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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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New This Past Year:   [Book Review on Theōsis (Nov 2014)]  [Iona Abbey post-Referendum Sermon in Coracle (Nov 2014)]  [Sacred Scotland essay (Nov 2014)]  [Referendum constitutional writings (Sep 2014)]  [New book: Parables of Northern Seed (Aug 2014)]  [Introduction to new edn of James Hunter's On the Other Side of Sorrow (Jul 2014)]  [National Trust - Roineabhal of Harris (May 2014)]  [Resilience in the 1966 strike of the National Union of Seamen (May 2014)]  [Review of When Soldiers Say No (May 2014)]  [Faslane nuclear submarine address on theology for 3rd millennium (April 2014)]  [Domestic solar & AS heat pump - carbon footprint data logging & article (year to March 2014)]  [AHRC Research - ancestral time & climate change theology [Mar 2014)]  [Interviews - press, radio, TV (to date)]  [BBC Thoughts for the Day (to date)]

 

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. I also serve locally in Govan as a founding director of the GalGael Trust and 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 May 2014)

The purpose of this site is to represent myself professionally - see here 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. But functionally, it does the job, and one day it might win some "retro" award.

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 what it arguably means to be human beings. 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 that latter question that 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, those connections are about life itself, about love and consciousness, and how to integrate them with such practical concerns as ecology and economics.

The backbone of this website is my published work. At the top of most pages there's a "Published Articles" tab with material listed in chronological order. On the right hand side of this home page is an index of the same classified by subject area.

This site is not a blog. Nearly all of its material has been previously published elsewhere and therefore been through varying degrees of third party peer reviewing 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, 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 my 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 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 varying lengths of CV and 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.

My best-known work includes Scottish land reform especially 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), 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 2014

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:

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. Panels and workshops in noisy situations without good loop induction are more problematic these days as my hearing is not good.
bulletWriting - Poacher's Pilgrimage: Since 2009 I've been working on a major book, Poacher's Pilgrimage, and as of July 2014 is being offered to publishers by 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.
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, now being reworked into a book by the same time, co-authored with Matt Carmichael of Leeds, to be published in September 2015 by Green Books.
bulletBroadcasting and Writing - Parables of Northern Seed: In August 2014 the Iona Community's Wild Goose Publications publishes an anthology by this title of my contributions over the past nine years to Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 and Thought for the Day on Radio Scotland. From time to time other broadcasting is linked on my website homepage where it says "New This Past Year", along with a continual stream of academic papers, articles and book reviews.
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 and through the experimental Govan Folk University partnership. 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.
bulletAcademic Collaborations - Edinburgh University Divinity School: In 2013 Edinburgh University made me an Honorary Fellow of New College, and this has currently been shifted to a paid position in which I am listed on the staff as a research fellow in a half day a week role. Funding for this comes from an Arts & Humanities Research Council grant on climate change and "ancestral time" headed by the ecotheologian and professor of Christian ethics, Michael Northcott.
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 the past 15 years 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 over the past 2 years on the Higher Command & Staff Course. I have also guest lectured on a NATO PfP programme in Geneva, to the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Irish Defence Force's Senior Command & Staff Course, and at the French military college at Saint-Cyr. 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 which is from a textbook on military ethics produced by staff at the War Studies department of King's College, London, and a video version of the Remembrance Day Lecture I went on to give at the Imperial War Museum in November 2013 can be viewed at this link.
bulletClimate Change & 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 sponsored primarily by BAPPEDA - the Papua provincial Planning Department but with some sponsorship also through the British Embassy's UK Climate Change Unit. A little of what this deep work has involved can be seen in these newspaper cuttings, from both the Scottish and the Indonesian ends of the programme which is being conducted in association with the Centre for Human Ecology and which builds on my previous experience in neighbouring Papua New Guinea, as well as from writings about climate change dating to the publication of Hell & High Water in 2007. This work has also led to reflection on liberation theology in Indonesia of a nature that respects both Muslim and Christian traditions. It is possible that this commitment will be developed further during 2014.

 

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Contact Information:

 

Alastair McIntosh

26 Luss Road

Glasgow

G51 3YD

Scotland / Ecosse

 

 

Tel: 0141 445 8750 (+44 141 from overseas)

Please try to avoid phoning outside weekday working hours. Remember timezones - we're in GMT or BST (summertime). Thank you, everybody, for not abusing my home number on the web like this. Note that as I'm hard of hearing I might have difficulty on the phone with certain voices, and may have to call you back on your landline from my Skype connection using headphones.

 

My mobile is only used when travelling: +44 7717 085 817.

 

 

Email - mail@AlastairMcIntosh.com

 

 

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". 

2013 (last year)

This Year - 2014+

 

 

  1. BBC Radio Scotland - guest comment throughout Ricky Ross's Sunday Morning show on land reform & liberation theology in Brazil and Scotland, 7 - 9 a.m., Sun 6 Jan 2013.

  2. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, 0720ish, Thu 10 Jan 2013.

  3. Panel discussion on The Changing Face of Scotland, Royal College of Defence Studies in Edinburgh, Mon 21 Jan, pm.

  4. Pearce Institute AGM, 21 Jan, 7.30.

  5. Staff and village training courses and meetings (with Verene) in Jakarta, Jayapura and Pulau Numfor, Papua Province, Indonesia, for BAPPEDA rural development planners and British Embassy UK Climate Change Unit, 28 Jan - 20 Feb inclusive.

  6. Staff lecture to Sekolah Tinggi Theologi - Institute of Theology Jakarta, of the Western Indonesian Protestant Church (GPIB), 9 am - 11am, Tue 19 Feb, on Can Liberation Theology Serve Indonesia? Semper Reformanda and the Spiritual Challenges of Our Times. 

  7. GalGael Trust board and staff annual review and planning, Plane Castle, 25 - 26 Feb.

  8. Facilitation for L'Arche International on funding and spiritual values, Belfast, Fri 8th March, Belfast.

  9. Panellist on "Who Owes the Earth?", Edinburgh Festival Middle East Spirituality & Peace, Sat 16 Mar, 7pm, St Augustine's Church, tickets on the door.

  10. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, 0720ish, Wed 20 Mar.

  11. GalGael Board meeting 4pm Wed 20 Mar.

  12. Lafarge Sustainability Stakeholders Panel, Paris, Mon 25 - Tue 26 Mar (henceforth laying down this panel having served for 10 years).

  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 27 Mar.

  14. War, Violence and the Nonviolent Imperative - a talk followed by panel discussion, Edinburgh Festival of Middle East Spirituality & Peace, 4 April, 7 pm, St Augustine's Church, George IV Bridge, tickets on the door.

  15. Keynote at the Honouring the Theology of the Land conference on theme: Land Theology & Scottish Land Reform, Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary, London, Sat 6 April.

  16. Facilitating L'Arche Community's UK staff development day on "Community & Growth" - The Future of Community, Preston, Mon 8 - Tue 9 April.

  17. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, 0720ish, Thu 18 April.

  18. Lecture to Senior Command & Staff Course, Irish Defence Forces Military College, Curragh, Co. Kildare, on Nonviolence & its Challenge to Conflict, Mon 22 April.

  19. Keynote address on The Future is Local, Communities Day, Scottish Community Alliance and affiliates at the Scottish Parliament, Fri 26 April.

  20. GalGael Trust board meeting, Wed 1 May, 4pm.

  21. Conscious TV interview broadcast on Info TV (Sky 192), 1930 - 2030, Tue 7 May. 

  22. Wed 8 - Thu 16 May, Verene's family event in France.

  23. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, 0720ish, Fri 17 May.

  24. St Columba 1450th anniversary celebration, Iona Abbey, Isle of Iona, 18 - 19 May.

  25. Talk in Machynlleth, Wales, Wed 29 May at 7.30 pm in the Woodland Pavilion on: The Future is Local: Community, spirituality and the global predicament. Free, but donations to cover costs.

  26. Talk and panels on climate change, consumerism, HowTheLightGetsIn philosophy festival, Hay-on-Wye, Fri 31 May and Sat 1st June.

  27. Iona Community 75th anniversary celebrations, Govan, 8 - 9 June, and CHE AGM.

  28. Oak trust officer meeting, evening Thu 13 June, GalGael Trust.

  29. Govan Folk University Puppets in Partnership Festival, weekend 14 - 16 June, incl. talk on 14th by Jay Griffiths. (I'm not puppeteering in this, but I am one of the organisers, though in England on the Saturday).

  30. Address to the North of England Iona Community groups on St Columba of Iona, Adomnán, and a Spirituality of Our Times, Cross Lane United Church, Newton-le-Willows, late morning, Sat 15 June.

  31. Launch from 6.15 - 7 pm Thu 20th June of my new book Island Spirituality published by the Islands Book Trust, Isle of Lewis, during their conference: ‘Slighe Chaluim Chille – Exploring the Life, Legend, and Legacy of St Columba in Ireland and Scotland’ (link now downloads booking form)  Ravenspoint Centre, Kershader, 20 - 22 June.

  32. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 2 July.

  33. Lecture and panel on violence and nonviolence, Advanced Command & Staff Course, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, Thu 4 July.

  34. Address to Nature Culture Network on The Art of Mentoring, Falkland, 3 pm afternoon of Mon 22 July and earlier, filming with Pete Sequoia, s.t.c.

  35. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 26 Jul.

  36. GalGael Trust board meeting 5.15 pm Wed 7 Aug, s.t.c.

  37. Panellist at Inverness Book Festival event on Columba's Iona, afternoon of Thu 8 Aug.

  38. On holiday, 29 Aug - 11 Sept. Wife forbids email.

  39. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 17 Sept.

  40. Hosting John Ashton's talk on climate change at the Centre for Human Ecology, Pearce Institute, Govan, 6pm Tue 17 Sept. John Ashton was formerly the UK's climate change diplomat.

  41. Meeting of climate change research group, School of Divinity, Edinburgh, morning of Thu 19 Sept.

  42. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Mon 23 Sept.

  43. GalGael Trust board meeting, 4pm Thu 26 Sep followed by AGM. 

  44. On Isle of Lewis, Fri 27 Sep - Sat 5 Oct, mostly unavailable.

  45. Panel responding to Vijay Mehta on his book, The Economics of Killing, Scottish CND, Wellington Church Library, 7 pm, Tue 8th Oct.

  46. Keynote address at World Mental Health Day, Church House, Lincoln, Thu 10 Oct.

  47. Presentation to Swiss-German church study group, GalGael, Govan, 1030 Mon 14 Oct.

  48. Public lecture and Edinburgh book launch of Island Spirituality with a talk focussed on "Rethinking Westminster Calvinism" at the Centre for Theology & Public Issues, New College, University of Edinburgh, DATE CHANGED to Thur 24 Oct at 5 pm in the Martin Hall.

  49. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 23 Oct.

  50. Public lecture and a day of workshop discussions in a series on Radical Christian Faith, on the theme, Towards a Liberating Theology at Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham, Sat 26 Oct.

  51. Series of talks for the Faclan Hebridean Book Festival 28 Oct - 2 Nov: Isle of Barra (Mon 29 Sep), Uists/Benbecula (Tue 30 Sep), An Lanntair at Stornoway (Fri 1 Nov) on theme: A Pilgrimage Through Island Spirituality - full details here.

  52. Public lecture in Faith at the Frontiers series, on Violence, Nonviolence and the Earth, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, 7pm - 8.30pm, Mon 4 Nov.

  53. Running a short course at Schumacher College, Totnes, Devon, Tue 5th - Fri 8th Nov on The Nonviolent Basis of Spiritual Activism, with a public lecture on the Wednesday night on The Nonviolent Challenge to War.

  54. Remembrance Day Lecture, Imperial War Museum, London, 3 pm, Sun 10 Nov, The Nonviolence Challenge - Changing the Culture of War. PDFs of relevant papers here and here.

  55. Iona Community Board, 1100 @ 121 Edinburgh, Thu 14 Nov.

  56. Talk to TweedGreen on Community Resilience, 7.30 pm, Thu 14 Nov, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, all welcome.

  57. Leading delegation of planners from Papua Province, Indonesia, in Govan at CHE in the PI and Gartmore House, 16 - 22 Nov.

  58. Glasgow launch of Island Spirituality, Pearce Institute, Govan, 6.30 pm Tue 26 November, with talk on the theme: From Island Spirituality to American Exceptionalism: Some Religious Roots of Violence in Our Times. 

  59. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 29 Nov.

  60. GalGael Trust Board meeting, 5.15 pm Wed 11 Dec.

 

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

  2. BBC TfD training, Tue 4 Feb.

  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 s.t.c.

  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, note changed confirmed date.

  72. Cultivating the Ecological Imagination: The Artist's Response to Climate Change, Glasgow School of Art, public lecture and exploration of student work linked to Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund, Wed 14 Jan 2015 s.t.c.

  73. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thur 22 Jan, s.t.c.

  74. Leading conference on climate change, responsibility and spirituality with the Sisters of the Cross & Passion at Drumalis, Larne, Northern Ireland, 6 - 8 Feb 2015.

  75. Lecture to Senior Command & Staff Course, Irish Defence Forces Military College, Curragh, Co. Kildare, on The Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict, Mon 9 Feb 2015.

  76. Iona Community Board, morning Thu 19 Feb 2015, s.t.c.

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

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

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

  80. Public lecture at Ireland Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, Newry, Co Down, evening Thur 9 April 2015, s.t.c. and title t.b.a.

  81. Lecture on The Challenges of Nonviolence to the Higher Command & Staff Course, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, Thur 16 April 2015.

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

  83. Annual lecture and other events at of Canada Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Prince Edward Island, 14 - 22 Aug 2015, and other possible North American events around those dates including speaking at Festamagouche at the Tatamagouche Centre, Sat 23 - Sun 24 Aug, s.t.c.

  84. Iona Community Board, Edinburgh, 11 am Thur 12 Nov 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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