Visioning 21st Century Ecumenism

This part of the site provides information about our three-year (2009-2011) Irish Government/IRCHSS-funded research project, ‘Visioning 21st Century Ecumenism: Diversity, Dialogue & Reconciliation.’ The research team has completed the first phase of the project, two major surveys about faith in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (April-July 2009). One is a survey of clergy, pastors, ministers and faith leaders; the other is a survey of laypeople.

Our Online Visioning 21st Century Ecumenism Course can be accessed here. The course contains two modules: ‘The Bible in Dispute’ and ‘Where in the World is God?’ developed by Dr Johnston McMaster and Dr Cathy Higgins of our Education for Reconciliation Continuing Education course. Each module features video segments for each topic, as well as Lesson Plans and Student Notes.

A conference, ‘From World Mission to Interreligious Witness,’ was held 16-18 June 2010 at Trinity College Dublin. Click here for information about the conference, including the Call for Papers.

The results of the surveys are now available, click on the links below to download the reports:

Faith Leaders Report Layperson Report


‘Auditing Ireland’s Religious Diversity,’ Workshop held 20-21 October 2009 in Belfast.

Click here to view reports and photos from our workshop discussing the survey reports…


Background to the project:

The research conducted for this project will provide the springboard for a major international conference (2010) to mark the centenary of the 1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference, to evaluate the contributions of ecumenism in Ireland and globally, and to identify key areas in which ecumenics can contribute to conversations about theological and cultural diversity, the influence of immigration, inter-faith dialogue and reconciliation. Our aims are: 1. To stimulate further theological research in related theological subdisciplines (e.g., ecumenical ecclesiology, socio-religious reconciliation; contextual theology and social ethics); 2. To equip churches and other faith communities with theological resources for a new ecumenical vision and praxis for the 21st century. Click on a link below to learn about researchers working on the project: