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Transforming Post-Catholic IrelandReligious Practice in Late Modernity$
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Gladys Ganiel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745785.001.0001

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Fermanagh Churches Forum

Fermanagh Churches Forum

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Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Gladys Ganiel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the findings from a case study of Fermanagh Churches Forum (FCF), which was established to promote better inter-church relations, Christian unity, and reconciliation. It includes a history of FCF, and explains how FCF is an expression of extra-institutional religion. It focuses on people’s stories about how FCF facilitated individual transformation through education and building relationships; as well as how FCF serves as a vehicle for activism around reconciliation and ecumenism, exploration of other religions, and climate change/fair trade. It is in activism around such issues where the potential to spark wider socio-political transformation lies, although people from FCF seemed disappointed that they had not seen more dramatic results from their efforts. Nevertheless, church forums like FCF are able to focus on wider processes of reconciliation when traditional religious institutions are not inclined to do so.

Keywords:   church forums, extra-institutional religion, reconciliation, ecumenism, individual transformation, climate change, fair trade

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