The Good Friday Agreement resulted in the cessation of paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland. However, prejudice and animosity between Protestants and Catholics remains. The Real Peace Process draws on extensive fieldwork in Protestant and Catholic churches across Ireland to analyse how Christian worship can become caught up in sectarianism. The book examines the need for a peace process that changes hearts and minds and not merely civic structures of their inhabitants. Aspects of everyday worship – ranging from the spatial and symbolic to the verbal, musical and interpersonal – are explored as the means by which sectarianism can be challenged and transformed.
"A model for how insightful ethnography can lead to the enrichment of practical and constructive theology, it demonstrates how religious worship can be rooted into political worlds." – Choice
"The value of this book lies in its detail: its careful descriptions of actual practices and its comparison with other forms of practice within the same churches in different societies, and, most of all, in its critical perspective." – Journal of Church and State
Part I 1. Worship and Sectarianism 2. Worship and Reconciliation Part II 3. Spaces, Gestures, Bodies, Visuals 4. Words Part III 5. Meals 6. Music and Song 7. Conclusion