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• Changing Women, Changing Worlds

Women in Northern Ireland are active in the community and political endeavours that contribute to the peace process. Women are also very involved in church life in the province. Given this background of women’s high community and church participation, what is the contribution of evangelical women to civic life in Northern Ireland? To look at this question, the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland conducted a research project exploring the church, community and political participation of women from the evangelical community in Northern Ireland.

Hearing what women themselves have to say was a vital part of this project. We therefore interviewed evangelical women active in the church, community and/or politics about their involvement in these areas and some of the related issues. These interviews were confidential and anonymous. The research resulted in a publication, Changing Women, Changing Worlds which is suitable for use by individuals, church leaders and church groups.

Changing Women Changing Worlds Changing Women, Changing Worlds:Evangelical Women in the Church, Community and Politics, Fran Porter

• Church in The Public Square

  • Church in the Public Square Final Report, Alwyn Thomson and John Kiess
  • Renegotiating the Public Square, Thomson, Kiess, Porter, Walker, Buckley, Keefe

• Evangelical Identity

Someone told me once that there are over 200 different types of breakfast cereal, and in a house with two young children we've probably tried most of them! Some are sickly sweet, some are revolting to look at, some are puritanically healthy, but when I find one that I like I tend to stick with it.

At the risk of sounding like a cartoon vicar, sometimes evangelicalism is just like breakfast cereal! The choice is bewildering. Classical evangelicals, fundamentalist evangelicals, denominational and post-denominational evangelicals, radical, conservative and charismatic, and of course post-evangelicals. In Northern Ireland we probably have political and a-political evangelicals, nationalist and unionist evangelicals, we even have Catholic evangelicals (or evangelical Catholics) and possibly anti-Catholic evangelicals (or evangelical anti-Catholics).

Has the on-going fracturing of the evangelical movement led us to a point where the term evangelical is now meaningless? What does it mean to be evangelical in Northern Ireland today? How do evangelicals feel about politics, about the quiet time? Who are the characteristic heroes and role models? How confident or otherwise are evangelicals about the future? What about their relationship with their denominations? How do evangelicals regard Catholics? Ecumenists? The Irish?

These and other issues have been the subject of a major research project in the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland for publication in March 2001. Its aim is to help Christians understand a little better, and to help outsiders to evangelicalism get an understanding of what makes Christians what they are. It should also help us make some sense of the diversity that's out there.

Not of This World? Evangelical Protestants in Northern Ireland, Glenn Jordan

• Religion and Identity in Europe

Fields of Vision Fields of Vision: Faith and Identity in Protestant Ireland, Alwyn Thomson
Seek the Welfare of the City Seek the Welfare of the City: Church and Society in Northern Ireland and Scotland

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