support and conference welcome from First
Minister of Scotland, the Rt Hon Jack McConnell, MSP.
February 28, 2004:
welcome on behalf of the organizers,
Neill Walker, Edinburgh International Centre for World Spiritualities
and Neil Douglas-Klotz, Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning.
Release: February 27, 2004
Shalom Eliyahu McLean will give the Time for
Reflection talk at the Scottish Parliament on March 3,
2004. To read his remarks, please click here.
Release: February 26, 2004
of support for the First Edinburgh Festival of Middle
Eastern Spirituality and Peace have been received from a number
of organizations, including:
World Congress of Faiths
World Council of Religious Leaders
Association for Religious Freedom
Muslim Council of Britain
the above links to read these letters.
Release: December 12, 2003
Celebrates Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace
wide range of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic representatives will
join in a conference, workshops, and arts and cultural events
during a week long Festival centred on the theme of spiritual
approaches to peace.
Friday 27 February – Sunday 7 March, the Ist Annual Festival
of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace will bring together artists
and speakers from the Sufi, Druze, Baha'i, Ismaili, Zoroastrian
and other lesser known traditions, in addition to representatives
of more mainstream Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
the highlights of the Festival will include: a two day International
Conference at the Quaker Meeting House (March 3-4), a public evening
Multi Faith Forum at St. George's West Church on the Spiritual
Foundations for Peace, an evening colloqium on Science and Spirituality
(5), an Interfaith Meditation Retreat at Wiston Lodge near Biggar
(5-7), and a Middle Eastern themed One World Peace and Justice
Concert at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral (6), among a wide range
of education, film, theatre, music, dance, storytelling, and exhibition
events and workshops, as well as services linked to the theme
of the Festival.
Festival has been jointly organized by the Edinburgh International
Centre for World Spiritualities, EICWS, and the Edinburgh Institute
for Advanced Learning, EIAL, with the support of many other organizations.
‘Spiritual approaches to peace - ones that use art, music, and
processes of listening and forgiveness - have an important role
to play in the peace process,' said Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, one
of the event organizers. ‘We're bringing together people who are
already active in these approaches on the ground in the Middle
East, or who have new and creative ideas about how to proceed
in an area from which we are used to hearing mainly bad news.'
to Neill Walker of the EICWS, ‘Scotland has a distinctive role
to play in meeting the global challenge of multifaith and cultural
diversity, dialogue, and shared understanding leading to mutual
spiritual enrichment. We feel that this conference and Festival
will not only lead to new spiritual understandings across traditions,
but it will also further contacts, understandings, and learnings
between Scotland and the spiritual communities of the Middle East.'
information about the Festival can be obtained from these contacts
below, and Festival brochures will be out around the end of January
2004. Nearer the Festival dates the Festival information will
be hosted on the following website: www.eial.org
Edinburgh International Centre for World Spiritualities,
William Black Place
+44 (0)131 331 4469
Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning
EH9 3EL, Scotland, UK.
+44 (0)7005 802 580