Archive | Music and Spirituality

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 […]

New Post on Slugger O’Toole: Launch of the 4 Corners Festival, Our Wounded & Wonderful City, 3-12 Feb

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about the launch of the 4 Corners Festival. This year’s Festival runs 3-12 Feb and the theme is ‘Our Wounded and Wonderful City.’ The full programme can be accessed at

Launch of The Art of Listening – What will we hear at the 2016 Four Corners Festival? New Post on Slugger O’Toole

You can read my report about the launch of the 2016 Four Corners Festival on the Slugger O’Toole blog. This year’s theme is ‘the art of listening.’

4 Corners Festival – The Art of Listening 28 January- 7 February – Programme Announced

The fourth annual Four Corners Festival is set for 28 January – 7 February and once again the people of Belfast are invited to consider what boundaries they might cross through attending events at the festival and engaging with the people they meet there. This year’s theme is ‘the art of listening’ and the events […]

Discovery Gospel Choir to Perform Juneteenth, 13 June in Belfast

Discovery Gospel Choir, a Dublin-based group featuring 35 members from nations across the world, in partnership with Christian Aid, will perform Juneteenth: 150 Years of Freedom – a concert to celebrate the ending of slavery in the United States, on Saturday 13 June at 8 pm in Fisherwick Presbyterian, Belfast. Tickets can be purchased at the door for […]

A Quick Journey Through the Psalms Begins Monday 8 June

The Monday nights in June at Sacred Heart Parish in North Belfast (Glenview Street) will be dedicated to deepening an appreciation of the 150 psalms with a special programme called ‘A Quick Journey Through the Psalms.’ Guest speakers include Rev Steve Stockman (Fitzroy Presbyterian), Breige O’Hare (, Rabbi David Singer, and Rev Arlene Moore (Church of […]

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Launch of Steve Stockman’s Poetry Books

This week for his ecumenical tithing Fr Martin Magill returned to Fitzroy Presbyterian Church for the launch of two books of poetry by Rev Steve Stockman: Awkward Dancers & Audacious Dreamers and Reflections, Poems and Benedictions. Fr Magill responded with a poem of his own about the event. His poem is followed by further information […]

The 4 Corners Festival: Imagining Belfast Without Walls …

At the launch of the 4 Corners Festival on Friday, Chris Wilson performed a new song written for the festival, ‘Imagine Belfast Without Walls,’ based on a poem by Rev Steve Stockman, one of the founders of the festival. Given the ‘Building a Church Without Walls’ theme of this blog, the song resonated with me, […]

4 Corners Festival (29 January-8 February) Aims to Inspire Generosity and Imagination – Launch with Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon on 23 January at Belfast City Hall

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon will host the launch of the annual 4 Corners Festival on Friday 23 January at 11 am in the Mayor’s Parlour at Belfast City Hall. Now in its third year, the events of this year’s festival focus on the themes of generosity and imagination. The programme is wide-ranging, including art exhibitions […]