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 […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Review of Embodied Peacebuilding by Leah Robinson – A Theology of Reconciliation that is not Practical is not Reconciliation at all.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I was interviewed by the Swedish newspaper ‘Dagen’ (which translates as ‘Day’) on religion and current issues in Northern Ireland, including the recent elections and the Brexit vote. The story was published with the headline, ‘Spänningarna ökar i Nordirland – återigen’, or: ‘Tensions are increasing in Northern Ireland – Again.’ The full story is of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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” […]