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Fr Patrick Devine on Conflict Transformation in Eastern Africa

This week (22 March), the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice hosted Fr Patrick Devine for a lecture on “Inter-Ethnic Conflict Transformation Methods: Applications in Eastern Africa.” Fr Devine is the founder of the Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Nairobi, Kenya, an inter-religious organization pioneering conflict transformation […]

Reflection on Up Standing: Stories of Courage from Northern Ireland

Last night I took part in an event, ‘The Past is a Moving Picture: Screening of the film Up Standing: Stories of Courage from Northern Ireland,’ in Imagine: the Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics. I was asked for a short reflection on the film, which I’ve reproduced below. While the most powerful part of the night was […]

Festivals of Reconciliation? Opportunities for Uncomfortable Conversations

This weekend sees the start of two festivals – one well-established and one brand-new – which feature a variety of discussions, talks and events related to reconciliation on this island. West Belfast’s long running Féile an Phobail and the first-time Aperture Festival at Corrymeela in Ballycastle provide plenty of opportunities to reflect and debate on […]

A Quick Journey Through the Psalms Begins Monday 8 June

The Monday nights in June at Sacred Heart Parish in North Belfast (Glenview Street) will be dedicated to deepening an appreciation of the 150 psalms with a special programme called ‘A Quick Journey Through the Psalms.’ Guest speakers include Rev Steve Stockman (Fitzroy Presbyterian), Breige O’Hare (, Rabbi David Singer, and Rev Arlene Moore (Church of […]

Response to Dr Jenny Taylor’s Catherwood Lecture, ‘When Words Fail …’

I was a respondent to Dr Jenny Taylor’s Catherwood Lecture, ‘When Words Fail: Religious Literacy and Post-Multicultural Possibilities’ on Thursday evening. The Catherwood Lecture is an annual event organised by Contemporary Christianity. You can read my short summary of Taylor’s main points here, and my own remarks below. (I shortened remarks on the evening, so I […]

Repentance as a Means to Christian Unity: Final Reflections on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from the Benedictine Monks, Rostrevor

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Benedictine monks at Holy Cross Monastery in Rostrevor, Co. Down, regularly shared short reflections or quotations on Facebook and Twitter. They also posted the full text of homilies preached at the monastery on the two Sundays framing the week: 18 and 25 January. I watched the […]

Remembering the Downeast Coastal Press

Today marks the publication of the last issue of the Downeast Coastal Press, a weekly newspaper based in Washington County, Maine. For many readers of this blog, who are based in Ireland and the UK and are more accustomed to my musings on topics related to my theme of ‘building a church without walls,’ today’s […]