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My monograph Peacebuilding and Catholic Social Teaching will be coming out with Notre Dame University Press in September 2020.

The book starts from one question: what would it take to galvanise the world’s 1.4 billion Catholics in the cause of a sustainable, just peace? Among other things, it would require the Catholic Church’s teaching on peace to become better known and rooted in the lives of ordinary Catholics. It also requires that teaching tradition to continue developing in light of the challenges of contemporary conflict, and the insights of contemporary strategic peacebuilding. The book explores the development of the Church’s teaching on peace, and engages constructively with the themes of pastoral accompaniment, solidarity, social sin, reconciliation and desire for peace.

You can download a flyer here, and pre-order the book here.

What do artists have to contribute to the work of peacebuilding? Transforming violent conflict is not just a matter of rebuilding institutions and infrastructure: it also requires rebuilding less tangible things like trust and hope, healing trauma, and working with the symbolic, religious and cultural language of people affected by violent conflict.

The edited collection Peacebuilding and the Arts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) came out of a project at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, which brought together peacebuilders, theologians, theorists and artists to ask what literature and storytelling, theatre and dance, music, visual arts and film can contribute to task of peacebuilding.

You can find out more and order the book here.


How Critical Realism Can Help Catholic Social Teaching’, in Daniel K. Finn (ed.), Social Structures, Culture, and Moral Agency: A Primer on Critical Realism for Christian Ethics, (Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2020).

Drawings for Projection: Proposing Peacebuilding through the Arts’ in Hal Culbertson, Theodora Hawksley, Jolyon Mitchell and Giselle Vincett (eds.), Peacebuilding and the Arts (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Of Gods and Men: Peacebuilding and Catholic Social Teaching’ in Jolyon Mitchell, Lesley Orr, Martyn Percy and Francesca Po (eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Peace (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2020).

Church Conflict and the Art of Healing’ in Sebastian Kim, Pauline Kollontai and Sue Yore (eds.), Mediating Peace: Reconciliation through Visual Art, Music and Film (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), 351–365.


‘On Consulting the Laity in Matters of Morals’, Journal of Marriage, Family and Spirituality 20.1 (2014), 26–31.

‘Metaphor and Method in Concrete Ecclesiologies’ Scottish Journal of Theology 66.04 (2013): 431–447.

‘The Freedom of the Spirit: The Pneumatological Point of Barth’s Ecclesiological Minimalism’, Scottish Journal of Theology 64:2 (2011) 180–94.

“ ‘But it did happen…’: Sound as a Narrative of Redemption in P.T Anderson’s Magnolia (1999)”, Journal of Religion and Film 13:2 (2009).

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