Discovery Gospel Choir to Perform Juneteenth, 13 June in Belfast

juneteenthDiscovery Gospel Choir, a Dublin-based group featuring 35 members from nations across the world, in partnership with Christian Aid, will perform Juneteenth: 150 Years of Freedom – a concert to celebrate the ending of slavery in the United States, … Read more...

Rev Emmanuel Murangira on Reconciliation and Forgiveness at the Irish Churches Peace Project Conference – To Speak tomorrow at Whitehouse Presbyterian

murangiraRev Emmanuel Murangira, currently the country director for Tearfund in Rwanda, was Thursday evening’s keynote speaker at the Irish Churches Peace Project (ICPP) ‘Faithful Peacebuilding’ conference at the Hilton in Templepatrick.

Murangira shared his experiences of the Rwandan genocide and … Read more...

Between Africa and the West by Sahr John Yambasu – An African Minister Reflects on Life in Ireland: Book Review

yambasuHave you ever wondered how Ireland looks through the eyes of someone who has travelled thousands of miles and made their home on these shores? Rev Dr Sahr John Yambasu, a native of Sierra Leone who is now a minister … Read more...

Aidan Donaldson Book Review – Come Follow Me: Recalling the Dangerous Memory of Jesus and the Church Today

come follow meIf you are looking for inspiration for a faith that gets up on its feet and lives out in the world, a good source is the latest book by Dr Aidan Donaldson, Come Follow Me: Recalling the Dangerous Memory of Read more...

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

DSC00160Religion 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 … Read more...

Aidan Donaldson on Project Zambia Immersion Journey: Mapepe and Dubai

zambialeadersToday Dr Aidan Donaldson, who has recently returned from a Project Zambia immersion journey, shares some of his reflections on the experience. His thoughts on the contrast between Mapepe in Zambia, and Dubai — where he stopped on his trip … Read more...

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

religioncrisisReligion 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 Read more...

On Retreat with Fr Martin Magill: Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery

holycrossThis week readers will have missed Fr Martin Magill’s regular post about his ecumenical tithing. That’s because he has been on retreat since Sunday evening at Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor, Co. Down.

Many readers will be familiar with … Read more...

Invitation to Uganda Day, 3 June – Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs

ugandadayThe Uganda Association of Northern Ireland, through the secretary Fr Charles Lwanga Kaweesi, welcomes all friends of Uganda and Africa to Uganda Day Celebrations on 3 June, starting at 4 pm at St Mary’s University College in Belfast. This year … Read more...

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

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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, … Read more...

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

DSC09964Several 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 … Read more...