The Spring 2017 edition of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, is a special issue on ‘The Future of Irish Catholicism.’ My article on ‘Ireland as a Post-Catholic Religious Market?’ is one among eight contributions that reflect on the current religious landscape and, in particular, the challenges facing Irish Catholicism. You can purchase the edition for […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘On Mary Peters’ Elevation to Companion of Honour.’ The photo is me with Mary Peters, after I won a 10km race held in honour of her 70th birthday back in 2009.
This week readers will have missed Fr Martin Magill’s regular post about his ecumenical tithing. That’s because he has been on retreat since Sunday evening at Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor, Co. Down. Many readers will be familiar with the story of the Rostrevor Benedictines, which is told in a book I’ve reviewed, and […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Celebrating Northern Ireland’s Olympic Past and Future in Antrim and Dervock.’ While this departs from the theme of the Church Without Walls blog, some readers may be interested to know that: This week features two events highlighting Northern Ireland’s Olympic past and future in athletics. […]
Many sports autobiographies feature a religious or spiritual element, but long-distance runner Alberto Salazar’s 14 Minutes: A Running Legend’s Life and Death and Life (Rodale 2012), has the rather unique hook that its author was clinically dead for 14 minutes, but lived to tell the tale. In 2007, at age 48, Salazar collapsed while walking […]
Last summer, a student from France came to interview me about my work and research in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at the Irish School of Ecumenics. Eventually, he asked me a question about integration in my own personal life. Despite all my school’s contacts with churches and community groups doing much good work for reconciliation, […]
I spend a lot of my leisure time running. Along with a teammate, Marty Rea, from my club, North Belfast Harriers, I’ve been asked to be an ambassador for the official charity for the 2012 Belfast City Marathon: the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. I’ve written previously on this blog about the Belfast City Marathon, and […]
There are four events scheduled for Thursday 29 September in Belfast that are of great interest to me, and therefore also potentially of interest to readers of this blog. The biggest problem is how to choose where to go! Concerned citizens of Belfast and beyond can choose from the following: A Screening of ‘Unheard Voices’ […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog on the 30th anniversary of the Belfast City Marathon. It may not be obviously related to ‘building a church without walls,’ but it may be of interest to some all the same. Happy Running!
I’ve reviewed the new book by the Irish Times’ athletics correspondent, Ian O’Riordan, Miles to Run, Promises to Keep on the Slugger O’Toole blog.
I blogged previously about the controversy around moving the Belfast City Marathon from Bank Holiday Monday to a Sunday. The Alan in Belfast blog has a constructive and thought-provoking new post on this topic.