Conversations

 




Forgiveness: Optional or Mandatory?

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

What Makes a Person Scottish?

FREE

 

 

 

Mon 6 August 6pm - 7.15pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Tue 7 August 12.30pm - 1.30pm

St. Cuthbert’s Church, Lindisfarne Room

(Venue 122)

 

 

 

Forgiveness is not proprietary to the church, it is ‘open source’ technology belonging to all humans. Why is it so important to faith communities? Do scriptures really teach us how to practise this ‘counter-intuitive’ choice? How can we be kind when forgiveness is not an option?

 

Dr Stephen Cherry, Durham Cathedral Reverend Canon; Olivier Clerc, the author of ‘The Gift of Forgiveness’; and Sue Hanisch from the Forgiveness Project.

 

Are Scots “energetic, speculative and inventive” or “insecure, vulnerable and Anglophobic”? Does Scottishness and Scotland need re-inventing for the twenty-first century? How do we do this with or without Scottish independence?

 

John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde; and Dr Carol Craig, CEO of the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing. Chaired by Isobel Lindsay.

 

 

 

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Can We Evolve our Spirituality?

£10.50 (£8.50)

 

Disorganised Religion

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

 

 

Tue 7 August 6pm - 7.15pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Thurs 9 August 5.45pm - 7pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Spiritual perspectives divide nations in an apparent competition for ownership of souls.  Faiths fight. Traditional religions are challenged by new age spirituality. Believers and seekers are left confused by different understandings of faith, spirituality and the meaning of human existence.

 

Andrew Cohen, Enlightenment Next, and The Right Rev Bishop Brian Smith meet again after last year’s sell-out event. Tasked to explore the possibility of co-operation and collaboration in the evolving world of spirituality.

 

www.enlightennext.org

 

We live in an era where people are inquisitive about spirituality, but distrustful or hostile towards ‘organised religion’, especially in its Christian forms. But there are strong antiinstitutional and non-hierarchical traditions in Christianity and beyond. Can Anabaptists, Quakers and Nonconformists offer a new vision of faith and an alternative to top-down religion?  Join the ‘vast minority’ to discuss what a radical reformation in the Church has to offer.

 

Ian Milligan, Anabaptist Network Scotland; Simon Barrow, Ekklesia and Michael Marten, ‘Critical Religion’, University of Stirling. In partnership with the Iona Community and Ekklesia.

 

www.ekklesia.co.uk www.iona.org.uk

 

 

 

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World Church in Action

FREE

 

The Quest for Ethical Banking

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

 

 

Fri 10 August 12 noon - 1pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Fri 10 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Keith and Ida Waddell are Church of Scotland Mission Partners for Health and Education with the United Church of Zambia at Mwandi Mission in one of the most deprived areas of Zambia. Both

are involved in poverty alleviation work to enable people to enjoy a more dignified and fulfilling life- caring for their spiritual, social and physical well-being- as social justice and development are inextricably linked to peace.

 

In partnership with the Church of Scotland World Mission Council.

 

www.churchofscotland.org.uk

 

‘In the last decade, banking has been severely criminogenic in the U.S. and much of the world.  The unethical banking leaders became dominant.’ - William K. Black

 

How can we redefine banking system to serve community, environment and economy?

 

David Cousland, Triodos Bank; Giles Cuthbert, Chartered Banker Institute; Saftar Sarwar, the Islamic Finance Council; and Beth Stratford, Friends of the Earth Scotland.

 

£10.50 (£6.50) Ticket Bundle:

Calling For The New Jubilee: Financial Chaos, Occupy And Faith & The Quest For Ethical Banking

 

 

 

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Calling for the New Jubilee:

Financial Chaos, Occupy and Faith

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

Boys Don’t Automatically

Grow Up to be Men

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

 

 

Fri 10 August 6pm - 7pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sat 11 August 10am - 11am

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

The growing financial crises both at home and abroad are being paid for by the poorest. This has led to calls for a debt jubilee – echoing the ancient idea of a jubilee year in which all debts are cancelled and financial slaves freed.

 

Join panelists from the occupy movement,

faith leaders and economic campaigners to

examine the idea of debt cancellation and

the modern-day relevance of the jubilee.

In partnership with Jubilee Scotland.

 

www.jubileescotland.org.uk

 

£10.50 (£6.50) Ticket Bundle:

Calling For The New Jubilee:

Financial Chaos, Occupy And Faith

& The Quest For Ethical Banking

 

 

What is the basis of male violence? Why is

Scotland’s male suicide rate to high? We need to reposition role-models and redefine male leadership to address the corrosive morality undermining today’s young men.

 

Graham Goulden, Chief Inspector National

Anti-Violence Campaign Coordinator, Violence Reduction Unit; Sandy Campbell, CEO and founder of Working Rite - a work based mentoring programme for 16-18 year old boys; and Michael Boyle, founder of Abandofbrothers community rites of passage programme and a certified leader/leader trainer of the ManKind Project.

 

 

 

 

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Scotland’s Apartheid –

Can We Overcome the Green and Orange Sectarian Divide?

FREE

 

Where are the Organisational

Healers?

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

 

 

Sat 11 August 12 noon - 1pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sat 11 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Centuries of sectarianism have left a deep impact on perception of opposing community groups.  Roseanna Cunningham MSP invites Bishop David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and Duncan Morrow, former CEO of Ulster Community Relations Council (CRC) to reflect on current approaches taken by politicians, churches and social initiatives to guide their communities to peaceful co-existence.

 

In partnership with Community Safety Unit.

 

www.scotland.gov.uk/community-safety

 

In the past five years we’ve seen the collapse of Northern Rock, the credit crunch, the Ryan Report on abuse in the Catholic Church, MP’s expense scandals, News of the World phone hacking, Eurozone bailouts and what many believe to be a dismantling of the NHS in England and Wales. Most of our society’s institutions and organisations appear to be very ill.

 

Joette Thomas from the Craighead Institute in Glasgow engages Dr Rosie Ilett, Healthcare Manager, and Ewan Kelly, Programme Director for Healthcare Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, NHS Education for Scotland.

 

In partnership with the Craighead Institute.

 

www.craighead.org.uk

 

 

 

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Women in Leadership

FREE

 

Wilful Blindness

£10.50 (£8.50)

 

 

 

Tue 14 August 12.30pm - 1.30pm

St. Cuthbert’s Church, Lindisfarne Room

(Venue 122)

 

Thurs 16 August 5.45pm - 7pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

The barriers that prevent women reaching positions of leadership are falling. What makes women inspirational leaders? What

are the essential strengths of women leaders in the largely male dominated worlds of business, government and Church?

 

The panel consists of Susan Rice CBE; Eilidh Whiteford MP; Christine Richard OBE and The Very Rev Dr Sheilagh M Kesting.

 

In partnership with the Church of Scotland.

 

www.churchofscotland.org.uk

 

Our brain filters and edits information setting up blind-spots that we choose to perpetuate making our ignorance contrived and deliberate. What makes us prefer ignorance? What are we so afraid of? What effect does this have on our churches, businesses, military and personal relationships?

 

Margaret Heffernan, author of ‘Wilful

Blindness’ talks with Charles Handy, social philosopher, author, broadcaster and former Professor at London Business School.

 

 

 

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Feature Conversation

Alone, Together:

A Conversation

with Charles Handy

£10.50 (£8.50)

 

Fri 17 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Independence in life and work is what more and more people are looking for, but the freedom it brings can be lonely and frustrating.  Charles Handy describes a group of ‘acorn’ or tiny businesses near where he lives in Norfolk. These people are fiercely independent but gather together for breakfast every Friday to support and encourage each other.

This is their way to balance independence with companionship and connection to others. What is yours?

 

Join Charles Handy, social philosopher, author, broadcaster and former Professor at London Business School. 

 

The conversation will use the device of ‘The Empty Chair’. There will be three chairs on the platform.  Charles will occupy the middle one and invite someone to join him in conversation, sitting in one of the chairs beside him. The third chair is empty.

As soon as someone else wants to continue the conversation on the same or different topic, he or she comes and sits in the third, or empty, chair.  This is the signal to the preceding conversationalist to close and depart, leaving another empty chair awaiting the next occupant. In this way there is a continuing series of conversations, to all of which the wider audience is privy.

 

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Afghanistan –

A Women’s Battle

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

Poland in Scotland,

Scotland in Poland

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

 

 

Sat 18 August 12 noon - 1pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sun 19 August 2pm - 3pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

What is happening on the ground in Afghanistan?  Journalists, doctors and aid workers face community issues in attempts to liberate Afghan women from oppression and grow peace. Why are they there? How does it help? The Afghan war needs another face. See the war from a different perspective, the perspective of women and peacemakers.

 

Dr Claire Duncanson, University of

Edinburgh Politics and International

Relations lecturer; Horia Mosadiq, Amnesty International researcher in Afghanistan; and Firuz Rahimi, BBC Afghan service.

 

 

Shared history, collaboration and friendship between Poland and Scotland dates back to the 15th century. Centuries of co-operation between the two nations have been preserved on pages of history, in pieces of art and in personal memories.

Richard Demarco, CBE, artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts, will share his memories and thoughts on the relationship between the Poles and the Scots.

 

Hosted by Dr Raymond Raszkowski Ross, a Polish-Scottish playwright and Artistic Director of Theatre Objektiv.

 

In partnership with the Demarco European Art Foundation.

 

www.richarddemarco.org

 

 

 

 

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Women in Religion

FREE

 

The Spirituality and Practice of Peace in a World of War

£8.50 (£6.50)

 

 

 

Tue 21 August 12.30pm - 1.30pm

St. Cuthbert’s Church, Lindisfarne Room

(Venue 122)

 

Wed 22 August 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

 

Feminist theology questions the role of women across several religions. Should traditions, practices and scriptures be reconsidered and re-valued from the female perspective? Should male-dominated imagery and language about God still determine women’s place amongst their fellow believers?

 

Rev Fiona Bennett, United Reform Church; Lesley Orr, University of Edinburgh; and Prof Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen, will talk about a redefined role of women in religion.

 

Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear SJ, an internationally recognized teacher of nonviolence in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr will speak with Kathy Galloway, head of Christian Aid and former leader of the Iona Community, exploring the spiritual practice of peacemaking in a world addicted to war and weaponry.

 

Moderated by Brian Larkin, Coordinator of the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.

 

In partnership with the Edinburgh

Peace and Justice Centre.

 

www.peaceandjustice.org.uk

 

 

 

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Conflict as a Force

for Change

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

Churches Own 8%

of the Planet

£6.50 (£4.50)

 

 

 

Thurs 23 August 5.45pm - 7pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Fri 24 August 10am - 11am

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

When we see all conflict as ‘bad’ we miss the opportunity for change arising from facing the other. The unknown, unfamiliar or different confront us. Do confrontation, polarisation and competition have a place in a peaceful world? How can we work with these to our advantage as peacemakers?

 

Malcolm Stern, a co-founder of Alternatives at St James’ Church in London; Maureen Jack, Christian Peacemaker Teams; and Simon Keyes, St Ethelburga’s Centre. Chaired by Rev Ewan Aitken, the Church of Scotland.

 

 

Churches reportedly own 8% of the planet, including 70% of Sub-Saharan school establishments. What are their responsibilities as major landowners? How important is environmental protection to the church? How does cooperation and collaboration help balance the power of the landowner with empowerment of communities?

 

Join Martin Palmer, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation; The Right Rev Dr John Armes, Diocese of Edinburgh, Scottish Episcopal Church; and Simon Keyes, St. Ethelburga’s Centre.

 

 

 

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What is Uprising in Syria?

£8.50 (£6.50)

 

Our Friend Death

£8.50 (£6.50)

 

 

 

Fri 24 August 12 noon - 1pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Fri 24 August 2pm - 3pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Armed conflict in Syria fills the newspaper headlines dividing opinions over the government’s military intervention. What is this conflict about?  Join an up-to-date discussion on the Syrian conflict that gives local context and highlights responses from the global community. 

 

Sadakat Kadri, criminal, constitutional and international law barrister; Dr Mounir Atassi, Syrian organiser of a Glasgow protest against the regime; and Dr Thomas Pierret, University of Edinburgh Lecturer in Contemporary Islam.

 

 

‘Roger and Val' has been billed as the best British sitcom since 'The Office'. Strangely, or perhaps not so strangely, death features strongly in the sitcom. This extraordinary session will explore the issues around death and dying with the writer of the sitcom and with Arthur Smith, one of Britain’s premier comedians. He will be joined by John Lanchester the author of 'Capital' and chaired by Richard Smith, an international leader in health, an advocate for a better understanding of death and dying and the previous editor of the British Medical Journal.

 

In partnership with the University of Edinburgh Global Health Academy.

 

www.ed.ac.uk

 

 

 

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Feature Conversation

Bosnia Twenty Years On

£8.50 (£6.50)

 

Fri 24 August 6pm - 7pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

The year 2012 is the 20th anniversary of the outbreak of the worst conflict in Europe since the end of World War II, the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which culminated in the massacre of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995. Territorial, ethnic, political and religious factors all played a part in the conflict, and remain active in the region, but attempts at peacemaking and reconciliation have been made by both political and religious actors.

 

In the light of the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian War, Mustafa Cerić, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Revd Donald Reeves, the Director of the Soul of Europe; and Professor Hugh Goddard, Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, will discuss the legacy of the conflict, and the role of faith and community initiatives in bringing about healing.

 

In partnership with the Alwaleed Centre.

 

www.alwaleed.ed.ac.uk

 

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Challenging Islamophobia:

12 Cities Project

£8.50 (£6.50)

 

The Power of Youth and Football to Heal a Divided City

FREE

 

 

 

Sat 25 August 10am - 11am

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sat 25 August 12 noon - 1pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

There are far right populist leaders in Europe who champion nationalism and regard Muslim minorities ‘as a threat’ and ‘alien to our way of life: they are not like us’. This is an example of blatant racism and anti-Islam as a religion.  We cannot allow this racist ideology to turn Muslims into the new Jews of Europe.  The 12 Cities Project of the Soul of Europe, challenges Islamophobia across Europe.

 

Revd Donald Reeves MBE, Director of the Soul of Europe; Dr Harry Hagopian international lawyer, ecumenist and EU political consultant; and Shaykh Amer Jamil, the Solas Foundation.

 

www.soulofeurope.org

 

‘Divided City’, a book and musical set in Glasgow, tells a story about young football fans who follow opposing teams. The author, Theresa Breslin; Martin Travers, playwright; and Jenny Marra MSP will reflect on the success of the musical performed by Glasgow secondary students and the impact of the story on local communities.

 

In partnership with Glasgow Citizens Theatre.

 

www.citz.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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