Online Launch 27 January: The Oxford Handbook of Religion & Europe

The new Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe (2022), edited by Grace Davie and Lucian Leustean, will be launched online on 27 January at 4 pm (GMT) from Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

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Religion and the Study of Peace: Practice without Reflection by Atalia Omer – first article published in special issue

I’m pleased to share the publication of a stimulating new article, ‘Religion and the Study of Peace: Practice without Reflection’, by Atalia Omer, in a special issue of Religions, co-edited by Joram Tarusarira (University of Groningen) and me.

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My review of Crawford Gribben’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland’, on Slugger

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, my review of Crawford Gribben’s excellent new book, The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland (Oxford, 2021).Read more...

New Post on Slugger – The Service of Reflection & Hope: An opportunity for the Church Leaders?

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘The Service of Reflection & Hope: An Opportunity for the Church Leaders?’

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RTE Brainstorm post on Women in Ministry in Ireland

I have a new post on RTE Brainstorm on women in ministry in Ireland, ‘How Women feel Undervalued by the Catholic Church’.

While the headline focuses on the Catholic Church, it also includes discussion of women’s roles in other denominations.… Read more...

A Review of ‘Evangelical Journeys’ – A Decade On

It has been more than a decade since Claire Mitchell and I published Evangelical Journeys: Choice and Change in a Northern Irish Religious Subculture (UCD Press, 2011).

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Religion Media Centre Conversation on Post-Brexit Religious and Political Divide

Earlier this month I took part in a conversation organized by the Religion Media Centre on Northern Ireland’s Post-Brexit Religious and Political Divide.

Moderated by broadcaster William Crawley, the panel included:

  • Dr Eamon Phoenix – political historian and head of
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Publication of Glencree Journal on Dealing with the Legacy of Conflict …

A journal on ‘Dealing with the Legacy of Conflict in Northern Ireland through Engagement and Dialogue’ has been published by the Glencree Centre in conjunction with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway and Ulster University.

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New Post on Slugger O’Toole: Reflecting on the Church Leaders’ St Patrick’s Day Confession

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Reflecting on the Church Leaders’ St Patrick’s Day Confession’. Is this the churches’ most comprehensive confession ever for their historic contributions to division and violence?

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Rev Ivan Patterson’s Reflections on ‘People Still Need Us’ for Care4Clergy

Rev Dr Ivan Patterson, President of the Irish Council of Churches, recently offered some reflections for the ‘Care4Clergy’ group based on research published in my report on churches during the pandemic, ‘People Still Need Us.’

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