What can the Churches Learn from Zimbabwe’s Masowe Apostles?: Isabel Mukonyora Book Review, Wandering a Gendered Wilderness

image I’m intrigued by the astronomical growth of Christianity in the majority world, and I think it’s important that Christians in the West ask themselves what the churches in all the far-flung corners of the globe can teach us. That’s a … Read more...

EU Year Against Poverty & Social Exclusion: Social Justice Ireland Critiques the Irish Budget

Ireland’s economic miracle is over. And for those who were passed over by the Celtic Tiger, times could get even tougher.

image That’s the analysis offered by Social Justice Ireland (the organisation formerly known as the Council of Religious in Ireland … Read more...

Church Action Poverty: Northern Ireland Launch and Call to Action

“The churches in Northern Ireland are too posh-looking, their hedges are too high.”

imageThis was the assessment offered by Margaret Blair, a volunteer at The Gap Christian outreach project in Coleraine, speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence. Blair’s interview … Read more...

Dave Tomlinson Book Review – Re-Enchanting Christianity, & The Re-Emergence Conference (Belfast)

image Dave Tomlinson is one of the keynote speakers at the Belfast Re-Emergence Conference, ‘The Church is Dead, Long Live the Church,’ scheduled for March 16-18, 2010, at the Irish School of Ecumenics (Trinity College Dublin at Belfast). In his most … Read more...

Johnston McMaster Book Review: A Passion for Justice – Social Ethics in the Celtic Tradition

 image The ancient Celtic world and its larger-than-life inhabitants have too often been manipulated for political and religious ends. A glance at some of the gable walls of Northern Ireland’s cities make that all too clear.

But the Celtic tradition … Read more...

Pat Robertson on Haiti Earthquake: Knowing the Mind of God

image American televangelist Pat Robertson has declared that the earthquake in Haiti was a direct result of a ‘pact’ Haitians had made with the devil. He also said it is a ‘blessing in disguise’ for the beleaguered nation.

Robertson, a … Read more...

New Monasticism Comes to Ireland: Dublin Event with Douglas Burton Christie, 16 January 2010

image If old forms of Christianity in Ireland are passing away, there are new expressions of this ancient faith emerging throughout the island. One of these expressions, ‘new monasticism,’ will be explored in a one-day conference in Dublin on 16 January … Read more...

Contemplating Ireland’s Apathy: Do Irish Citizens Want a Say in their Future?

There is a stunning lack of accountability in Ireland. It doesn’t have to be that way. Writing in today’s Irish Times, columnist Elaine Byrne recounts how an indignant and industrious Icelandic citizenry has peacefully and effectively achieved meaningful political change … Read more...

Peter Rollins Book Review, The Orthodox Heretic: Reading ‘Impossible Tales’ at Christmas

image At the centre of many Christians’ conceptions of Christmas is a story about how Jesus’ birth came to pass. The gospel writers supply different stories about Jesus’ birth and its significance – for instance, Luke emphasises Jesus’ humble origins and … Read more...