Norman Hamilton’s remarks at the prayer breakfast in advance of next month’s 4 Corners Festival (1-11 February).

How about a Great Green Wall? Fr Patrick Devine and the Shalom Center: Living out the ‘Church Without Walls’ in Africa

While walls of all sorts have been making headlines lately, there’s one that hasn’t gotten quite as much publicity – but has the potential to transform life in Africa. Fr Patrick Devine, a priest in the Society of African Missions (SMA) and founder of the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Kenya, spoke […]

Priests of the Future? Fathers Pat and Gerry Reynolds

There’s a moving tribute to a priest in today’s Irish Times, written by a chaplain, Michael Commane, who encountered Fr Pat Reynolds during his final days in Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin. Commane’s reflections on Reynolds’ last days remind us that while the institutional Catholic Church seems to have let so many people down, there are […]

50% off ‘Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland’ in Oxford’s Christmas Sale

I’ve long lamented the high price of academic books, so I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, is featured in Oxford University Press’ 50% off Christmas Sale.  That means you can pick up a copy for £30. It’s still pricier than a Stephen King paperback, I’m afraid (and […]

Bowdoin Report on How Some (But Only Some) Church Leaders Helped Build Peace in Northern Ireland

There is a report on the Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine, USA) webpage about a public lecture I gave there last month, ‘How Some (But Only Some) Church Leaders Helped Build Peace in Northern Ireland.’ Bowdoin College is the alma mater of Senator George J Mitchell, who chaired the peace talks that produced the 1998 Good […]

‘John Calvin, Pray for Us’: Fr Gerry Reynolds and the Reformation in Ireland; & Panel Discussion Tomorrow on Talkback

  On Wednesday, my contribution to Evangelical Alliance’s ‘500 Project’ will be published. The 500 Project is a series of blog posts marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and considering its legacy on the island of Ireland and beyond. My post will be titled, ‘John Calvin, Pray for Us: Fr Gerry Reynolds and the […]

Review of Maher and O’Brien’s ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism’

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Beyond the Abuse Scandals? Review of Maher and O’Brien’s ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne and Beyond.’