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Reconciliation- Challenge for the Churches

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Pertinent to our current times, the Autumn issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review carries the broad theme of Reconciliation. As (some) politicians execute the strict rituals of the dance of diplomacy whilst other public figures perform solo routines, it is clear that commitment to the ministry of reconciliation is of the highest importance today.

A series of seven essays and two review articles ponder different aspects, manifestations and individual examples of what reconciliation – or its absence – can look like.

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  • A Persistent Interest in the Other: Gerry McDonnell’s Writings on Irish Jews

    Shai Afsai

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    For the past five years, sponsored by an annual grant awarded to my Providence synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, I have interviewed and photographed members of Jewish communities in different parts of the world, afterward sharing my experiences in Rhode Island and with readers elsewhere.

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  • Autonomy within the European Union: A Relational Perspective

    Ray and Maurice Kinsella

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    The European Union (EU) has, over the decades, been scarred – and indeed its viability called into question – by a succession of interrelated crises. This period of instability dates, more or less, from the European banking crisis, including the resultant economic and socio-political instability across the eurozone and the wider EU.

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  • Irish Churches and Reconciliation: Breaking the Bondage of the Past

    Fergus O’Ferrall

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    The continuing grave and unresolved situation on the island of Ireland calls all who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour to a costly ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18).

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  • Irish Politics and Brexit Failure

    William Kingston

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    A ‘no-deal’ Brexit obviously means a hard border in Ireland, and with the election of Boris Johnson, the danger of it has greatly increased.

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  • Surveying Ireland after the Pope: Grounds for Cautious Optimism?

    Gladys Ganiel

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    The contributions in Studies’ special issue, Goodbye to All That? Ireland after the Pope, offer valuable insights on Francis’s visit and what it reveals about the future of the Catholic Church in Ireland. They share three common assumptions, two of which I wish to challenge, based on my own research of the visit.

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  • The Chrisitan Meditation Movement: A Critical Perspective

    Alexandra Slab

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    Lex orandi, lex credendi. The law of prayer determines the law of faith.

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  • The Contribution of Religious to Irish Healthcare

    Tim O’Sullivan

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    A recent Studies special, The Nun’s Story: Writing the Record, included a comment by Deirdre Raftery that ‘Irish women religious have left a vast, and largely undocumented, legacy to healthcare and education’.

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  • The Irish Constitution in Context

    Tim Murphy

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    The relationship between the Irish government and the Oireachtas follows the Westminster model of responsible government, a model that tends to produce parliaments dominated and controlled by the executive branch of government.

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  • The State of Global Politics – Review Article

    John Swift

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    These volumes by two foreign affairs professionals who also have experience of academic life offer unusual and differing perspectives on certain aspects of global politics in the most recent years.

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