‘Apocalyptic beliefs are one of this island’s most successful exports.’ That was one of the closing lines of a keynote address given by Prof Crawford Gribben of the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast, at the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Conference at UCD (10-12 May 2013). ISASR [...]
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Michael McRay will discuss and read excerpts from his book, Letters from Apartheid Street: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine, at 7 pm on Tuesday 26 March at St Oliver Plunkett in Lenadoon, Belfast. The event is titled, ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers,’ and will include a question and response session. Letters from Apartheid Street will [...]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a review of Religion, Ex-Combatants and Peace in Northern Ireland by John Brewer, David Mitchell and Gerard Leavey.
I’ve written a review of Johnston McMaster’s latest book, Overcoming Violence: Dismantling an Irish History and Theology – An Alternative Vision (Columba, 2012), on the Slugger O’Toole blog.
“This book is a must for the desk of every pastor, priest and teacher. It ought to be available to every serious student of religion and ethics. … [It is a] manual for those of us who wish to overcome violence and to pray for and work for a lasting peace on this island.” That’s [...]
What do people need to help them process the trauma they have experienced during conflict? The answer to that question will not be the same for everyone. Over the last few weeks, I’ve highlighted the insights from the RTE Radio One ‘Picking up the Pieces’ series, which features the grassroots peacebuilding work of groups throughout [...]
A new six-part series on the aftermath of the Northern Ireland peace process, ‘Picking up the Pieces,’ got underway on RTE Radio One on Saturday. The series is presented by Barbara Walshe, a graduate of my School’s Reconciliation Studies programme. The series had an intriguing start with a programme on the reconciliation work of ex-prisoners. [...]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a book review of Douglas Murray’s book, Bloody Sunday: Truth, Lies and the Saville Inquiry.
I’ve reviewed Martyn Frampton’s new book, Legion of the Rearguard: Dissident Irish Republicanism, on the Slugger O’Toole blog.
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Do Words Matter?: Book Review of Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution – Debating Peace in Northern Ireland. The book is edited by Katy Hayward and Catherine O’Donnell and I contributed a chapter, co-authored with Amber Rankin, on the DUP.
The results of a survey released yesterday in a conference at Queen’s University Belfast and presented again today at the Annual Meeting of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) in Dublin reveal that 14 % of nationalists ‘had sympathy for the reasons why some republican groups (such as the Real and Continuity IRAs) continue [...]
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- What can the Churches Learn from Zimbabwe’s Masowe Apostles?: Isabel Mukonyora Book Review, Wandering a Gendered Wilderness February 3, 2010
- Jay Bakker: Book Review of Fall to Grace – Can Churches Find Enough Grace for Gay Marriage? February 15, 2011
- Fr Brian D’Arcy and his Critics: How Should Christians Talk about each Other? January 10, 2011
- Fr Martin Magill on ‘Lives of Quiet Desperation’ among Clergy June 18, 2013
- ‘Staring at a Wall: Exploring Belfast’s Separation Barriers in the Light of Faith’ with Jon Hatch, Thursday 20 June June 17, 2013
- Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing–All Saints Church, Antrim June 17, 2013
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