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Reconciliation and Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe: Reviews of Joram Tarusarira’s Book

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 […]

Joram Tarusarira on Fr Gerry Reynolds: Lessons for Global Conflicts

Dr Joram Tarusarira, Assistant Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, has written a post on ‘The Religion Factor’ blog in memory of the first anniversary of the death of Fr Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery in Belfast. The post, ‘Remembering the Peacemaker Priest in Northern Ireland: Fr […]

Is Reconciliation Possible after Violent Conflict? Analysing Christian Peacebuilders and their Promotion of Reconciliation

Last week I presented a lecture at the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain (CRCPD) at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands titled, ‘Is Reconciliation Possible after Violent Conflict? Analysing Christian Peacebuilders and their Promotion of Reconciliation.’ The lecture drew primarily on my research in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Zimbabwe. An […]

Review of Sub-Saharan Africa Between Conflict and Reconciliation by Rita Schafer on Welt-Sichten

Sub-Saharan Africa Between Conflict and Reconciliation, an edited volume for which Joram Tarusarira and I wrote a chapter, has been reviewed by Rita Schafer on the German language website Welt-Sichten. Schafer praises the book for providing ‘some impetus to the debate on reconciliation in societies that have suffered violent conflict.’ But she also points out […]

Review of Religion in Times of Crisis in Numen, by Chaminda Weerawardhana

A book I co-edited with Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot, Religion in Times of Crisis (Brill 2014), has been reviewed in Numen (Vol 62, pp. 484-486, 2015) by Chaminda Weerawardhana from Queen’s University Belfast. Weerawardhana also spoke at the launch of the book at the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network’s bi-annual meeting in Belfast in […]

Religion in Times of Crisis Launched at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting

Religion in Times of Crisis (Brill 2014) edited by myself, Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot, was unveiled last week at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) annual meeting in San Francisco. The book is the 24th in ASR’s “Religion and the Social Order” series and was marked with a launch by series editor […]

Religion in Times of Crisis: Author Meets Critics Discussion for New Book

Religion in Times of Crisis, a new book I’ve edited with Heidemarie Winkel of the Technical University of Dresden and Christophe Monnot of the University of Lausanne, has been published by Brill as part of the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s (ASR) “Religion and the Social Order” series (Volume 24. The book was a […]

World Day of Social Justice: Zimbabwe’s Catholic Commission on Justice & Peace Statement on Peace, Healing and Reconciliation

To mark the World Day of Social Justice, the Catholic Commission on Justice and Peace (CCJP) in Zimbabwe has released a statement on Peace, Healing and Reconciliation. Although much of my current research has focused on the island of Ireland, I have also conducted research on religion, reconciliation and reconstruction in Zimbabwe. Last year I […]

What can we Learn from the Christians of St Nicholas Church, Leipzig?

Several weeks ago, I visited Leipzig, Germany, as part of my work as an external advisor to Joram Tarusarira, a Zimbabwean who is completing his Ph.D. there on the role of religious ‘non conformists’ in contributing to reconciliation in Zimbabwe. Joram is a graduate of my School’s Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. Joram’s office […]

Fr Michael Bennett Guest Post–Response to The Catholic Church in Ireland in Transition – Reflections for Zimbabwe

In a recent post I shared the text of an article that was published in the latest issue of Mukai/Vukani (meaning “Wake up!”), the Jesuit Journal for Theological Reflection in Zimbabwe, titled ‘The Catholic Church in Ireland in Transition – Reflections for Zimbabwe.’ Fr Michael Bennett has written a response to the post, which I’ve […]

The Catholic Church in Ireland in Transition – Reflections for Zimbabwe, Published in Mukai/Vukani

I have had an article published in the latest issue of Mukai/Vukani (meaning “Wake up!”), the Jesuit Journal for Theological Reflection in Zimbabwe. This edition (volume 64, April 2013) discusses “The Church in Transition.” With kind permission from the editor, Gift Mambipiri, I’ve reproduced the article below. The Catholic Church in Ireland in Transition – […]