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[Short CV and Academic CV]

[Published articles - chronological]

Published articles - classified index:

  1. Community

  2. Globalisation

  3. Nonviolence

  4. Sustainability & Climate

  5. Land Reform

  6. Superquarries

  7. Epistemology

  8. Psychology

  9. PNG & Pacific

  10. Spirituality

  11. Consciousness

  12. Mythology

  13. Scottish Constitutional

 

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[An Idea of Speaking Topics]

[Bookings and accountability ethos]

[Index of rare third party resources]

[Links to other websites]

[Letters to the Press]

[BBC Thoughts for the Day]

 

 

 

 

 

 

New This Past Year:  [Info & events for Spiritual Activism - from Green Books, due 24 September 2015]  [TheStoryWeb's podcast of Chap 1 of Soil & Soul (Aug 2015)]  [Multiparty Dialogue video presentation on Climate Change & the Highland Fool (July 2015, 17 mins)]  [Nomad Podcast: Liberation theology, spiritual activism & sense of place (June 2015)]  [Land Reform: clearance living memories of Donald J Macleod of Uig, Isle of Lewis (May 2015)]  [BBC TV Land Reform debate with Landowners' Chairman (May 2015)]  [Irish Quakers' 2015 Yearly Lecture (May 2015)]  [Review of A Celtic Christology (May 2015)]  [Report on Papua Indonesia government planners' Hebridean study tour (Apr 2015)]  [Afghanistan Commemoration - Blessing of the Cross of Shells (April 2015)]  [Consultation response on Scottish Government Land Reform (Feb 2015)]  [Seeds of Fire conference paper on spirituality (Feb 2015)]  ['Islamic' State - Burning in the Name of God (Feb 2015)]  [Scalpay Lighthouse Path opening address (Jan 2015)]  [Lochs Agricultural Show opening address [Dec 2014]  [Book Review on Theōsis (Nov 2014)]  [Sacred Scotland essay (Nov 2014)]  [Referendum constitutional writings (Sep 2014)]  [Domestic solar & AS heat pump - carbon footprint data logging & article (2015 update pending)]  [Interviews - press, radio, TV (to date)]  [BBC Thoughts for the Day (to date)]  [Now on Twitter]

 

Hello, and a warm welcome to the website of Alastair McIntosh. Thank you for visiting my home page. See below for contact details and public itinerary, the tabs above for main themes, and links to the left for a classified index of publications and other ports of call.

I live within the old parish boundary of Govan in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, am an independent scholar, activist, writer, speaker and broadcaster from the Isle of Lewis and work freelance but with academic links that include being an Honorary Senior Research Fellow (visiting professor) in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow and a Research Fellow at the School of Divinity (New College) in the University of Edinburgh. Locally in Govan I am a founding director of the GalGael Trust; also a Fellow and special advisor to the Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) of which I was previously director.

 

What I Do and Why this Website (updated July 2015)

The purpose of this site is to represent myself professionally - see above links about my work - and to share with others the material that I unearth in a life of action and reflection. It is a self-maintained amateur website, created with antique software that is devoid of glitzy bells and smells. Functionally it does the job and - who knows? - one day it might win an award for being so "retro".

The constantly growing material posted here represents my work in human ecology - the study of and participation in relationships between the natural environment and the social environment. Some define human ecology in terms of population, environment, resources and development (PRED). My approach additionally integrates the psychological and spiritual backdrop to being human. In evaluating what matters I therefore ask such questions as:

bullet"Does what I do feed the hungry?"
bullet"Is it relevant to the poor or to the broken in nature?"
bullet"Does it contribute to understanding and meaningfulness?"
bullet"Does it give life?" 

More and more over recent years it's been the last of these questions that most binds my work together. Doing human ecology is like pulling on a tangled ball of string. You can't unravel one loop until you've understood the interconnections with all the rest. For me, these connections are about life itself, about love and consciousness, and how they can be better integrated with such practical concerns as ecology and economics.

The backbone of this website is my published work. At the top of most pages you'll find a "Published Articles" tab with material listed in chronological order. On the left hand side of this home page is an index of the same classified by subject area. Beneath that are a few other key links.

This site is not a blog. Nearly all of its material has been previously published or delivered (as an address) elsewhere. It has therefore been through varying degrees of third party peer review or editing. It includes items that appeared in small local newspapers, national press features, academic papers in refereed scholarly journals, magazine contributions, published letters, reports, speeches, poetry and broadcasts. There is also a section of 3rd party resource material where I've scanned or digitised important documents, mostly out of print, that are essential to my work or that of colleagues and students. I regret that I cannot accept advertising, unsolicited third party material or requests for reciprocal web links.

 

Education, Writing, Campaigns & Activities

My school education was all on the Isle of Lewis (1960-73), I have a BSc in geography from the University of Aberdeen (1973-77) submajoring in psychology and moral philosophy, a financial MBA from the University of Edinburgh (1980-81) and a PhD by published works in liberation theology, land reform and community empowerment from the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster (2008). For CV and short bio click here.

My work is best known through my books - in order of precedence, Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (2001), Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition (2008), Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality (2008) and others, including an Ashgate edited academic collection on Radical Human Ecology (2012). These have variously been described as "world-changing" (George Monbiot), "inspirational" (Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury), and "truly mental" by Thom Yorke of Radiohead - but for a more accurate assessment than any of these, ask my wife. September 2015 (October in North America) sees the hardback publication of Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service.

My best-known work includes Scottish land reform as commenced with the Isle of Eigg (1990 - present), the Harris superquarry battle (1992 - 2004), the spirituality of community, identity, belonging and place (1986 - present), nonviolence and understanding war (1976 - present), the psychospirituality of climate change (2006 to present), and radical human ecology (1990 - present). For further information on my current work and campaigns click here.

Less well-known is my work with South Pacific education, development and ethnography (1980-91 and 2012 onwards in Indonesia), sustainable tropical forestry (1984-95), micro-hydro electric and alternative energy (1978-86 and 2012 onwards), the depth psychology of cigarette advertising (1995-96), corporate social responsibility (with Lafarge) in the cement industry (2004-13), NGO marketing, PR, finance & management (1980-1990), parapsychology and the psychology of consciousness (1973-1980), cultural psychotherapy, conflict and power analysis (1994 - present), the GalGael Trust, urban poverty and cultural renewal (1997 - present) and liberation theology (1977 - present).

 

Livelihood, Availability for Events and Travel Questions

Since 1996 I've made my living on an entirely self employed basis - writing, teaching courses and guest lecturing, keynote talks at events, broadcasting and consultancy.

For a rough idea of when I might be available, see my public itinerary. For information on how I suggest charging and my approach to travel in the face of climate change click here.

Sometimes I work with unlikely bedfellows. As transparent financial accountability is important for an activist under such circumstances I annually state who pays me, and how much, at this link, which also declares my gross and net taxable income.

Places at which I have spoken or taught in recent years include the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Exeter, Bath, Cape Breton, Saskatchewan and Florida, the Russian Academy of Sciences (Economics Dept), INSEAD European Management School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Glasgow School of Art, the British Council, the Irish School of Ecumenics at the University of Ireland, the World Council of Churches, Groupe Credit Mutuel, Shell plc, Nokia Research Centre, Lafarge SA (where I sat (until March 2013 on their Sustainability Stakeholders' Panel), the Edinburgh International Festival, the Schumacher Lectures and Schumacher College, Greenbelt Festival, the Society for Ecological Regeneration, Friends of the Earth, WWF International and UK, Australia's Rainforest Information Centre, Transition Towns, the Diocese of Liverpool, the Iona Community, the Scottish Crofting Foundation, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Learning and Skills Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government, the Jakarta Institute of Theology, the Defence Academy's Joint Services Command & Staff College (JSCSC, on nonviolence), the Royal College of Defence Studies, École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, the Irish Military College and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

 

Life and Work as of 2015

I live with my wife, Vérène Nicolas. We met in Ireland in 1996 where she was working on a farm, having a background in agriculture, economics and rural development. Her present freelance work is with transformative learning and collaborative leadership in community contexts.

My main work is writing, campaigning and research which is mostly funded by the public events to which I am invited. In 2014 major areas are:

bulletLand Reform and Community: This area of my work took off in 1991 with the creation of the original Isle of Eigg Trust for land reform, it resurged again in 2001 with the publication of Soil and Soul and the run-up to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act of 2003, and it has fired up again in 2015 with the Scottish Parliament having introduced a new Land Reform Bill. See links at the top of this page for BBC TV debates in which I have engaged with Scottish Land & Estates, the erstwhile Scottish Landowners' Federation.
bulletClimate Change & the Psychospirituality of Consumerism: This builds on my early work on cigarette advertising as an insight into consumerism, developed especially in my book, Hell & High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition. I frequently take part in debates about climate change where I tackle consumerism as the driving edge. I should stress that while I have a background in earth sciences, I am not a climate change scientist. I therefore take as my baseline for discussion the mainstream scientific consensus about the matter, and as my book's subtitle suggests, my interest is in implications for the human condition.
bulletClimate Change and Community in Papua, Indonesia: Since February 2012 Vérène and I have been contributing to a training programme that addresses climate change and community empowerment in Papua Province, Indonesia. This has been variously sponsored both by BAPPEDA - the Papua provincial Planning Department - and by the British Embassy's UK Climate Change Unit. The most recent report on the part that Verene and I play in this programme, also involving colleagues from the Centre for Human Ecology, can be viewed at this link.
bulletA Functional Spirituality for Our Times: While the implications of a spiritual underpinning to life runs through all my work, I also work with faith communities on the spiritual questions of our time. Recently this has been finding expression through my own denomination, the Quakers, with giving the Yearly Meeting lectures in both Ireland and Canada during 2015. It also finds expression in my home area, the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, through talks and addresses I have been invited to give at local events. I am concerned about ways in which time-conditioned approaches to religion have sometimes blocked spiritual expression, and how these wellsprings can be freed up in ways that try to understand the past sympathetically, but not being locked to it. The Ireland lecture and the programme of events in Canada have taken considerable energy, not least because, as The Friend said of the Irish lecture, it has involved thought and discernment that many people have found "challenging at many levels."
bulletUrban Poverty - Govan and GalGael Trust: I am actively involved in the local community in Govan, especially as a founding director of the GalGael Trust and as a Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology. At GalGael we use the building of boats and other engagement with the beauty of natural materials and human creativity to address deep-ranging aspects of social violence and other symptoms of poverty. I'm always on the look-out for people who might be able to help with the funding of this inspirational work. Folks who would like to see this work are always welcome to come along to the GalGael's community meal, that starts around 6 pm most Thursday nights. Just turn up and somebody will show you around the workshop. Email me in advance if you want to check if I'll be there to have a chat.
bulletNonviolence and Military Guest Lecturing: Much of my work involves cultural psychotherapy in the context of violence. I work specifically with non-violence, and guest lecture on this to military staff colleges. For nearly 2 decades now, I have been asked each year to teach on the Advanced Command & Staff Course at the Joint Services Command & Staff College (UK Defence Academy), and more recently, also on the Higher Command & Staff Course (which trains the next generation of generals and equivalent ranks). I have also guest lectured on a NATO Partnership for Peace programme in Geneva, to the Royal College of Defence Studies, to the Irish Defence Force's Senior Command & Staff Course, and at the French military college at Saint-Cyr where I will be teaching for a week in December 2015. As this work requires wider accountability within the peace movement, an idea of what I say can be gleaned from A Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict. This is my chapter in a textbook of military ethics from staff at the UK Defence Academy. Online there is also a video that rehearses the Remembrance Day Lecture that I gave at the Imperial War Museum in November 2013.
bulletSpeaking at Public Events: Event speaking, broadcasting, teaching, study tours, pilgrimages and consultancy - programme in the itinerary below and here for the main themes on which I currently speak and teach. Mostly I do keynote presentations. My hearing is not good, so a functioning loop induction system is helpful for panel events.
bulletWriting - Spiritual Activism - Leadership as Service: This was the title of a course that I previously taught at the universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University. My own time-tested material has been brought bang up to date by co-authoring with a younger activist, Matt Carmichael of Leeds. This is being published in hardback by Green Books, 24 Sept 2015 (1 Oct in N. America). The remarkable cover, depicting the jewel of the mind resting in the lotus of the heart is by Vic Brown, one of our workers at the GalGael Trust in Govan. It's webpage is here, and order from here.
bulletWriting - Poacher's Pilgrimage: Since 2009 I've been working on a major book, Poacher's Pilgrimage, now with my literary agent (James Wills of Watson, Little Ltd). It recounts a journey on foot through the Isles of Harris and Lewis, and is an attempt to write an ecology of the imagination. It deals particularly with the psychology and spirituality of war in our time, and seeks to find a deeper path through the problem of violence as it arises in mainstream Christian theologies of the "atonement". It is also just about the walk - the nights out on the moors alone, encounters with wild animals, crossing flooded rivers with a fishing rod in hand, foraging for wild food, and meetings with ordinary and yet remarkable islanders along the way - the people that I love in the island where I was raised.
bulletBroadcasting and General Writing - I regularly take part in current affairs debates on BBC TV, and religious broadcasting including Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 and Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Scotland. An anthology of the latter was published by the Iona Community in 2014 as Parables of Northern Seed. I also get asked to do a range of interviews, podcasts, etc. and these are normally linked where it says "New This Past Year" at the top of this home page, along with writing such as academic papers, newspaper articles and book reviews.
bulletAcademic Collaborations - Edinburgh University Divinity School: In 2013 Edinburgh University made me an Honorary Fellow of New College. This has now been changed to a 10% paid position in which I am listed on the staff as a research fellow. Funding is from an Arts & Humanities Research Council grant on climate change and "ancestral time" headed by the ecotheologian and professor of Christian ethics, Michael Northcott. I also have a visiting professorship in the College of Social Sciences at Glasgow University where my engagement is mostly informal, directly with staff.

 

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Contact Information:

 

Alastair McIntosh

26 Luss Road

Glasgow

G51 3YD

Scotland / Ecosse

 

 

Email - mail@AlastairMcIntosh.com (preferred first point of contact)

 

Mobile: +44 (0) 7444 580 380 (preferred second point of contact)

 

Landline Tel: +44 (0) 141 445 8750 (least preferred)

 

For work issues please try to avoid phoning outside weekday working hours. Remember time zones - we're in GMT or BST in summer (i.e. GMT+1). If you need to discuss something that requires much thought I prefer an email first if possible to arrange a mutually convenient calling time. I am on Skype but keep my profile hidden to minimise interruptions to my writing work.

 

Twitter: I am not on most social media, but as of July 2015 I have reluctantly ventured on to Twitter to promote forthcoming events and books, plus perhaps occasional reflections and retweats - @alastairmci - I say, reluctantly, owing to the imperative in today's noisy world of conserving space for the inner life from which to try and share with others from a deeper level. Hopefully it's about striking a balance, though I'm all too aware that addictions take many hidden forms.

 

Directions to our home/office:

 

Public Transport: If coming from central Glasgow, the easiest way if not coming by taxi (which costs around £10 from the city centre) is to take the subway (underground train) to Govan. Once there the bus station is right beside the subway. We're on routes No. 189, 90 or 45 leaving from the bus station and 26 leaving from Govan Road beside the bus station (opposite the bank). It's a five minute ride costing about £1. Get off at the second stop on Craigton Road, just past the little Post Office that's on the right hand side. Luss Road is the next street on the right another 100 yards up Craigton Road, and we're at no. 26, about half way along on the right. To get to our bus stop from other parts of Glasgow see the Social Work Services website here, scroll down for directions to their Govan Office on Ardlaw road, and our street, Luss Rd, is immediately opposite it, off Craigton Rd..

 

Alternatively, when you get to Govan subway station, take a taxi either from the stand diagonally opposite the subway station near the Pearce Institute, or from the taxi office which has a buzzer on the door beside the Brechin Bar. Or call for one on 0141 440 0001. Taxis up from Govan Cross to our place cost about £3.

 

If walking from the subway, the route is easier to describe if you get out at Ibrox station, which is one mile from our house. On exiting turn right onto Copland Road. Up to the lights and turn right. Pass alongside the Rangers football stadium, go straight on over the first roundabout, straight over the second roundabout, on to the lights, turn right down Craigton Road, and Luss Road is the 5th exit on the left (depending on what you count as an exit).

 

By Car: If coming on the M8 from east or west, exit at junction 24 (Helen Street), signposted for Govan. Head downhill and over the lights to a roundabout, as if heading to the Clyde Tunnel. Turn left at the roundabout then right at the lights into a residential area, Craigton Road (signposted to "Elderpark Workspace"). Luss Road is the 3rd on the left (or 4th depending on what you count). 

 

If coming by car from the North via the Clyde Tunnel, as you exit the tunnel prepare to take the first left just at the tunnel's end. Be careful - it comes on you very quickly and it's easy to overshoot. This brings you out onto Govan Road with a very large roundabout. Turn right at this, onto Drive Road, passing a Elder Park on your left. At the end of Drive road, keep the park on your left by turning left onto Langlands Road. Take the 3rd right, just before you lose the park, onto Arklett Road, then 2nd right is Luss Road.

 

Avoid the M8 approaches if you can when there's a football match on at Ibrox. There may also be parking congestion at such times. Taxi drivers from outwith this area do not know it well. Tell them that you want Luss Road which is off Craigton Road, and to take the Helen Street exit if coming from the M8.

 

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Alastair McIntosh's Itinerary of Main Events

This table shows roughly which dates I'm booked up for. It also shows what sorts of events I take on (and doubles as a diary back-up). For an overview of my typical speaking topics click here. Gaps in the timetable do not necessarily signify availability, especially over weekends. Dates marked for delivery of Thought for the Day mean that I have to be near a BBC studio early that morning and have time on the previous day for preparation - though these dates can sometimes be swapped with another presenter. Information shown here on public events may be subject to change, so please check if you're thinking of turning up. For information on booking me for events please click here. Events marked "s.t.c." are "subject to consent/confirmation". 

2014 (last year)

This Year - 2015+

 

 

  1. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 8 Jan 2014.

  2. BBC TfD training, Tue 4 Feb, 2014.

  3. Edinburgh University Ancestral Time & Climate Change seminar, Thur 6 Feb.

  4. Illustrated talk with book signing, Island Spirituality, The Old Brewery, Cromarty, 8pm, Tue 11 Feb - details and directions.

  5. Talk to the North Lochs Historical Society - Growing up in Leurbost - how childhood at the surgery in the 1960s and 70s shaped my work, including various books (with signing) - North Lochs Community Centre, 7.30 pm, Thurs 13 Feb.

  6. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 19 Feb.

  7. Iona Community Board, Edinburgh, 1100 Thu 20 Feb, s.t.c.

  8. NETpositive conference address on universities and sustainability, York, evening 26 Feb.

  9. Address to Ecocongregations Ireland on theme: "And the Leaves of the Tree are for the Healing ...", Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Belfast, 7.30 pm Fri 28 Feb.

  10. Sharing with Ecocongregations Ireland & Irish Quakers, Sat 29 Feb, 7.30 pm, Quaker Meeting House, Cork, Ireland - info here.

  11. Edinburgh University Ancestral Time & Climate Change seminar, Thu Mar 6, s.t.c.

  12. Conference address, University of Manchester's social responsibility team, Think Sustainability: Inspiring Action, Wed 12 Mar.

  13. Presentation on The Nonviolent Challenge to the Higher Command & Staff Course, Joint Services Command and Staff College, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, in Alternative Views and Reflection section, Wed 19 Mar.

  14. Talk to Tropical Agriculture Association conference at Bridgwater College, Thu 20 Mar, s.t.c.

  15. GalGael Board day, Mon 24 Mar.

  16. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 28 Mar.

  17. Reading paper at press with Dark Mountain (due in Vol 5) - When the Ferries Fail to Sail - and discussion on resilience, resistance and spiritual regeneration in the National Union of Seamen's strike of 1966 - and now? - at Resisting Together, Edinburgh, afternoon of Sat 29 Mar.

  18. Opening speech, Discover to Inspire youth and sustainability European conference, Dundee University, Thu 3 Apr.

  19. Sharing with Swiss study group @ GalGael, morning of 9 Apr.

  20. Keynote address on sustainability and intercultural research at Doing Things Differently seminar of Intercultural Research Centre, Herriot Watt University, afternoon of 9 April.

  21. Speaking for a nuclear weapons free Scotland at Witness for Peace, Faslane nuclear submarine base, Sat 12 Apr, noon.

  22. Public lecture on Writing Island Spirituality at Centre for the Study of Irish Protestantism, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, evening of Wed 16 Apr.

  23. Master workshop on Radical Human Ecology, Dept of Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Thur 17 Apr.

  24. Uist Art Association (Literature Group) Easter workshop, Writing the Land, Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, 7 pm Fri 18 (public lecture) and morning Sat 19 Apr (workshop).

  25. Lecture to Senior Command & Staff Course, Irish Defence Forces Military College, Curragh, Co. Kildare, on Nonviolence & its Challenge to Conflict, Fri 25 Apr.

  26. Panelist at Scottish Government climate group lecture with Bishop James Jones, Edinburgh, evening 28 Apr, s.t.c.

  27. GalGael Trust Board meeting, 5.15 Wed 7 May.

  28. Address and workshop with John Hutchison on land reform at Radical Independence Conference, Inverness, Sat 10 May. Staying up north 8 - 11 May.

  29. Sunday morning sharing on Sermons of the Sìth, Carrying the Fire (Dark Mountain), Wiston Lodge, Fri 16 - Sun 18 May.

  30. Group input at Imagining the Future of Social Services - IRISS / Govan Folk University, Pearce Inst, Govan, 6.30 pm Mon 19 May.

  31. Leading sessions on Island Spirituality at Greenbelt Iona Week, Iona Abbey & Macleod Centre, Sun 25 - Wed 28 May (the week finishes 30 May). Preaching sermon in the abbey on the Sunday at 10.30 am, and co-leading the ("long") pilgrimage on Tuesday 27th leaving from the abbey at 10.15 am for the day (rough walking), both of those open to the public.

  32. Briefing on Scottish land reform to Radical Independence steering group, Renfrew St, Glasgow, Tue 3 June 7pm.

  33. Edinburgh University Ancestral Time & Climate Change seminar, June 9th, afternoon.

  34. Two sharings in Lancaster on Thur 12 June. Afternoon workshop at the Highwire Doctoral Training Centre, Uni of Lancaster, Towards an Ecology of the Imagination: Faerie Hill, Consciousness and the Microchip. Evening public lecture on Climate Change, Faith and the Human Condition, 7.30 pm at The Storey, Meeting House Lane.

  35. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thu 19 June.

  36. Exploration of Scottish constitution with John Sturrock & Gerry Hassan, Edinburgh, evening Thu 19 June.

  37. Guest lecture and discussion on A Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict in the "Realities of Conflict" stage of the Advanced Command & Staff Course, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, morning, Fri 4 July.

  38. Speaking and workshops at Keynsham Music Festival, 4 - 6 July. "Big Tent" public talk on the Friday night on theme of Rekindling Community and especially a sentence from Soil and Soul: "We had to shake people out of a meek acceptance of the Powers that Be, out of the consensus trance zone and into the transformative fire of indignation." Workshop on social activism on the Saturday pm in the parish church at Chewton Keynsham, and Sunday morning reflection, details t.b.a. on those websites.

  39. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 9 Jul s.t.c..

  40. Speaking at Hutters' Rally, Maryhill Burgh Hall, Sat 12 July.

  41. Opening the Lochs Agricultural Show, Isle of Lewis, Sat 26 July. Probably on Lewis for a couple of days either side of that date.

  42. Talk on The Final Push – Paths and Pitfalls in Sustaining the Campaign, RIC Aberdeen, The Foyer, Aberdeen, 1830 Mon 4 Aug (all details t.b.c.).

  43. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 5 Aug.

  44. GalGael Trust assembly with Prof Herb Nabigon of the Pic River First Nation, Canada, author of The Hollow Tree, afternoon Thur 7 Aug.

  45. On Isle of Berneray and N. Uist, 8 - 22 Aug.

  46. 5 events at GreenBelt Festival, Kettering, Northamptonshire, Fri 22 - Mon 25 August, as follows:

    a) Sat 10 am in Pagoda Venue, talk on What's Happening in Scotland? Wrestling with the Angels of the Nations

    b) Sat 4.30 pm, Table Venue, Café Psychologique panel.

    c) Sun 7.30 - 8 am, Clare Balding's "faith guest" and Moment of Reflection, live from GreenBelt on BBC Radio 2.

    d) Sun 6.15 pm, talk in Treehouse Venue on Island Spirituality: Celtic Scotland and a Christian Vision for the Third Millennium.

    e) Sun 7.15 pm - book signing - G Books Venue.

  47. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 29 Aug.

  48. Launch on Fri 29 August, 6.30 - 8.30 pm at Old St Paul's, Edinburgh of Scotia Nova: Poems for the early Days of a Better Nation, Luath Press (changed date). One of my contributions can be previewed - The Rising of the Kelpies. The other (longer) piece, about a man who cut the chain, is called Freeing the Unicorn.

  49. GalGael Trust board meeting, Govan, Wed 3 Sept, 5 pm.

  50. Speaking/conversation in Day of Dialogue on the Scottish Referendum, 4 Sept, late evening, Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh.

  51. Opening reflection to afternoon on the politics of the imagination - The Power of Imagination and the Imagination of Power - at Gerry Hassan's Scotland's Festival of Ideas, Glasgow Tramway, 2.15 pm Sat 6 Sept.

  52. Sharing with community at Aird Uig, Isle of Lewis, about possibly community land buyout, Wed 10 Sept, afternoon and evening.

  53. Opening new footpath to the lighthouse, Scalpay Community Council, by the Isle of Harris, 11 am, Sat 13 Sept.

  54. Keynote address (jointly with John MacAulay of Flodabay) at the Harris Mountain Festival, Isle of Harris, Sat 13 Sept. On Harris & Lewis 10 - 15 Sept.

  55. Leading week on The Pilgrimage of Life, jointly with both Iona Abbey and the Macleod Centre Sat 20 - Fri 26 Sept - bookings here (Abbey now full but still places in the adjacent Macleod Centre, where I'll be based). Preaching in the abbey on Sunday 21st at 10.30 am and co-leading the ("long") pilgrimage on Tuesday 23rd leaving from the abbey at 10.15 am for the day (rough walking), both of those open to the public.

  56. A post-Referendum sharing with the Mull and Iona Quakers - Finding Unity of Purpose After the Referendum - exploring what can be recovered from the radical spiritual traditions of which Quakers are a part. At An Roth, Craignure, Mull, 2 pm Fri 26 Sept.

  57. Advising board of the Salvia Foundation, Geneva, Sun 12 - Wed 15 Oct.

  58. Sharing on Island Spirituality and future of Christianity with the Church of Scotland in Geneva, Salle Théodore de Bèze (above the Auditoire de Calvin), 1930 Mon 13 Oct.

  59. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 15 Oct s.t.c..

  60. Public talk, A Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict (not suitable for children) at the Hereford Quaker Meeting House hosted by the Millichap Peace Fund, 6.30 pm, Tue 21 Oct.

  61. Facilitating Columban Missionaries' annual conference on The Reality of Britain Today, Knowle, Solihull, 21 - 23 Oct.

  62. Panel discussion on past, present and future of Scotland with Cat Boyd & Lesley Riddoch at Edinburgh Radical Book Festival, 7.30 pm, Blue Drill Hall, Dalmeny St, Leith., Thu 23 Oct.

  63. Quaker event on violence - see changed date to 25 Nov below. Also, Papuans visit previously scheduled 5 - 16 Nov now postponed.

  64. GalGael Trust Board meeting, 5.00 Tue 4 Nov.

  65. Edinburgh University Ancestral Time & Climate Change seminar, Fri 7 Nov, evening.

  66. Iona Community Board, Edinburgh, 11 am, Thur 13 Nov.

  67. Public lecture in Lochaber Ideas Week, Community Empowerment: From Eigg to Govan, Lochaber High School, Fort William, Tue 18 Nov, 7 - 9 pm.

  68. Opening presentation on land reform, private seminar on Constitutional & Fiscal Dimensions of Land, Uni of Strathclyde, Wed 19 Nov.

  69. Skype class on climate change, University of Minnesota, 7 pm Wed 19 Nov.

  70. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 21 Nov, 2014.

  71. The Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict, presentation on war and its alternatives at the Glasgow Quaker Meeting House (not suitable for children), 7.30 pm, Tue 25 Nov, 2014.

  1. Two events at the Glasgow School of Art on Wed 14 Jan, 2015. Public lecture Awakening an Ecology of the Imagination, 3 - 5 pm, Reid Auditorium, free but book ticket here.  Followed by workshop 5 - 7 pm with student artists, The Artist's Response to Climate Change, limited places, enquire here, supported by the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

  2. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thur 22 Jan.

  3. Opening reflection to the ecumenical  Roundtable on Land Reform in Scotland, Church of Scotland offices, Edinburgh (by video link), 11 am, Fri 23 Jan.

  4. GalGael Trust board meeting, Govan, 1700, Wed 4 Feb s.t.c.

  5. Leading conference on Climate Change & the Well-Being of the Community, with the Sisters of the Cross & Passion at Drumalis, Larne, Northern Ireland, 6 - 8 Feb.

  6. Lecture to Senior Command & Staff Course, Irish Defence Forces Military College, Curragh, Co. Kildare, on The Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict, Mon 9 Feb.

  7. Iona Community Board, morning Thu 19 Feb.

  8. GalGael Trust board "away day", Tue 24 Feb.

  9. Closing reflection on Why the Land Matters at the conference of the Scottish Land Revenue Group,  Glasgow, Wed 25 Feb.

  10. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thur 26 Feb.

  11. A sharing on Scottish Land Reform as a Spiritual Imperative of Economic Justice, with the S.E. Scotland Quakers, Edinburgh, Sat 28 Feb.

  12. Training course in climate change, leadership, theology and community empowerment for Papua (Indonesia) Provincial Government planning department officials (previous visit link), Glasgow and Isle of Harris, 16 - 25 March, and probably on isles until 28 March.

  13. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thur 7 Apr s.t.c.

  14. Public lecture at Ireland Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, Newry, Co Down, evening Fri 10 April: To become ‘the People of the Cross’ - Climate Change, Violence and some Meanings of Creation in Our Times.

  15. Lecture on The Challenges of Nonviolence, to the Higher Command & Staff Course, UK Defence Academy, Joint Services Command & Staff College, Shrivenham, Thur 16 April.

  16. Delivering the annual public lecture at the (Episcopalian) Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Bridge of Weir - The Saint Mary's Lecture: A Virginity Most Subversive for Our Times - 7 pm Tue 21 April.

  17. Interview with Nomad podcast, morning, Wed 22 Apr.

  18. GalGael Trust board meeting, evening of Wed 6 May.

  19. Leading Edinburgh University visit on low carbon living, Isle of Eigg, 9-11 May, with Michael Northcott.

  20. Hosting visit of John Chalmers, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to the GalGael Trust, morning of Wed 13 May.

  21. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 27 May s.t.c.

  22. Engaged with climate change events with John Ashton and ECCI Edinburgh University, Wed 27 - Fri 29 May.

  23. Edinburgh University Ancestral Time & Climate Change seminar at the Bield, Wed 3 - morning Thu 4 June.

  24. West End Philosophy Cafe, The Tryst, Glasgow: talk on The Land, Justice & the Soul, 1300 (food from 1230), Sunday 7 June. 

  25. Recording British Library & BBC Radio 4 Listening Project programme, Fri 19 June.

  26. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thur 2 Jul s.t.c.

  27. Speaking on climate change at Camp Breakdown, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Wed 8 - Thu 9 July. Public talk at 8 pm on the Wed: Climate Change as Spiritual Emergency, followed by a workshop on the Thu morning.

  28. Performance on Awakening an Ecology of the Imagination with Butoh Dancers and a short reading (with Ralph Metzner's blessing) from the Leary/Metzner/Alpert edition of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, at the UNFIX Festival, CCA theatre Glasgow, 2100, Fri 10 July, full information here.

  29. On holiday, Hebrides, Sat 11 Jul - Wed 22 Jul.

  30. Guest lecture in "The Realities of Conflict" stage of the Advanced Command & Staff Course, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, arrive 23rd for Fri 24th July.

  31. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thu 30 Jul.

  32. Teaching on the Global Environments Summer Academy course, Global Diversity Foundation, Bern, Switzerland, 2 - 5 Aug.

  33. In discussion with Mhairi Killin and Hugh Watt about bells, the marking out of time and Scotland's religious history, Re-Soundings at An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, 6 Aug 1700 - 1900.

  34. Delivering the 2015 Sunderland P. Gardner lecture (and follow-through workshops) at Canada Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Decolonising Land and Soul - a Quaker Testimony, Prince Edward Island, Fri 14 - Fri 21 Aug. The lecture is at 7pm Sun 16th at the University of PEI, MacDougall Hall, and open to the public. Additional 4 special interest afternoon sessions, also open to public, info here.

  35. A talk and workshop at festival - Festamagouche 2015 - on Rekindling the Spirit of Community, Main Stage, 7 pm, Sat 22 Aug, Tatamagouche Centre, Nova Scotia.

  36. Talk at Social Justice Youth Camp, Tatamagouche Centre, Nova Scotia, Mon 24 - Tue 25 Aug (returning to Scotland overnight on Wed 26th).

  37. Edinburgh Festival Fringe event, Carbon Dependence: Can we wean ourselves off fossil fuels quickly enough to survive?, on panel with John Sturrock, John Ashton and George Marshall, 1830, Thu 27th Aug, St Paul's & St George's Church venue, Edinburgh. Tickets here.

  38. Talk with slides, The Nonviolent Challenge of our Times hosted by Glasgow Catholic Worker, Garnethill Multicultural Centre, Rose Street, Glasgow (map), 7 pm, Tue 1 Sept. Open to all but not suitable for children.

  39. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thu 3 Sep.

  40. In France, Fri 11 Sept - Mon 21 Sept.

  41. New book from Green Books, UIT Cambridge - Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service - Thur 24 Sept launch date UK (1 Oct USA/Canada), hardback. Launch events to be advised.

  42. GalGael Trust AGM, Govan, evening, Thur 24 Sep.

  43. BBC Radio Scotland religion programme recording morning Fri 25 Sept for Sunday broadcast on Spiritual Activism.

  44. Notice: due to an impending book deadline with Birlinn, I will be more limited than usual in what additional invitations I can accept between October 2015 and January 2016.

  45. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 2 Oct.

  46. On land reform panel in 70th anniversary conference of Christian Aid Scotland, Edinburgh, 2.20 pm, Sat 3 Oct, Edinburgh.

  47. On Lewis & Harris, family events, Tue 6 Oct - Fri 9 Oct.

  48. Climate Change & Ancestral Time meeting, Edinburgh Uni, The Bied, Wed 14 - Thu 15 Oct.

  49. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 27 Oct.

  50. Speaking at Wordpower's Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair 2015, evening of Thu 29 October on new book, Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service.

  51. Keynote address on Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service and workshop, GreenSpirit Annual Conference, Pershore, Worcester, Fri 30 Oct - Sun 1 Nov.

  52. GalGael Trust board meeting, Govan, 1700, Wed 4 Nov s.t.c.

  53. An Evening with Verene Nicolas & Alastair McIntosh, Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality & Peace, Augustine Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, 1900, Thur 5 Nov, all welcome, ticket booking here.

  54. Iona Community Board, Edinburgh, 11 am Thur 12 Nov. s.t.c.

  55. Giving reflection at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, St Albert's Catholic Chaplaincy, Edinburgh, 1100 Sat 28 Nov, followed by march at 1200.

  56. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 1 Dec.

  57. Teaching a week long course Saint-Cyr Military Academy, France, Sat 5 to 12 Dec 2015. Postponing to 2016, t.b.a..

  58. Family events, 23 Dec 2015 - 9 Jan 2016.

  59. GalGael Trust board meeting 5pm 3 Feb 2016, Govan.

  60. Lecture series on spiritual activism, climate change & liberation theology for our times, Fri 5 - Sun 7 Feb 2016, University Congregation United Church of Christ, Seattle, USA, details t.b.a.. Open to other US events immediately afterwards.

  61. GalGael Trust board meeting 5pm 4 May 2016, Govan.

  62. Mid-May 2016 - probably in Ireland.

  63. Climate Change & Ancestral Time conference, Edinburgh University, Wed 8 - Fri 10 June 2016.

  64. W/end 25 June 2016, family event.

  65. Guest lecture on Nonviolence in "The Realities of Conflict" stage of the Advanced Command & Staff Course, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, Fri 15 July 2016.

  66. Leading a week on The Pilgrimage of Life at Iona Abbey & Macleod Centre of the Iona Community, Sat 24th - Fri 30th Sept 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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