Publications

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Reformed Always To Be Reformed

Reformed Always to be Reformed
Johnston McMaster

£10.00

This publication is about a long lasting revolution in modern European history. What happened in the sixteenth century changed Europe and the legacies endure. The most bitter wars in Christian history were fought at this time. The religious map of Europe took shape. Ireland experienced the Reformations, Anglican, Reformed and Catholic, producing a bitter, sectarianised and violent history.

We no longer live in the sixteenth century and our twenty-first century questions are different. In a declining West we are now faced with challenges to reform our political, economic and cultural systems and institutions. For Christian faith communities in relation to other globalised religions, what will ‘reformed‘ theology look like?


Ethics and the Easter Rising

Ethics and the Easter Rising
Johnston McMaster and Cathy Higgins

£10.00

The 1916 Easter Rising has become the foundational myth of the Irish Republic. It was set in the wider context of nineteenth century militarised nationalism. There was a world before the Rising, larger than Ireland, and there were Irish risings before the Rising. There were watershed events that led to the Rising in 1916, and the Great War was the framing event of the whole decade 1912-1922, that shaped contemporary Ireland. Seven men signed the Proclamation and their characters are explored. Their executions, with the resonance of martyrdom for Irish Catholic sensibilities, turned a failure into success. Women were involved in various ways, some in the Rising, some with radically alternative voices. There was a gendered dimension to the Rising and Patriarchy was dominant and pervasive. These important themes are dealt with as the book moves into critical and ethical evaluation.


E&SR Info Booklet

Ethical and Shared Remembering Information Booklet 
Johnston McMaster in partnership with Maureen Hetherington

Information Booklet. An overview of the Ethical & Shared Remembering project and it’s aims and objectives.


Churches In Exile

Churches In Exile
Cathy Higgins

£10.00

What is the future of the churches in Ireland? The recent census in Northern Ireland confirms that fewer people are identifying with any church, whether Catholic or Protestant. Is this a sign of end times for church, or just church as we know it? Like any institution, since its 1st-century beginning, the Christian Church has undergone huge changes in self-understanding and in its various external manifestations. Change is never easy and, as the history of the Christian church demonstrates, it can often her fraught with anxiety, and result in conflict and division. This book explores diverse models of church from the past and present that offer ethical examples of engaged faith and practice that are an antidote to the present malaise in Irish churches, currently struggling under the collapse of moral authority and belief systems. Drawing on the biblical experience and metaphor of exile as a source of inspiration and hope, this book challenges contemporary Irish churches to be a counter-cultural movement that meets the real need for more authentic expressions of faith rooted in a spirituality of justice and peace.


Personalities of the Decade
Personalities of The Decade 1912-1922
Johnston McMaster

£10.00

Facts and figures do not make history interesting. Personalities do. People are history-makers for good and ill, and during the crucial decade, 1912-1922, there were key personalities and key players. Politicians were exclusively male.

The book features four nationalist/republican political personalities, four unionist leaders and four British politicians, though one of the latter was not a constitutional politician the constitutional monarch. They were all people of their time who can be judged critically but only in the context of their time.

As personalities of the time they are like the rest of us, flawed and contradictory. So we see genius and flaws in their personalities, things to affirm and things that make us cringe. But what would we have done and would we have acted differently?

For better and worse these twelve shaped the rest of our twentieth century and their shadows fall on our still difficult pathway. They were not the only key personalities and players. There were others but books have limits and apologies of your favourite politician of the revolution and change is not here.


War and Memory
War and Memory
Johnston McMaster and Cathy Higgins

£10.00

1912-1922 was a critical decade of change and violence in Ireland. The events of the decade need to be seen together and not in isolation from each other. It shaped the socio-political landscape in Ireland for the rest of the 20th century and the unresolved issues of that time contributed to the more recent, violent conflict.

The defining event of the decade was the Great War (1914-1918). This book attempts to reflect on the Great War and memory through an ethical prism. It begins with the imperial context, essential for a critical understanding of the world that went to war. The book ends with the affirmation that humans always have choices, which means that there were and always are alternatives. The 20th century could have been different and so can the 21st, depending on our choices.


Profiling Irish Women
Profiling Irish Women
Cathy Higgins

£10.00

In December 1920 Hanna Sheehy Skeffington published the final issue of the suffrage newspaper, the Irish citizen. She remarked, with heavy heart, that the women’s emancipation movement was just “marking time”. In 1922 the Irish Free State Constitution established the equality of the sexes, and a similar equality was granted to women in Northern Ireland and Great Britain in 1928. Yet these developments failed to deliver the socio-political and economic opportunities those at the vanguard of the women’s movement had expected. What went wrong? Were women not persuasive enough in their arguments? Did men not wish to share power? Were there other socio-cultural and political dynamics at work?

This book outlines and critiques the various complex factors that impacted the development of the women’s movement in the late 19th century and early 20th century in Ireland. In addition, it adopts an historical fiction approach to imaginatively bring to life historical women from this period. The women profiled are drawn from unionist, nationalist, labour and suffrage movements, which dominated at that time. The hope is that as these women share their experiences, aspirations and fears, reasons for the ultimate failure of feminism to liberate women will become clearer. There is no quick fix to establishing gender equality but if we are serious about making it a reality in 21st century Ireland, north and south, then there is no avoiding honest grappling with the obstacles that stood in its way a century ago, some of which are live issues today.


Peer Mediation
Peer Mediation A Process For Primary Schools
Jerry Tyrrell

£10.00

Using the direct experience of a number of people who have successfully set up peer mediation in schools, this book explains, step by step,how to set up such processes in your school – the pitfalls and the rewards – and offers advice and practical experience on how to overcome resistance.


No Dope Here?

No Dope Here? Anti-Drugs Vigilantism in Northern Ireland
John Lindsay

£10.00

Since the 1990s, the accusation most commonly levelled against the victims of ‘punishment’ attacks and murders has been one of involvement in the trade in illegal drugs. This brutal paramilitary ‘justice’ is one of the least researched aspects of the Northern Irish conflict. This book looks at drug use in Northern Ireland, and at paramilitary attempts both to profit from it, and to ‘police’ it through violence.


A passion for justice
A Passion for Justice: Social Ethics in the Celtic Tradition
Johnston McMaster

£10.00

The story of early Irish or Celtic faith communities provides insights, models and inspiration for a new Irish story. This book explores the early Irish or Celtic Story of people and personalities, their stories part history, part myth, in Celtic perspective both powerful means of recognising truthful ethics.


Signing the covenant but which one
Signing The Covenant But Which One?
Johnston McMaster and Cathy Higgins

£10.00

This book begins by exploring the context and background to the Ulster Covenant. Given the reformed and religious overtones of the Covenant idea, the book then goes on to explore in some depth the biblical covenant and its radical alternative socio-political and economic vision.


Visioning the futureX
Visioning the Future 2012-2022
Johnston McMaster in partnership with Maureen Hetherington

£2.00

This booklet is about a vision which is needed for a different kind of Northern Ireland and Ireland. A new kind of common good is to be imagined and creative dreaming is required for the shaping of a 21st century civic society, which is both local and global.


Living with the legacyX
Living with the Legacy: Key Themes of the Decade, Past and Present
Johnston McMaster and Cathy Higgins in partnership with Maureen Hetherington

£2.00

This booklet examines the key themes of a century ago, not only trying to look critically at them, but also to be serious about the present. How do we deal with nationalism, religion, violence in the 21st century? What are the challenges for now?


Lamenting in hopeX
Lamenting in Hope: A Theology of Trauma and Healing
Johnston McMaster and Cathy Higgins in partnership with Maureen Hetherington

£2.00

This booklet looks at a modern Ireland, with its history of violence which has become an Irish ethos, a destructive spirituality of Ireland, which needs to be acknowledged and critiqued in order to work towards hope and peace…. “There is serious ethical and theological work to be done”.


Ulster Covenant and Easter ProcX
Ulster Covenant and Easter Proclamation
Johnston McMaster in partnership with Maureen Hetherington

£2.00

The Ulster Covenant and Easter Proclamation are, for many, sacred texts. They represent the respective foundational documents of two parts of Ireland. This booklet explores the shared values of these two religio-political documents.


Ethical Theological responsesX
Ethical Theological Responses to Shared Remembering: 1912-1922
Johnston McMaster and Cathy Higgins in partnership with Maureen Hetherington

£2.00

This booklet is an attempt to provide those in the faith community with a basis for critical theo-ethical reflection on a crucial and defining decade in Irish history. People of faith have a contribution to make to a decade of commemoration and the public square.


Remembering a decadeX
Ethical and Shared Remembering: A Decade of Change and Violence 1912-1922
Johnston McMaster in partnership with Maureen Hetherington

£2.00

This booklet represents an overview of the decade 1912-1922. Rather than an in-depth treatment, it explores the decade as a whole and the inter-relationships between all the key events.