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The Future of Irish Catholicism: Special Issue of Studies

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 […]

On Retreat with Fr Martin Magill: Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery

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 […]

New Post on Slugger O’Toole: Celebrating Northern Ireland’s Olympic Past and Future

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. […]

Alberto Salazar’s 14 Minutes: Book Review – The Miracle of Everyday Faith?

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 […]

Picking up the Pieces Through Sport in Northern Ireland

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, […]

Thursday 29 September in Belfast – Looking for an Evening Out? Spoiled for Choice

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’ […]