Dr Celia Kenny

Representations of Jewish-Christian Relations in Literature

Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges


Dr Celia Kenny is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Trinity College Dublin, Edinburgh University and Cardiff University, in Music, Theology, Biblical Studies, Peace Studies, Ethics and Comparative Canon Law. She is a freelance researcher, writer and lecturer in the field of contemporary religion. She has been published by Bloomsbury, Ashgate, Cambridge University Press and in the Ecclesiastical Law Journal. Celia's interest is in the way that secularisation affects the way we conduct interfaith dialogue. Since 2014, she has been a visiting lecturer in Queen's University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, Cardiff University and Leuven KU, Belgium, and was recently appointed as an honorary lecturer at QUB.

Celia is outgoing co-chair of the Irish Council of Christians and Jews. She was on the steering committee of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum, and a founding member of Scriptural Reasoning, Ireland, which brought together Jewish, Christian and Muslim men and women to consider social and ethical issues in light of their own holy books. In 2018, she was appointed as Interfaith Ministries Coordinator for Christ Church, Rathgar, Dublin, as part of a project to widen the relevance of local church in the increasingly multicultural and multifaith context of Ireland. Celia has a long association with the Woolf Institute and has found the online courses invaluable, not only for their stimulating content, but also for the opportunity to collaborate with others who have a similar passion to understand the world from new perspectives.

Celia has taken the online courses Representations of Jewish-Christian Relations in Literature and Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges, and has recently started Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter.

Selected Recent Publications

'Speaking Truth to Power: Theology, Politics and Protest in Israel' (2018/19) Volume 107 No. 428. Winter 2018. Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review

'Law, Religion and the Curve of Reason' and  'New Directions in the Confluence of Law and Religion' in Frank Cranmer, Mark Hill, Celia Kenny & Russell Sandberg, editors, The Confluence of Law and Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, April 2016)

'Public Place; Private Face: veiling as a challenge for legal reasoning', in Russell Sandberg (ed), Religion and Legal Pluralism (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015)

'The Training of Ministers of Religion in Ireland', in Francis Messner, ed. Public Authorities and the Training of Religious Personnel in Europe: Proceedings of the XXVth Annual Conference Strasbourg/Klingenthal, 21– 24 November 2013 (Granada: Editorial Comares SL, 2015)

'The Loss of Old Certainties as the Ground of our Hope', in Peter Admirand (ed.), Loss and Hope: Global, Interreligious and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014)

'Law and the Art of Defining Religion' (2014) 16 Ecclesiastical Law Journal.

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