Aug
25
to 28 Aug

Burren Executive Leadership Retreat

  • Burren Executive Leadership Retreat at Burren College of Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I’m delighted to be part of the team on the Burren Executive Leadership Retreat this August in County Clare. This retreat centres around some key questions:  

  • What does it mean to grow myself to successfully meet the challenges I am facing?

  • Where are my peers; other leaders actively seeking their next horizon?

  • What role can we play in evolving leadership to meet the needs of the future?

For more information on applications, you can check out the site here.

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Aug
28
to 31 Aug

Reconciling Realities in Religious Education (Conference)

  • EFTRE Conference at St Patrick's DCU (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I’m delighted to be one of the keynote speakers at the Reconciling Realities in Religious Education Conference organised by the European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education.

This conference takes place in Dublin this coming August. Information and booking are available through the links above. I will be speaking about how religious education can be used as a tool for mutual dialogue and understanding in places — like Ireland and Britain — where historical narratives continue into contemporary discord.

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Sep
8
to 10 Sep

Festival of Preaching

  • Festival of Preaching @ Christ Church College, Oxford (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The delicious people at Canterbury Press / Hymns Ancient and Modern are once again running the Festival of Preaching in Oxford in England from 8th-10th September. I’ll be speaking, as well as leading some evening some sessions of Irish chanting, together with poetry and prayers. Full programme and links to booking can be found through this link.

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Sep
17
5:00 pm17:00
USA

Words Beyond Words: Berkeley, California.

I am delighted to take part in a poetry event reading — Words Beyond Words — on Tuesday, September 17th 2019, 5:00pmto 7:00pm at the Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709

The evening will include a reading of select poems responding to the theme of sacred texts, as illustrated in CARe's 2019 Fall exhibition, Beyond Words. Acclaimed poet and pastor Rev. Nate Klug lead discussion on the ways in which faith relates to poetry and the creative process. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

This event is free and open to the public. More details here.

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Sep
18
6:30 pm18:30
USA

A conversation at Newbingen House, San Francisco

  • St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I will be in conversation with Scot Sherman from the Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco on Wed, September 18, 2019 between 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Under the theme “In the Shelter of Each Other” we will discuss practices from the Irish context that are about community, peace, dialogue, argument and mis/understanding. This is part of the ‘Conversations for the Common Good’ series of Newbigin House of Studies.

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Oct
13
to 17 Oct

Spark Retreat (run by Peter Rollins)

  • Spark Retreat at Crawfordsburn Inn (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I’m delighted to be in residence at Peter Rollins’ Spark Festival this October (13-17). Spark is a five-day bespoke retreat that is carefully crafted to help spark peoples creative potential. This is not designed to help you briefly escape your everyday life, but rather is curated to help you find the tools and inspiration that will enable you to make positive changes in your everyday life. 

Pete is an old friend, and has been an extraordinary support and encourager to me over the years. I’m really looking forward to opportunities to be part of this festival. We’ll both be making time to meet with folks to talk about their creative processes, talk editing, talk storytelling, talk delivery and craft.
All details available here: https://peterrollins.com/spark

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Oct
19
9:00 am09:00

Day-retreat on the Book of Ruth in Sheffield

I’ll be offering a day-retreat at St. Mark’s Church in Sheffield on October 19 this year. Booking here.

Spending time with the Book of Ruth.

The Book of Ruth is an extraordinary book from the Hebrew bible. In it, the lives of two displaced women are explored. They are both border-crossers. They are both workers. They are both in need. They are both widows. They look after each other and navigate their safety in a climate that wasn’t always friendly.

This book tells us so much: it speaks of the political power of kindness. It also speaks of fortitude and determination and grit. This is a biblical book that has a message for all, at all times of life. It is about borders and famine and food and friendship. It is about women and it is about the rules of men. It is about power. And it is about pain. Together we will read this book, exploring its messages and story and brilliance.

I’ll be preaching the morning service at St. Mark’s on Sunday 20th October.

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Nov
9
10:00 am10:00

Geestdrift Festival: Utrecht, Netherlands.

The delicious people of the Geestdrift Festival have invited me back to speak there this year.

Geestdrift is a daylong festival of arts in the Pieterskerk at the Pieterskerkhof in Utrecht. It’s extraordinary. I was there a few years ago and loved it, so I was thrilled to be invited back. The website — and much of the festival — is in Dutch, but there are some English events and there is also a helpful English language section on the website.

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Aug
8
6:00 pm18:00
USA

Lúnasadh - an evening of reflection, poetry and song in Buffalo

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I’ll be doing an evening of poetry, music and reflection with the magnificent Owen Ó Súilleabháin at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo on August 8th from 6pm -9pm.

It’ll open up with a poetic event reflecting on the Celtic season of Lúnasadh, followed by poetry and song from myself and Owen. You can buy tickets here.

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Jul
28
to 3 Aug
USA

Glen Workshop - a literary week with Image Journal in New Mexico (USA)

  • Glen Workshop at St. John's College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I’m thrilled to offer a class at the Glen Workshop, run by the delicious folks at Image Journal, in July 2019 in New Mexico, USA. The Glen Workshop is a weeklong gathering that’s equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat. The class I’ll be offering is called ‘Poetry and Preaching’.

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Jun
21
to 23 Jun

Solas Festival, Scotland

I adore the Solas Festival and am thrilled to be back there again this year. In a new location, the Solas festival will be the usual mix of its own brilliance: music, hay bales, social justice, fair trade, poetry, interviews, literature, spirituality, haggis, sessions missed because you’re talking to brilliant people, joy and delight. I can’t imagine not being there. Tickets here.

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May
26
7:00 pm19:00

In conversation with Barbara Brown Taylor

The Revd Barbara Brown Taylor in conversation with Pádraig Ó Tuama

Sunday 26th May, 7pm Fitzroy Church. 

(At 5.15pm there will be a short ‘Corrymeela in the City’ reflective service in Fitzroy. You are welcome to come to this event in advance)

Event cost: FREE. donation accepted; books also available.

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

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May
16
9:00 am09:00

Conflict Resolution for Chaplains and Spiritual Care workers

I’m delighted to partner with Spiritual Care Australia in running a morning of professional development for Chaplains and Spiritual Care workers (from healthcare, prison chaplaincy, hospice and in/out patient facilities, community chaplaincy, pastoral work). This event will be at the Uniting College in Adelaide.

We will explore some of the dynamics of conflict that are inherent to the work of pastoral care, and consider — using conflict theory and story and some poems — how to support ourselves and our colleagues and our work in using this conflict for the good. You can register here.

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May
9
to 10 May

Storywork - Pilgrim College, Melbourne

  • Centre for Theology and Ministry (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It’s a delight to be part of the circle of artists Julie Perrin and Christina Rowntree in Melbourne. Both engaged deeply in the way that story, art and public life intersect, they have kindly asked if I’d offer a few Storywork session in Melbourne on Thursday 9th May and Friday 10th May. These sessions are standalone. On the 11th May, I’m thrilled to be part of launching Julie Perrin’s new book Tender.

You can sign up for the sessions here.

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May
3
to 5 May

SacredEdge, Queenscliff May 3-5

The delicious folks at Queenscliff UCA run an annual festival of diversity: bringing voices of LGBT people, indigenous people, folks seeking asylum, folks engaged in projects to do with sustainability and wellbeing together for a weekend of music, poetry, storytelling, reflection, space, damned fine food and damneder fine company. I’m thrilled to be part of it again. Check out the programme and registration.

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'Saved by the Secular' - Evening public lecture, Stirling College, Melbourne
Feb
11
6:30 pm18:30

'Saved by the Secular' - Evening public lecture, Stirling College, Melbourne

‘Saved by the Secular’

I’m delighted to give a public lecture on the evening of Monday 11th February at Stirling College, part of the Melbourne University of Divinity. The event starts at 6.30pm with a drinks reception, and the cost is $10 ($8 concession). This event is co-hosted by Spiritual Care Australia.

You can register here, and, if you want to, you can download the poster here.

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 ‘Poetry as theology, theology as poetry’  (Whitley College, Melbourne)
Feb
11
11:00 am11:00

‘Poetry as theology, theology as poetry’ (Whitley College, Melbourne)

  • 'Theology and the Arts' at Whitley College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I will be one of the presenters at the Melbourne University of Divinity’s “"Theology and the Arts” gathering from 11-20 February 2019. I’ll be doing presentations on the morning and afternoon of the 11th February at Whitley College. Flyer is here and you can get more information (and apply) here.

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Spirituality in Untrusting Waters - Sydney
Feb
4
9:00 am09:00

Spirituality in Untrusting Waters - Sydney

I’m delighted to be part of a conference — Spirituality in Untrusting Waters — in Sydney, Australia in February 2019. The conference is a collaborative initiative of Uniting, Wesley Mission, Uniting Theological College and The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW and ACT. Links are here and you can email for registration on pastoralstrength[@]uniting.org

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Poetry reading in London
Aug
23
6:00 pm18:00

Poetry reading in London

  • Inclusive Drinks at Southwark Cathedral (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'm delighted to do a poetry reading with the Inclusive Drinks group in London. 

Inclusive Drinks is supportive social group for anyone in the Southwark Cathedral community. This poetry event will meet in the Millenium Courtyard at Southwark Cathedral, on 23 August, just after evensong, at about 6.15-ish. It's free -- the eventbrite page for the event is here. 

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Jun
6
to 8 Jun

Retreat in London with Moot, June 6-8.

I'm delighted to be going back to London this June (Friday evening 6th June - Sunday 8th June) to lead a retreat with the Moot community. This retreat - called 'Human Encounter in the Gospels' - will look at human interaction in the gospel texts, and consider these accounts through various lenses: the lens of literary analysis, the lens of prayer and the lens of our own lives. 

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