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Gladys lectures in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at Trinity College Dublin at Belfast (the Irish School of Ecumenics). She also blogs on religion and politics at

Latest posts from Gladys Ganiel (see all)

Gladys Ganiel has posted 77 times (1 in the last month).

Haass Hope: Will Young People take up the Challenge of Politics in Northern Ireland?

Wed 26 March 2014, 4:04pm

Tweet On Sunday, about 150 young people gathered in Belfast for an event called ‘Haass Hope,’ designed to give them a platform where they could share their views on flags, parades and dealing with the past. While the event featured short plenary lectures from Brett Lockhart QC, Dr Duncan Morrow of the University of Ulster, […] more »

Community Relations in Northern Ireland after the Flags Protest – Roundtable at the Royal Irish Academy

Fri 28 February 2014, 1:51pm

Tweet Last night the Institute for British Irish Studies at University College Dublin hosted a roundtable on ‘Community Relations in Northern Ireland after the Flags Protest,’ at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. The discussion was focused around the findings of a report commissioned by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, […] more »

Pat Magee and Jo Berry: Who are we Listening to?

Sat 1 February 2014, 8:56am

Tweet I was already inside the doors of the Skainos Centre in East Belfast before it was charged by protesters. They hurled missiles and fireworks and banged on the doors and windows. Four police officers were hurt keeping the crowd at bay. As is well known by now, the protesters objected to an event called […] more »

Pat Magee & Jo Berry: Listening to Your Enemies Means Asking Hard Questions

Thu 30 January 2014, 4:06pm

Tweet “The Christian gospel allows people to change.” With those words, spoken this morning on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback, Rev Gary Mason, pastor at East Belfast Mission (EBM), expressed the hope that has kept him ministering throughout the years of the Troubles. Mason was on air today because EBM’s Skainos centre had been daubed with […] more »

The Rehumanizing Power of Stories? – 4 Corners Festival’s “Our Stories at Stormont”

Sun 19 January 2014, 5:24pm

Tweet Can you imagine five politicians from Northern Ireland’s five major parties sitting down together, talking about their backgrounds, memories and inspirations – and articulating strangely similar visions of a future together? Something along those lines took place Friday night in an event at the 4 Corners Festival, “Our Stories at Stormont,” where Chris Lyttle […] more »

4 Corners Festival Begins: Listening to Stories across Belfast’s Boundaries

Sun 12 January 2014, 5:05pm

Tweet Last year, the first-ever 4 Corners Festival concluded with people from the four corners of Belfast converging on Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, meeting in the Dock Cafe to pray for the city. Tomorrow, 13 January, the second edition of the Festival begins where it left off, with a launch event at 11 am in the […] more »

Telling Stories about the Future: David Porter and Heather Morris on the Role of Christian Activists

Fri 11 October 2013, 2:05pm

Tweet “We are a people who find it impossible to live with each other’s story. This is a distortion of our faith, and a failure to recognise that our faith is a story … a story to be told in the living of our lives.” – David Porter But: “Can we tell stories of what […] more »

Whatever Happened to “Together: Building a United Community”? Platform for Change Panel Discussion

Sun 6 October 2013, 5:17pm

Tweet This past week, one of the local students enrolled in the Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation where I teach commented that the “Together: Building a United Community” document had not generated much public debate. Of course, the document did lay out the commitment to establish all-party talks on flags, parades and dealing with […] more »

Do Hope and History Rhyme? Campaign to Encourage the Haass Talks

Thu 12 September 2013, 12:13pm

Tweet A group of Christians from across  denominations has begun a ‘Hope and History’ campaign to encourage politicians to engage faithfully and authentically with each other in the upcoming Haass Talks, in pursuit of the common good. The campaign asks people to put their names to a statement urging ‘humility’, ‘healing’, and ‘hope.’ (Read the […] more »

Graham Spencer’s Protestant Identity and Peace in Northern Ireland: Can the Churches Contribute?

Thu 5 September 2013, 8:01pm

Tweet A recent book by Graham Spencer, Protestant Identity and Peace in Northern Ireland (Palgrave, 2012), provides an insightful complement to a conversation that has been gathering some pace in Northern Ireland’s public sphere: What role, if any, might churches play in our post-violence transition, which right now seems stuck? I’ve raised the question on […] more »

Latest comments from Gladys Ganiel (see all)

Gladys Ganiel has commented 41 times (1 in the last month).

  1. Comment on Whatever Happened to “Together: Building a United Community”? Platform for Change Panel Discussion
    on 7 October 2013 at 11:00 am

    Hi McSlaggart,

    In this context, cross community is just shorthand for interactions as well as targeted, specific work with people who would identify as nationalist/republican/Catholic and people who would identify as Protestant/unionist/loyalist.

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  2. Comment on Graham Spencer’s Protestant Identity and Peace in Northern Ireland: Can the Churches Contribute?
    on 6 September 2013 at 5:48 pm

    FYI, Eric Kaufmann’s academic work has shown that over the years clergy involved in the Orange Order have been more likely come from the conservative part of the Presbyterian church and smaller Protestant denominations, with moderate Presbyterian and Church of Ireland ministers leaving the Order …

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  3. Comment on Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity: The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism by Tony Novosel — Book Review
    on 24 August 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Charles, yes – Alias is right, there are antecedents to ‘Sharing Responsibility’ in the 1970s, which Novosel also discusses in the book.

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  4. Comment on The Second Coming of Paisley by Richard Lawrence Jordan: Book Review
    on 30 May 2013 at 8:08 am

    If you are looking for the book on Amazon, click directly on the links I have provided in the blog post – they take you to the book on Amazon.

    You will also see from the post that I say that Jordan does spend some time on recent history, with a whole chapter to the immediate period leading up to 2007.

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  5. Comment on Can I Stay in the Catholic Church? by Brian Lennon–Book Review
    on 10 April 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Barbara,
    There is some debate on those issues in this book – and Lennon looks at it somewhat (though not in great depth) in his section on homophobia in the church.

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  6. Comment on Johnston McMaster’s Overcoming Violence – Book Review
    on 20 June 2012 at 10:39 am

    Hi Wild Turkey,
    Just seeing your question now …
    Of course I recommend buying Johnston’s book. :)
    A good person to read on how the Bible has been used in American history to justify all sorts of violence is Mark Noll, who spoke recently at Queen’s in Belfast:
    I would say that his ‘The Civil War as a Theological Crisis’ would be of interest to you, for the American aspect.
    Another useful theological source on the myth of redemptive violence is Walter Wink, whose work informs Johnston’s book:

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  7. Comment on Can Northern Ireland ‘Embrace the Language of Profound Change’?
    on 14 March 2012 at 9:49 pm

    That’s a good question, Reader! And I’m sure that the answers aren’t all in one report. And as you say, there is some positive movement happening – intentionally and unintentionally. There is evidence (some examples in the new book by Lee Smithey, which Alan in Belfast profiled a few days ago – that public policies can help incentivise change, albeit slowly and surely …

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