Christian Faith and the Protestant Working Class
by Philip Orr
New Loyalties examines
issues of social deprivation, the demise of the church's presence
in the inner cities, the history of conflict in Loyalist communities
and the polarisation of class.
Moving beyond and
analysis of church and community estrangement, New Loyalties
considers specific models of mission, like Billy Mitchell's
conflict transformation work and offers a series of case studies
that model experimental and innovative engagement. While they
show a diversity of local church theology and practice, the
initiatives share a common commitment to not abandon the Protestant
By looking at church
and community experiences in England, USA and the Republic
of Ireland we locate our regional challenges within the wider
context of disaffected communities on the margins of many
will be a helpful resource for church and community leaders
considering the challenges of post-conflict mission and will
be of value to anyone concerned with the widening gap between
the Protestant church and loyalist communities.
ISBN 9781 874324
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Women, Changing Worlds Evangelical Women in Church, Community
by Fran Porter
In-depth interviews with evangelical women in Northern Ireland
provide a remarkable insight into their involvement in church,
community and politics.
more engaged participation in all aspects of society is part
of the overall change in the position of women, along with
an ongoing challenge to the attictudes and practices that
previously kept them in the background.
they become increasingly involved in church, community and
political life, evangelical women face a number of issues.
This book explores these questions of participation, inclusion,
difference, authority, domesticity and priority and considers
their implications for churches, evangelicalism and civic
her research for this ground-breaking new book, Fran Porter
interviewed seventy evangelical women about their lives, faith
and work. The candour of their responses, together with her
astute commentary, reveal the issues involved in the significant
contribution such women are making to church and society in
ISBN 0 85640 717 8
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of Vision Faith and Identity in Protestant Ireland
by Alwyn Thomson
this new book Alwyn Thomson encourages us to think about how
we see our past and our future, our identity and our faith
The book looks at the role that Protestantism has played in
shaping the identity of Britain and of Irish unionism in the
past and suggests that it remains a crucial factor in shaping
identity in the present.
book also looks at the theology of God, land and nation that
has shaped Britain and Ireland and suggests alternative ways
of thinking about these fundamental issues.
challenging and changing our field of vision the book aims
to create a fuller understanding of the identity of Irish
Protestantism and to shape a deeper understanding of the Christian
vision of God, belonging and identity.
ISBN 1 87432 456 5
of This World? Evangelical Protestants in Northern Ireland
by Glenn Jordan
Evangelicalism is one of the least understood sectors of Northern
Irish society, evoking emotions that range from bewilderment
to disdain and even fear
Arguing that evangelicalism plays far too important a role
to be so easily dismissed or misunderstood, this important
new book is based on in-depth interviews with more than seventy
men and women from the Protestant evangelical tradition. They
talk revealingly about their deepest beliefs and convictions,
their understanding of Northern Ireland's troubled history
and their hopes and fears for the future.
The result is a candid and complex portrait of an influential
community - a portrait that also offers a more profound understanding
of the wider society in which evangelicals live, work and
ISBN 0 85640 699 6
by Alwyn Thomson
first book. This is a compilation of over 50 contributions
from MPs, church leaders, community activists, academics and
artists. The book aims to contribute towards a fuller understanding
of unionist identity and to provide an introduction which
it is hoped will stimulate further debate.
ISBN 1 874324 01 8
Edited by Alwyn Thomson (ECONI
FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS ECONI
has been involved in a research project entitled God, Land
and Nation, exploring the relationship between religious
and political identities. In 1996 ECONI
published Faith in Ulster, which gave unionists an
opportunity to reflect on their own identity.
This book, The Great White Tent, invites twenty-five
contributors from the nationalist tradition to share their
perceptions of unionist identity. Politicians, academics,
clergy, community activists and journalists representing a
broad cross-section of nationalism question, challenge, appeal
to, and reflect on their unionist co-citizens.
publication of this book presents a huge challenge to the
Protestant community in Northern Ireland," said
David McMillan, a member of ECONIs
Steering Group. "The challenge is to be prepared
to listen to the opinions of those whom we have lived alongside,
yet for so long have been strangers to, as they reflect
on how we appear to them."
that the diversity, which this publication represents, will
contribute to a broader understanding of identity and help
to break down simplistic and stereotypical perceptions of
the other community.
ISBN 1 874324 468
the Welfare of the City
Church and Society in Scotland and Northern Ireland
Edited by Megan Halteman and Alwyn Thomson
Scotland and Northern
Ireland are changing, but change can be an opportunity or
Scotland has experienced
a dramatic social transformation and Northern Ireland may
not be far behind, while both places are learning new ways
of doing politics. Churches, too, are facing the challenge
In September 2000
the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland held a
major conference in Belfast bringing together representatives
from churches in Scotland and Northern Ireland to reflect
on the church's identity and role in the midst of change.
The aim was to encourage churches to see change, not as a
threat, but as an opportunity. This book brings together the
papers from the conference.
ISBN 1 874324 51