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[Contact information]

[Events itinerary & diary]

[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

 

Other Key Links

[Press and Broadcast interviews]

[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: [Easter address at Faslane nuclear submarine base (April 2014)]  [BBC radio piece on Quakers (April 2014)]  [Domestic solar & AS heat pump - carbon footprint data logging & article (year to March 2014)]  [Ancestral Time: anamnesis & climate change theology [Mar 2014)]  [The Telegraph, R.D. Laing and Scottish independence (Feb 2014)]  [Liberation Theology and Indonesia (late 2013)]  [Opinion piece on the Pope's Evangelii Gaudium (Dec 2013)]  [Video preview version of Imperial War Museum lecture (Nov 2013)]   [New book - Island Spirituality + reviews, articles, BBC interview (Sept 2013)]  [Video of climate change debate with Benny Peiser, 1 hr (June 2013)]   [Huffington Post on manipulation in advertising (May 2013)]  [The Future is Local - Keynote address in Scottish Parliament (Apr 2013)]  [Book Reviews 2013 - Biggar's Defence of War  Turner's Power of Silence  Pullar & Low's Fauna Scotica] [Old but topical report re-launches in PDF formats - Real Scot Report (on multiculturalism)  -  People & Parliament (participative democracy)  -  Environmental Education for Adaptation]  [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 homepage. 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.

Located in the Govan area of Glasgow, Scotland, I am an independent scholar, activist, writer, speaker and broadcaster from the Isle of Lewis with a wide range of academic connections that have included a visiting professorship and fellowship at the universities of Strathclyde and Ulster, and I am currently an Honorary Senior Fellow in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, a Fellow of the Schumacher Society and a Research Fellow at the School of Divinity (New College), University of Edinburgh. Other roles include serving as a founding director of the GalGael Trust here in Govan and special advisor to the Board of the the Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) of which I was once the director.

What I Do and Why this Website (updated March 2013)

The purpose of this website is to represent myself professionally and to share with others the material that I have unearthed through action and reflection. It is a self-maintained amateur website using ancient software that lacks the fancy bells and smells, but functionally it does the job. I'm open to any nominations for antique status.

The material you'll find here is a constantly growing range of work representing my field of human ecology - the study of and participation in the relationships between the natural environment and the social environment. 

Some would define human ecology as simply being the relationships between population, environment, resources and development (PRED). I don't think this goes far enough. We need also to incorporate the psychological and spiritual backdrop of what it means to be human beings. I therefore do human ecology by always asking such questions as, "Is what I'm doing now feeding the hungry?", "Is it relevant to the poor or to the broken in nature?", "Does it contribute to understanding and meaningfulness?" And the central spiritual question, "Does it give life?" 

That latter question is what gives cohesion to my work, for when you take an interest in major issues of our time, it's like pulling on a tangled ball of string. You can't unravel one loop until you've understood the interconnections with all the rest. As such, my work is extremely varied, but what joins it all up is a fundamental passion for that which gives life.

The backbone of this site's content is my published work. You'll find the chronological listing on the "Published Articles" tab above, and an index classified by subject area in the column to the left. As these aren't always bang up to date, please also check the "New Here" listing at the top of this page.

This site is not a blog. Nearly all of its material has been previously published elsewhere. It has therefore been through varying degrees of third party peer reviewing or editing processes. It includes items that appeared in small local newspapers and national press features, academic papers in refereed scholarly journals, magazine contributions, published letters, reports, poetry and broadcast scripts (sometimes with audio).

There is also a section of 3rd party resource material where I've scanned or digitised important but documents, mostly out of print, that are essential to my work or for my students. I regret that I cannot accept unsolicited 3rd party material for this 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)I have been a Visiting Fellow at the latter institution 2007 - 2009 and Visiting Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde 2006 - 2012. For full academic CV click here.

My major books are  Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (2001), Love and Revolution: Collected Poetry (2006), Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition (2008) and Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality.  These have variously been described as "world-changing" by George Monbiot, "inspirational" by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and "truly mental" by Thom Yorke of Radiohead ... but ask my wife for a more down-to-earth assessment.

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), Kandinsky and the spiritual in art (2011), and opening new directions in 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), the depth psychology of cigarette advertising (1995-96), the "Glasgow Two" release campaign with T.C. Campbell (1994 - 2000), NGO marketing, PR, finance & management (1980 - 1990), parapsychology and the psychology of consciousness (1973 - 1980), cultural psychotherapy, conflict and power analysis (1994 - present) and the GalGael Trust, urban poverty and cultural renewal (1997 - 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 can be important for an activist under such circumstances, I annually state who pays me and how much at the link just given, as well as 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 2013

I live with my wife, Vérène Nicolas, in Drumoyne in the Govan area of Glasgow in Scotland. 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 in the community using Training for Transformation, conflict resolution, and dance (she is a trained Biodanza teacher).

My  main areas of work for 2013 are likely to be:

bulletSpeaking Activities: 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.
bulletWriting - Poacher's Pilgrimage: Since 2009 I've been working on a major book, Poacher's Pilgrimage, and expect to continue work on this through much of 2013. My paid work for speaking etc finances the bulk of my time, which is spent writing and researching. This book 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 - Other: Much of what made the writing of Poacher's Pilgrimage such a mammoth task has been the need to wrestle with specific local historical and theological material. Reading earlier drafts my long-suffering literary agent, James Wills of Watson Little Ltd., London, quite rightly told me it was too much for the general reader. As such, since October 2012 after being invited to lecture on the subject in Stornoway, I have sidelined the more specialist content into a short book. Island Spirituality: Exploring Spiritual Values in Lewis and Harris is to be published by the Islands Book Trust on the Isle of Lewis at their St Columba conference in June 2013. I also have two other edited book projects on the go. Matt Carmichael in Leeds has been editing my teaching materials on spiritual activism to release as an updated and jointly-authored text, and the Iona Community are editing a selection of my BBC Thought for the Day contributions to be released by Wild Goose Publications. Other recent papers and articles can be seen listed above.
bulletUrban Poverty - Govan and GalGael Trust: I am actively involved in the local community here in Govan, Glasgow, 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.
bulletAcademic Collaborations: The role that I held since 2006 visiting professor in human ecology at the University of Strathclyde has just come to completion, without renewal because the Department of Geography & Sociology is being dissolved in financial cutbacks. However, Edinburgh University have appointed me to a fellowship role in the School of Divinity (New College). This gives a welcome academic foothold in what is otherwise freelance scholarly work. It also reflects the growing emphasis in my work on the spiritual dynamics of the contemporary world. I hope to be working there with colleagues such as Professor Michael Northcott in such areas as climate change and on the significance of "ancestral time".
bulletNonviolence and Military Staff College Lecturing: Much of my work involves cultural psychotherapy in the context of violence. I work specifically with non-violence, and lecture to military staff colleges on this which requires keeping broadly abreast of military issues. Military lectures during 2013 have been for or are scheduled for the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Advanced Command & Staff Course at JSCSC, the Higher Command & Staff Course at JSCSC, and the Senior Command & Staff Course of the Irish Defence Force. The end of 1912 also saw an engagement with the French military college at Saint-Cyr.  An idea of what I say in these lectures can be downloaded as  A Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict - a paper in a textbook of military ethics produced by staff at the War Studies department of King's College, London.
bulletRadical Human Ecology: The start of 2012 saw the publication of a collection of scholarly papers, Radical Human Ecology: Intercultural and Indigenous Approaches of which I am both an editor and contributor. Unfortunately, as an academic collection currently available only in hardback it initially £80, though (as of May) now that Routledge have recouped their initial outlay they've reduced that to £30 and it's on the web for less. Professor Richard Borden of the the Society for Human Ecology and holder of the Rachel Carson Chair in Human Ecology at the College of the Atlantic writes in the Foreword:

"Below the clamor of a bustling world, this volume imparts the seeds of a radical alternative for human ecology. They lie beneath surface: amid the whispered voices at the margin, in the praxis of traditional spirituality, along the dusty road of post-modernism, and from the ivy halls of science. This is not the human ecology of a prehistoric fireside or an academic symposium. It is an unconventional and timely pedagogy of hope."

bulletClimate Change & Community in Papua, Indonesia: Since February 2012 my wife 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 a little 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.

 

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Contact Information:

 

Alastair McIntosh

26 Luss Road

Drumoyne

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.

 

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.

 

The following newly added links to rare 3rd party resource material  are placed on the home page for Google to crawl:

 

Environmental Education for Adaptation Report - now in PDF

 

 

 

Website keywords: Centre for Human Ecology - Action for Transformation Programme with Verene Nicolas - working with spirituality, community empowerment project, land reform, social justice, ecological justice, cultural regeneration, liberation theology, ecofeminism, deep ecology, interfaith, multiculturalism, combating Islamophobia, Quakerism, Quakers, transpersonal psychology, parapsychology, individuation, C.G. Jung, development, democratic intellect, GulfWatch, activist training, Training for Transformation, the Scottish constitution, St Andrew, saltire, Declaration of Arbroath, Isle of Eigg Trust, GalGael Trust, Iona Community, Isle of Lewis, Leurbost, Liurbost, Luirbost, Liurboist, Líurboist, Lurebost (does our village have an identity crisis?), North Lochs, Isle of Harris, Papua New Guinea, Highlands, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, Lingerabay superquarry, Lingerbay, Lafarge, Redland, People & Parliament, Embracing Multicultural Scotland, Carbeth Hutters, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Orthodox Church, Schumacher Society, appropriate technology, micro-hydro electric, indigenous values, indigenous technologies, music, penny whistle, poetics, geopoetics, bard, bardic school and, of course, in the full Celtic tradition of Scots mythopoesis ... the faeries, fairies and faerie out from under the fairy hill.

 

Name spelling variants: Alastair Iain McIntosh, Alastair I. McIntosh, A. I. McIntosh, A. McIntosh, Alistair MacIntosh, Alastair MacIntosh, Alistair MacIntosh, Alastair Mackintosh, Alistair Mackintosh, Alasdair Mackintosh, Alistair McIntosh, Alasdair McIntosh, Mc Intosh, AlastairMcIntosh, Alisdair, Alister, Alligator (well, that's what Microsoft's spell-check suggests). 

 

 

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, Skye and Harris, 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. Unavailable from 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. Govan Folk University event, t.b.a., evening panel sharing, 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).

  32. Edinburgh University Ancestral Time & Climate Change seminar, June 9th, afternoon, s.t.c.

  33. 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 to the churches on Climate Change, Faith and the Human Condition, venue t.b.a.

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

  35. 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, 2pm, Fri 4 July.

  36. 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 sharing at Elm Farm, Burnett, details t.b.a. on those websites.

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

  38. GalGael Trust Board meeting, 5.15 Wed 30 Jul, s.t.c.

  39. On work/holiday Isle of Berneray and N. Uist, 9 - 25 Aug.

  40. Keynote address (with John MacAulay of Flodabay) at the Harris Mountain Festival, Isle of Harris, Sat 13 Sept.

  41. Leading week on The Pilgrimage of Life, jointly with both Iona Abbey and the Macleod Centre Sat 20 - Fri 26 Sept - bookings here.

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

  43. GalGael Trust Board meeting, 5.15 Wed 5 Nov, s.t.c.

  44. Iona Community Board, Edinburgh, 11 am, Thur 13 Nov s.t.c..

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

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

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

  48. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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