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Sunday 2nd December  
A day of story, poetry and prayer for Advent Sunday with
Pádraig Ó Tuama

We’re delighted to welcome Pádraig Ó Tuama. He is leader of the  Corrymeela Community, which is Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization, and the author of multiple books of both poetry and prose, chapters, articles and presented papers.  He addresses topics spanning theology, peace and justice studies, narrative, identity and his context of Northern Ireland. He also leads retreats, and has worked with groups in Ireland, Britain, the United States and Australia on storytelling, theology, identity and healing from conflict.

His collection “Sorry for Your Troubles” shares poems that tell stories of individuals who have lived through conflict in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and elsewhere.  His book “In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World” relates ideas of shelter and welcome using poetry, story, biblical reflection and prose.

10.45am – 12.30pm
Festival Communion

Uplifting music and spiritual food for the soul - an open, shared Communion, in company with people of all ages and stages on the journey of life and faith.

3.00pm - 4.30pm
This Advent Darkened Room  
For this afternoon session we will explore the theme of darkness as a gift for religion. So much of religious language seems to present itself as certainty, and yet so much of religious experience is in the half-light, twilight or night-time of intuition. Taking Patrick Kavanagh’s poem ‘Advent’ as a discussion point, we will talk together about art, faith, doubt, certainty and uncertainty. Sitting together in the short days of the year, we will share stories from our lives as well as explore poetries that dignify our doubts and deepen our dialogue.
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All events take place at
St James Scottish Episcopal Church, John’s Place, Leith Links, Edinburgh, EH6 7EL.

St James Church is a Charity registered in Scotland
Charity No: SC002833

Where to find us

7.30pm - 8.30pm
Contemplative prayers and poems from Pádraig for the first night of Advent.