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Dr Cathy Higgins

Adjunct Assistant Professor


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Cathy Higgins is an Assistant Professor on the Education for Reconciliation programme, Irish School of Ecumenics, Belfast. She has degrees from Queen’s University, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin. Her doctorate is from San Francisco Theological Seminary, USA on Deconstructing An Irish Culture of Violence: Creating Active Non-Violent Strategies from Women’s Voices and Experiences.

She has co-authored Communities of Reconciliation: Living Faith in the Public Place and Churches Working Together: A Practical Resource. A co-authored chapter is included an ISE Festschrift, ‘Toward A Life-Giving Ethic: Engaging Biblical Texts of Violence in the Violent Context of Northern Ireland.’

Dr Higgins has been involved in the design and delivery of a range of Community Education programmes through-out Northern Ireland and Border Counties. She has also taught on international programmes in Eastern Europe. Her teaching areas include reconciliation, feminist theologies and biblical hermeneutics. Most recently she has developed and taught a programme on Women and Peacebuilding, with an emphasis on empowering women in church and society. She has experience facilitating development with Inter-Church Fora and has worked in collaborative roles with women from inter-face areas in Belfast. As a community educator engaged in theology as praxis she has worked collaboratively with a wide range of social, voluntary and statutory networks in Northern Ireland.

Current research and curriculum design is in the area of ecclesiology, in particular around alternative models of church and faith communities as communities of resistance. She is currently researching and writing for a publication on this subject.

Areas of expertise

Community and Theology Education, Feminist Theology, Women and Peacebuilding

Courses taught

Northern Ireland: Conflict and the Politics of Peace, Feminist Theology


D.Min. San Francisco Theology Seminary
M.Phil. in Ecumenical Studies, Trinity College Dublin
Diploma in Theology, Queen’s University Belfast
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, St. Mary’s University College Belfast
B.A. Queen’s University Belfast

Select publications

Churches as Communities of Resistance, with Johnston McMaster, forthcoming.

Communities of Reconciliation: Living Faith in the Public Place, with Johnston McMaster, Belfast: Colourpoint Press, 2002.

Churches Working Together: A Practical Resource, with Johnston McMaster, Belfast: Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, 2001.



Last updated 13 February 2019 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).