Review: Considering Grace – Presbyterians and the Troubles

'Considering Grace: Presbyterians and the Troubles' is comprised of over one hundred Presbyterians’ experiences of the Troubles. While it was overseen by a committee of the Presbyterian Church, this is a book of grass roots stories, and demonstrates what a 'broad church’ the denomination really is. No one group of interviewees -ministers, victims, members of …

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My ‘freelanciversary’: the mistake I made

The start of September marks my ‘freelanciversary’. I left teaching in 2017 to allow space for other things, not least to give more attention to creating better ways to develop diversity and mutual understanding in the classroom. Over the last couple of years, I have worked with groups, and on projects and resources to enable …

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The cycle isn’t going to break itself

In the wake of Lyra McKee’s death, there were immediate calls for an end to violence; Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill were both quick to condemn the taking of life. But I am fearful we are in a similar cycle to the US gun debate: A massacre takes place. There is national mourning. There is impassioned debate, …

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We prefer to hear what we have heard before.

I’ve only discovered Wendell Berry lately; I asked the Facebook hive mind where I should start, and ‘Jayber Crow’ was the recommended beginning. Berry describes his novel as the ‘life story of Jayber Crow, barber, of the Port William membership, as written by himself.’ I don’t want to summarise the story, but a little background …

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It’s not about screens, it’s about what screens replace.

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by a local charity as part of a campaign to raise awareness (and encourage limits) on the amount of time young people spend looking at screens. Most of us agree children spending long periods of time on one type of screen or another isn’t healthy, however, there …

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