Sunday, 7 August 2011

Peace requires tough listening

IN certain circles there are several topics often considered beyond the bounds of 'polite' conversation: namely religion, politics, sex and money.

But if these four are not "regular features" of our global conversation about peace, justice and spirituality, "the world will spin on some very strange axes," the Bishop of Edinburgh has suggested.

Bishop Brian Smith was speaking to a packed opening event and service for the 2011 Festival of Spirituality and Peace (FoSP) at St John's Church in the heart of Scotland's capital.

Quoting Emeritus Professor Peter Jones, giving a special lecture to mark the tercentenary of David Hume - Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist - Bishop Smith approved the definition of conversation as "a sacred and improvisatory practice in which the duty to listen precedes the right to speak."

Full story here.

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