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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 […]

Caring for Carers? 4 Corners, Cliftonville FC & Rethinking Public Policy: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Caring for Carers? 4 Corners, Cliftonville FC & Rethinking Public Policy (Image sourced on 4 Corners Festival webpage. Front, left to right: Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, Rev Steve Stockman (4 Corners), Gerard Lawlor (Cliftonville FC), Joe Gormely (Clinftonville FC), Fr Martin Magill (4 Corners); Back, left […]

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 www.4cornersfestival.com.

Has the Ecumenical Movement a Future? Rev Prof John Thompson Booklet Still Relevant for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionally celebrated during the octave of St Peter and St Paul (18-25 January), is underway. The theme for 2017 is “Crossing Barriers,” and the materials were prepared by the churches in Germany. Using 2 Corinthians 5:14-20 as a reference point, Germany’s Christians chose to focus on dividing “walls” […]

Joram Tarusarira on Fr Gerry Reynolds: Lessons for Global Conflicts

Dr Joram Tarusarira, Assistant Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, has written a post on ‘The Religion Factor’ blog in memory of the first anniversary of the death of Fr Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery in Belfast. The post, ‘Remembering the Peacemaker Priest in Northern Ireland: Fr […]

Remembering Fr Gerry Reynolds on his First Anniversary – Trailblazer for Reconciliation

Today is the first anniversary of the death of Fr Gerry Reynolds. Gerry was a Redemptorist priest based at Clonard Monastery in Belfast. His gentle, pastoral manner earned him the affection and respect of those who encountered him, while his contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process earned him international acclaim when the Clonard Monastery-Fitzroy […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: A Contribution from the Fermanagh Churches Forum

  Last week I was invited to speak about my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity,’ at the Annual General Meeting of the Fermanagh Churches Forum (FCF) at the Bridge Centre, Enniskillen. FCF was one of the main case studies in the book, so I was delighted to be able to […]

Rev Ken Newell’s Captured by a Vision: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a review of Rev Ken Newell’s book, ‘Captured by a Vision.’  Newell, a former minister at Fitzroy Presbyterian in Belfast, is best-known for his ecumenical peacemaking during the Troubles. Newell partnered with his friend the late Fr Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery, and a group […]

CRC Award for Civic Leadership for Magill & Stockman: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about the Community Relations Award for Civic Leadership, which was this week presented to Fr Martin Magill and Rev Steve Stockman — friends and collaborators on the 4 Corners Festival. I focus on how they make relationships the foundation for Christian peacebuilding. Photo, l to […]