Peace on earth?

For many months, and especially in the last few weeks, we have been seeing the war in the Middle East and its horrible effects being reported almost daily on our TV screens and in our newspapers. I can barely watch the news now. I feel helpless, angry and even guilty...

Ain’t gonna study war no more …

The 2016 Catherwood lecture was given by Alan and Elaine Storkey on 24 November 2016. The accumulation of power by arms companies and the influence of militarism have continued for over a century. The time has come for people of faith to address these issues and to...

Untangling the knots of history

I come from the generation where the sound of helicopters whizzing, bombs exploding, and even bullets ripping, provided the soundtrack for our formative Christian years. I remember listening to the RUC band play the death march at a funeral in Dungannon, as the...

An Open Letter to Northern Ireland’s Political Leaders

(This open letter first appeared in Steve Stockman’s blog and is reproduced by permission) Dear Political Leaders As you go into intensive talks this week to save the political institutions and our unraveling peace process I want to assure you of my prayers. I...

Facing our Fears- A Gospel Imperative?

Last year I was involved in facilitating an introductory peacebuilding course in a Protestant church in Belfast. We invited members from other churches to come to a meeting that did not involve worship and share their experiences in building peace. I later found out...