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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 […]

Review of Padraig O Tuama’s ‘In the Shelter’: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Nourishing Reading for the Season: Pádraig Ó Tuama’s ‘In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World.’

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, […]

The Elephant in the Church by Mary T. Malone: Book Review

The Elephant in the Church: A Woman’s Tract for Our Times (Columba 2014), the latest book by Mary T. Malone, is a passionately-argued, historically-grounded plea for women to have equal voices and positions in the Catholic Church. Malone retired home to Ireland in 1997 after teaching almost 40 years in Canada in Toronto’s St Augustine […]