Friday, 27 July 2012

School of the heart

A 'SCHOOL of the heart'. That could be a good name for the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. It's also the name of a fine blog from Jesuit priest Fr Tim Byron, currently working in Edinburgh in the city centre parish of the Sacred Heart.

Tim's blog has that title. In Latin it's Schola Affectus. He writes: "Having returned to Edinburgh from beautiful Arisaig it is impossible not to notice all the posters that have popped up all over the place.  They announce the imminent arrival of the Edinburgh International Arts Festival and its 23 associated festivals.  There are book festivals, jazz festivals, politics festival, contemporary art festivals, street performance, internet festivals and interestingly a festival of spirituality and peace.

"In its twelfth year, the base ... is an Episcopalian Church, St Johns on Princes Street although there are over 400 activities across 21 venues. With speakers, conversations, performances, film, food, exhibitions, family activities, workshops, art, culture and more ‘FOSP’ is now looking forward to its twelfth year.

"The programme is eclectic varying from a Soweto based dance troupe, Poetry in a Persian Tent, sessions on Ethical Banking, Jewish storytelling and Asian & Arabic fusion dance.  I am booking tickets for some discussion events, including one with the title of ‘Where are the Organisational Healers?’ and another intriguingly entitled ‘Churches own 8% of the planet’."

You can follow Tim's blog here.

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