The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland has organised a special event on ‘Ministering in the Troubles’ on Thursday 18 May at 8 pm in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street, Belfast. It will feature a panel discussion and question time with ministers Dr John Dunlop, Dr Ken Newell, Dr Godfrey Brown, Dr Lesley Carroll, and author […]
I am really excited to be the principal researcher on a new project, ‘Reconciliation through Dealing with the Past: Learning from Presbyterian Responses to the Troubles.’ We are now advertising for a post-doctoral research fellow to assist with interviewing around 100 Presbyterians, who will tell their stories about their experiences of the Troubles. Interviews will […]
I was the keynote speaker at today’s Annual General Meeting of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) at Belfast Central Mission. My address was titled, ‘Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? The Sociological Reasons for Hope.’ I have reproduced the introduction to my address below. You can read the full text here: ICC […]
I was part of a discussion on ‘Faith in Northern Ireland’ on Sunday’s BBC Radio Wales religious affairs programme, All Things Considered, hosted by Roy Jenkins. The other panellists were Rev Brian Anderson, a Methodist minister and Vice President of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC), and Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela […]
My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, has been reviewed by Vladimir Kmec in the academic journal Reviews in Religion and Theology (January 2017, 24(1), pp. 98-101). Kmec is a Government of Ireland Post Doctoral Researcher at University College Dublin, focusing on Religion, Ethnicity and Migration: Contested Politics of Diversity and Belonging. He also is affiliated with […]
The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice hosted an event in the 4 Corners Festival, ‘Ministry on a Wounded and Wonderful Island,’ on Thursday 9 February. Seminarians and young clergy from the Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian traditions were invited to listen to the stories of four clergy […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Catholic Ireland’s Confession Box – Irish Times Initiative.
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about the launch of the 4 Corners Festival. This year’s Festival runs 3-12 Feb and the theme is ‘Our Wounded and Wonderful City.’ The full programme can be accessed at www.4cornersfestival.com.
The ‘Religion Factor’ blog has published two reviews of a new book by Joram Tarusarira, Reconciliation and Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe (Routledge, 2016). Tarusarira is Assistant Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I am the author of one of the reviews, ‘Can Religion Promote Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?’ As some readers […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘CRC Award for Fr Gary Donegan & Reconciliation Reframed by Rev Norman Hamilton.’ Photo by Press Eye.
Last week I presented a paper, ‘Ireland as a Post-Catholic Religious Market? The Role of Extra-Institutional Religion,’ at a conference on ‘The Church in a Pluralist Society,’ hosted by the Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin. The talk was based on my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity. The paper explored three claims […]