MESP Strands, Principles, Presentations,
Practices, Processes and Event Formats
1. spirituality, and relations among spiritual and faith traditions;
2. peace and conflict;
3. education, learning and audience development;
4. arts and culture;
5. health, wellbeing and healing;
6. equality, diversity and communities;
7. celebrating Scotland, the UK and the Middle East in international terms.
1. engagement with a progressively wider and more diverse range of contributors
2. no speaker represents the totality of any tradition
3. no religious group or organization, or the Festival organization or sponsors,
should be identified with the opinions of any speaker, whose opinions remain
4. all mystical and prophetic voices for non-violence and peace should be allowed
a hearing, without censorship or prior vetting by any religious group or organization.
5. MESP takes no fixed position on any political, ethical or cultural question.
We intend rather to create a forum in which we can listen to each other more
deeply and learn with a more open mind and heart.
6. MESP positively affirms the diversity contained within the religious and
spiritual, educational, artistic and cultural, ethnic, and international traditions
of the Middle East, as well as those here in Scotland.
7. MESP welcomes a diverse range of modes of participation in an attempt to
reflect and celebrate individual insights and experiences, to allow for hidden
or marginalised voices, and to celebrate diversity and difference. We also
seek to establish common ground where it exists.
8. MESP is managed as a charitable event for wide public benefit, and all events
in the Festival should reflect the Festival Equality and Diversity Ethos.
1. learning from each other about our shared traditions, as well as those
that form the unique voice of any one of us.
2. hearing from those who have been active in peacemaking on a spiritual basis
on the ground in the Middle East.
3. inviting participants to share in the musical and devotional spiritual practice
presented, in order to gain an experiential view of the traditions we discussed.
The spiritual practices shared by participants include chant, dance and movement,
meditation, mindfulness, openness of heart and mind, trust, deep listening
and empathy, compassion, awareness of each other, respect, celebrating differences,
acceptance, understanding, allowing, holding space, welcoming, hospitality,
appreciation, rituals, not knowing, bearing witness, loving action, etc.
1. MESP participants are invited to shape their own experience during the
Festival, and to take personal responsibility for participating as peacemakers
and community builders.
2. MESP participants are invited to take personal responsibility for processing
any conflicts or obstacles to peace that they experience, and for self-evaluating
their own participation as peacemakers and community builders for the benefit
of their wider life experience.
3. Conflict and obstacles to peace are of central importance in the lives of
peacemakers and community builders. They hold seeds for our spiritual and creative
development, and can provide energy to sustain such development.
MESP provides many opportunities to engage spiritually, creatively and non-violently
with conflict and obstacles to peace in supportive and non-judgmental environments,
allowing participants the opportunity to transform conflicts and obstacles
to peace into new perspectives, insights and actions.
4. MESP participants share experiences of personal interaction, mutual support
5. MESP is a vehicle for local and international community building between
diverse spiritual traditions, cultures and communities and between the internal
and external experiences of the individual.
6. MESP provides a supportive, caring, non-judgemental environment in which
participants engage in interactive exercises, role play, rituals, deep listening
and sharing about experiences and awareness of wisdom relating to the basic
elements of peacemaking and community building. Elements which some found to
be important have included:
Welcoming (hospitality, appreciation, rituals)
Respect/celebrating differences, acceptance/understanding and allowing/holding
Openness of heart and mind, trust, listening, compassion, and awareness of
Skills or tools of peacemaking in a humane way, letting go, challenging, transforming
MESP Events Formats
Multi Faith and Spiritual Forums:
Day and Evening Workshops:
Spiritual Practice events:
Peace and Conflict events:
Education and Learning events:
Health, Wellbeing and Healing events:
Equality, Diversity and Community events:
Celebrating Scotland, the UK and the Middle East in international terms
Hospitality or Service events:
Films and Documentaries:
Neill Walker and Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz.
Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP,
4, William Black Place, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9PZ.
T: +44 (0) 131 331 4469, E: email@example.com,