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And No Religion Too … Selected Insights from Workshop on Nones in Selected Countries

Last week I presented a paper at a workshop on ‘Nones in Selected Countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US – a Comparison,’ at the Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence at the University of Muenster, Germany. My paper was titled ‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the ending of Ethno-Religious Violence […]

Workshop on Nones in Selected Countries, Muenster, 4-5 May

I’m in Muenster today and tomorrow for a workshop on ‘Nones’ in selected countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US: A Comparison. It’s hosted by the ‘Religion and Politics’ Cluster of Excellence at Muenster University. I’m presenting my paper today on ‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence […]

Free Lunch & Discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Freedom of Religion on Campus and in the Community,’ 26 April at Queen’s

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 […]

Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? Keynote at ICC’s AGM

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 […]

With Linda Woodhead and Stefania Palmisano – Women between Religion and Spirituality, 12 December in Padova

On Monday I spoke on ‘Spiritualities of Women Religious Peacebuilders: Mapping a Research Agenda,’ at an international workshop on ‘Women between Religion and Spirituality’, at the Human Rights Centre, University of Padova, Italy. Giuseppe Giordan organised and moderated the event, which included papers by Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University) on ‘Religion, Spirituality and ‘No Religion’,’ and Stefania […]

The Deconstructed Church at the American Academy of Religion – Report on Authors Meet Critics Session

I was delighted that my book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford, 2014) was selected for an Authors meet Critics panel at the conference of the American Academy of Religion, 19-22 November in San Antonio. The panel included: Chair: Melissa Snarr (Vanderbilt), and Discussants: Douglas Gay (Glasgow), Matthew Guest (Durham), […]

The Deconstructed Church: Reviewed in Ecclesial Practices by Ralph Kunz

My 2014 book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, co-authored by Gerardo Marti, has been reviewed by Ralph Kunz of the University of Zurich in the academic journal Ecclesial Practices (2016, V3(1): 150-153). You can read the full review on academia.edu. I have reproduced some excerpts below. The Deconstructed Church Reviewed by Ralph Kunz In the basement of a pub […]

Canon Giles Fraser to Speak on Refugees at St George’s, Belfast, 22 April

Canon Giles Fraser will speak on ‘Refugees: An Old Testament Perspective’ on Friday 22 April at 7.30pm at St George’s, Belfast. The lecture is part of St George’s Bicentenary Celebrations, 2013-2016. Fraser was formerly Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he welcomed the Occupy protesters and invited them to attend Sunday worship. He is now […]

The Deconstructed Church: Freestyle Christianity Podcast

I recently spoke with David Capener for the Freestyle Christianity Podcast about the book I co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford, 2014). You can listen to the podcast here. Some of the areas we discussed are expressed in the following extracts/paraphrased quotations: I write as an academic sociologist of religion, […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – How can ‘The Salt of the Earth’ best ‘Proclaim the Mighty Acts of God’?

Today is the first day of the annual world-wide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18-25 January, which is book-ended by the octave of Saints Peter and Paul. This year’s theme, chosen by the Latvian churches, is ‘Salt of the Earth.’ This theme is inspired by Jesus’ metaphors of salt and light (Matthew 5:13-15) 13 “You […]