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 […]
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 […]
I was interviewed by the Swedish newspaper ‘Dagen’ (which translates as ‘Day’) on religion and current issues in Northern Ireland, including the recent elections and the Brexit vote. The story was published with the headline, ‘Spänningarna ökar i Nordirland – återigen’, or: ‘Tensions are increasing in Northern Ireland – Again.’ The full story is of […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Who will win the Tipperary Peace Prize? Nominee Fr Patrick Devine to Speak at Queen’s, 22 March.
Today’s blog features a guest post by Fr Charlie Burrows, an Irish priest working in Indonesia, on ‘Wonder.’ Fr Burrows is a priest with Oblate Mission Development, an office of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He has served in Chilachap on Java’s southern coast for the past 40+ years, organizing a sustainable development program in the region […]
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: ‘The Legacy of Irish Missionaries Lives On: Book by Matt Moran – the Irish Tradition of ‘Social Justice as Faith’?
Acclaimed American historian of religion Mark Noll is visiting Belfast, and there are several opportunities to hear him speak over the next few days. In 2005, Mark Noll was named as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America by Time magazine. Recently retired from the chair as Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Caring for Carers? 4 Corners, Cliftonville FC & Rethinking Public Policy (Image sourced on 4 Corners Festival webpage. Front, left to right: Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, Rev Steve Stockman (4 Corners), Gerard Lawlor (Cliftonville FC), Joe Gormely (Clinftonville FC), Fr Martin Magill (4 Corners); Back, left […]