Archive | Social Justice

Dialogue between the Religious and the Secular: ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ Workshop, 23 March in Queen’s

I’ll be participating in a workshop on ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ on Friday 23 March, 11 am- 5 pm, in the Old Staff Common Room at Queen’s University Belfast. The workshop hopes to promote ‘constructive engagement and dialogue between secularists and religious believers, in order to imagine an alternative narrative for our day.’ The workshop […]

The Life and Legacy of Billy Graham – In Conversation on Radio Ulster

Following the death of American evangelist Billy Graham last week, I took part in a conversation about his life and legacy on Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence. You can listen to it here as the first item on the BBC’s Everyday Ethics podcast:   The other contributors were Stefan Andreasson, a political economist, and Chris […]

‘… We have politics that is almost devoid of consistent Christian or gospel values, yet which is endorsed by thousands of Christian people’ – Rev Norman Hamilton

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, about Rev Norman Hamilton’s remarks at the prayer breakfast in advance of next month’s 4 Corners Festival (1-11 February).

Prayer for the 4 Corners Festival (1-11 Feb): Now. Here. This.

This morning, about 100 people from Belfast and beyond gathered in the Spectrum Centre on the Shankill for a prayer breakfast in advance of next month’s 4 Corners Festival (1-11 February). Click here to read more, including what speaker Rev Norman Hamilton had to say; and to join in a prayer for the festival.

Review of Emmanuel Katongole’s The Journey of Reconciliation on Catholic Books Review

My review of Emmanuel Katongole’s latest book, The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for a New Creation in Africa (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2017), has been published on the ‘Catholic Books Review’ website. You can read the full review here, or reproduced below. I urge you to check out the Catholic Books Review site – there is an […]

How about a Great Green Wall? Fr Patrick Devine and the Shalom Center: Living out the ‘Church Without Walls’ in Africa

While walls of all sorts have been making headlines lately, there’s one that hasn’t gotten quite as much publicity – but has the potential to transform life in Africa. Fr Patrick Devine, a priest in the Society of African Missions (SMA) and founder of the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Kenya, spoke […]

50% off ‘Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland’ in Oxford’s Christmas Sale

I’ve long lamented the high price of academic books, so I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, is featured in Oxford University Press’ 50% off Christmas Sale.  That means you can pick up a copy for £30. It’s still pricier than a Stephen King paperback, I’m afraid (and […]

QUB Religious Studies Forum Thurs 23 Nov: Responding to John Brewer on ‘Theology & Sociology’

I am looking forward to serving as the respondent to a lecture by Prof John Brewer on ‘Theology and Sociology’ this Thursday, 23 Nov, in the Queen’s University Religious Studies Forum Series on ‘Religion and the Disciplines.’ The event starts at 4.15 in the Senate Room, and is free and open to the public. Brewer […]

Bowdoin Report on How Some (But Only Some) Church Leaders Helped Build Peace in Northern Ireland

There is a report on the Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine, USA) webpage about a public lecture I gave there last month, ‘How Some (But Only Some) Church Leaders Helped Build Peace in Northern Ireland.’ Bowdoin College is the alma mater of Senator George J Mitchell, who chaired the peace talks that produced the 1998 Good […]