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 1. Alastair McIntosh - Community


Classified Index of Articles on Community, Place, Belonging & Identity



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332. 2024, A Sermon to the English on Land Reform, Dark Mountain, Issue 25, special issue on "the land", April.


331. 2024, Magne Oftedal's Leurbost Gaelic & Ishbel Maclennan obituary, two articles, Lochs News, Isle of Lewis, April.


330. 2024,  'Don't be angry with the river', report on GalGael Trust trip to Iona, with link to Testimony to the late boat designer Iain Oughtred, April.


326. 2023, Integrated Company - on Gender, opinion piece in The Friend, (20 Oct).


325. 2023, Interview with Alastair McIntosh, "Our Changing World", Reforesting Scotland, pp. 8-11, Sept..


324. 2023, A Potential Model for Community Empowerment – the Silver Standard, a briefing paper for NatureScot (SNH) invited for the Community Empowerment & Green Finance workshop, August. See also the earlier main "natural capital" paper.


322. 2023, 'And I am concerned with the blossom' - report on the GalGael Trust's Iona trip 2023 - mutual support in suffering, Celtic spirituality and superquarry Stone Eagle necklace (July).


319. 2023, The Dick Balharry Memorial Talk 2023: 'Land Reform, Access, and the Renewal of Relationship', Ramblers Scotland, with appended notes 'Outdoor Access in Scotland: on the Celtic Tradition' by Rennie McOwan from 1994. Video of my talk here.


318. 2023, God, War and the Faeries: Mentoring and Carrying Stream in Writing Poacher’s Pilgrimage, conference proceedings 'Literature and religion in Scotland' of the Association for Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow, pp. 269 - 294.


315, 2023, The Question of Community and 'Rewilding', Bella Caledonia, 31 January. PDF version here.


311. 2022, Rethinking Civilised Society: Thoughts on Civil(ised) Society, University of York (Department of Politics) research contribution. PDF version here (and see other contributors' contributions here),


308. 2022, How the 'People's Republic of Eigg' lit a fire under land reform in Scotland, The National, 10 April. PDF version here.


305. 2022, Report on GalGael Trust's visit to the Isle of Iona, March 2022.


304. 2022, Community of Contested Discourse in the Gaelic Development Debate, Bella Caledonia, 23 February. PDF version here.


302. 2021, 'I've never known you be so bad before' - Land, Community and Climate Change, The Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture 2021, Islands Book Trust. Alternatively, view lecture Lecture Video, starting 9 mins in, delivered at the Kinloch Community Hub, Balallan, Isle of Lewis, 21 Oct.


298. 2021, Three Reflections on Elderly Care, The Friend and BBC Thought for the Day, various dates.


295. 2020, Riders on the Storm: the Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being, Birlinn, Edinburgh, 243 + xi, ISBN 978 1 78027 639 7, £9.99 p/b.


295. 2020, Held in the Basket of Community, Solas 2020 Festival Magazine.

292. 2019, God Carry Me,  Dark Mountain Journal, Issue 16,10th anniversary edition essay, pp. 119-126.

291. 2019, Spirituality and Social Activism, chapter with Matt Carmichael (2) in The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality and Society, ed. László Zsolnai & Bernadette Flanagan, Routledge, London.

290. 2019, Papua Visitors Feast at Croirgerraidh, Lochs News, Issue 17, August, p. 6.

289. 2019, Report of West Papua Province study tour to Hebrides, July.


286. 2019, "Keep thinking about the stories I'm telling you": Obituary for Agnus Maclennan of Kirkibost & Achmore, Lochs News, Issue 15, Feb, pp. 8-9


287. 2019, Report on GalGael Trust people's visit to the Isle of Iona, March.


283. 2018, The State of the Nation Lecture 2018, St Andrew's Day, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh - that's an audio link, for the text click here. For source references on St A, see here.


282. 2018, Obituary of Tom Forsyth of Scoraig - Crofter and Pioneer of Eigg Land Reform, The Herald, 31 August, p. 22 (link to the newspaper's online version here).


281. 2018, Keynote Address for the 25th Anniversary of the Assynt Crofters' Trust, The Assynt Crofters' Trust, Stoer, Sutherland, 2 July (pdf of original posting on their website).


275, 2018, The Immortality of Robert Burns, Burns' Night address to the GalGael Trust, Bella Caledonia online, PDF copy of web publication.


272, 2017, The PsalmBoat Project: Alastair McIntosh at Soval Lodge, Lochs News, Leurbost, Isle of Lewis, Nov 2017, pp. 12-13.


271, 2017, Some Contributions of Geopoetics to Modern Scottish Land Consciousness, Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, Conference proceedings "Expressing the Earth", Seil Island, Scotland; PDF copy of web publication.


270, 2017, "Foreword" to Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust land reform 20th anniversary brochure, Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, pp. 1-2.


267, 2017, Report on the GalGael Trust's visit to Iona - exploration of "spirituality", e-Coracle, April, Iona Community, Glasgow.  PDF version here.


265. 2016, Dè Seòrsa Fuaim a tha a' Tighinn à Tùr-Cluig Falamh? What is the Sound of an Empty Belfry Chiming?, Re-Soundings, ed. Mhairi Killin & Hugh Watt, www.re-soundings.com, Graphical House, ISBN 978-0-9565200-8-1, pp. AD597 - c.1497 (bi-lingual Gaelic & English arts project on bells and artillery shells).


260, 2016, Poacher's Pilgrimage: an Island Journey, Birlinn, Edinburgh, hardback, ISBN 978 178027 361 7, £20, 339 pp. + xxi.


256, 2015, Rummaging Through the Useful Bag, Dark Mountain Journal Issue 8 (on Technê, technology), pp. 298 - 310.


255. 2015, Canadian Quakers Yearly Meeting Lecture - Decolonising Land and Soul: A Quaker Testimony, The Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture 2015, Canadian Yearly Meeting, Ottawa, 37pp.


254. 2015, "Foreword" to Bruce Ball's The Landscape Below: Soil, Soul and Agriculture, Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow, pp. 9 - 17.


253. 2015. Living in the Carrying Stream (a reflection on intergenerational transmission, Isle of Lewis), Dioghlum: Magazine of the Kinloch Historical Society, Isle of Lewis, No. 49, July 2015, pp. 5-7.


251. 2015. Canoe Pilgrimage to Boreray: Celtic Era Burial site at Field of the Monks in Outer Hebrides & Birth Place of the Grandfather of the First Man on the Moon, photo documentary, September, web published by Alastair McIntosh.


250. 2015. The Highland Clearances on the Isles of Lewis and Harris from the living memories of Donald J Macleod (b. 1934) of Enaclete (Uig) and Bridge of Don, compiled and web published by Alastair McIntosh.


247. 2015. Report on the Climate Change Study Visit to Scotland by Planners from Papua Province, Indonesia, Centre For Human Ecology, March 2015, co-authored with Vérène Nicolas & Sibongile Pradhan, 13 pp..


244. 2015. Seeds of Fire, conference address on climate change and the community, The Sisters of the Cross and Passion, Larne, Northern Ireland, 8 February 2015.


242. 2015, Scalpay Lighthouse Pathway Opening Address (13 Sept 2014), De Tha Dol, Harris Voluntary Service, Isles of Scalpay & Harris, Jan 2015, pp. 8-9.


241b. 2014, The Poit Dhubh (Black Pot) of Loch na Buaile Gharbha (Village of Leurbost, Isle of Lewis), Dusgadh, North Lochs Historical Society magazine, No 74, p. 12.


241. 2014, Lochs Agricultural Show Opening Address (26 July 2014), Dioghlum, Kinloch Historical Society, Isle of Lewis, No. 48, Dec 2014, pp. 5-6.


240. 2014, Compass Points Within Eileana Bride, in Marianna Lines, The Traveller's Guide to Sacred Scotland, Gothic Image Publications, Somerset, pp. 264-266.


234. 2014, "Foreword" (25 pp) to the new edition of On the Other Side of Sorrow: Nature and People by James Hunter, Birlinn Ltd, Edinburgh.


233. 2014, Book Review of Donald Smith's Freedom and Faith & Doug Gay's Honey from the Lion (both on theology of Scottish independence referendum), Third Way, 37:5, June, p. 40.


231. 2014, When the Ferries Fail to Sail (community resilience on the Isle of Lewis during 1966 strike of the National Union of Seamen), with Lauren Eden (1), Dark Mountain, Issue 5, Spring 2014, pp. 140-157.


226. 2014, A Culture of Contempt: the Telegraph, R.D. Laing & Scottish Independence, Bella Caledonia opinion piece, February 19th. For non-interactive but permanent PDF version click here.


222. 2013, Can Liberation Theology Serve Indonesia? Semper Reformanda and the Spiritual Challenges of Our Times, Sola Experientia (Jurnal Teologi), Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Jakarta (Jakarta Theological Seminary), Vol 1:2, October 2013, 121-136.


221a. 2013, Growing up with Calvin (reflections on Island Spirituality), Third Way, 36:7, Sept 2013, pp. 24-26.


221. 2013, Island Spirituality: Spiritual Values of Lewis and Harris, Islands Book Trust, Kershader, 184 pp, price £10. As out of print from 2015, now in free PDF download.


220. 2013, Keynote Address, The Future is Local, Scottish Community Alliance with Scottish Government, 26 April.


218. 2012, Radical Human Ecology: Intercultural and Indigenous Approaches, co-edited with Lewis Williams (1) and Rose Roberts (2) in the Ashgate Research Companion series, Ashgate, London. Includes my chapters on "The Challenge of Radical Human Ecology to the Academy" and "Teaching Radical Human Ecology in the Academy", with a Foreword by Richard Borden of the Society for Human Ecology, 433 pp, ISBN 978-0-7546-9516-5, price £30 hardback.


217. 2012 The 'Sacredness' of Natural Sites and Their Recovery: Iona, Harris and Govan in Scotland, in Mallarach, J.-M., Papayannis, T. and Väisänen, R. (eds), The Diversity of Sacred Lands in Europe: Proceedings of the Third Workshop of the Delos Initiative – Inari/Aanaar 2010. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN and Vantaa, Finland: Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services - free PDF of complete volume from IUCN here.


214. 2011-12, O Donald Trump, Woe Donald Trump (poetry), EarthLines, Issue 1, May 2012, pp. 43-46 (first posted on Bella Caledonia blog 2011).


211. 2010. Book review of Dark Mountain Journal Issue 1, on Bella Caledonia website with contributor comments, 30 June, and also in PDF, 7pp..


205. 2009. Where now 'Hell and High Water'?, ECOS: Journal of the British Association for Nature Conservation, 30:(3/4), 66-77 (with 5 short book reviews in same issue), 96-98, 103).


204. 2009. The Political Theology of Modern Scottish Land Reform, with Rutger Henneman (1), Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 3/3, 340-375.  


203. 2009. Compassion (a reflection on the crofting, community and the psyche of the world), Bella Caledonia, September 09 (online journal ... or click here for Word version).


202. 2009. Review of Finlay MacLeod's (Fionnlagh MacLeòid) The Norse Mills of Lewis / Muilnean Beaga Leòdhais, The Stornoway Gazette, 16 July.


200. 2009, Wilderness near the end of Heaven, John Muir Trust Journal, Spring 2009, 10-11.


198. 2008, Review of "A Book of Silence" by Sara Maitland, Third Way, December 2008, online at http://www.thirdway.org.uk/528 .


197. 2008, Land, Identity, School: Exploring Women's Identity with Land in Scotland Through the Experience of Boarding School (PDF), with Chriss Bull (1) and Colin Clark (3), Oral History: Journal of the Oral History Society, Autumn 2008, Vol. 36:2, 75 - 88,  Autumn 2008.


196. 2008, Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality, Schumacher Briefing No. 15, Green Books. ISBN 978-1-900322-38-6.


195. 2008, Some Contributions of Liberation Theology to Community Empowerment in Scottish Land Reform 1991 - 2003, (4 MB PDF) Thesis for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Published Works undertaken with the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, Faculty of Arts, University of Ulster.


194. 2008, Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition, Birlinn Press, Edinburgh, 289 pp. + x, £8.99, ISBN 978-1-84158-622-9.


192. 2008, Submission to Scottish Government's Rural Housing Inquiry, 24 March 2008.


191. 2008, 'Sea Change for Fishing,' in Change and continuity in Scotland's fishing communities, Economic & Social Research Council, ESRC Seminar Series, 17-20.


188. 2007, Archive of Scottish Land Reform Audio Broadcasts with Alastair McIntosh during the 1990s, listen here to 9 digitised broadcasts that reflect a little of the social history of the modern Scottish land reform movement.


187. 2007, Guest Editorial, The Participant (PDF File), Scottish Natural Heritage, Planning Aid & Royal Town Planning Institute, No. 4, 2.


186. 2007,  Sparking the Fire of Regeneration, Interpretation Journal: Journal of the Association for Heritage Interpretation, 12:3, 3 - 5 (also in PDF of original). .


185. 2006, Fire in the Bones (Theology of Spiritual Activism), Third Way, (also in .pdf of original), Vol. 29, No. 7, September 2006, pp. 12 - 15. Also published in the Jan/Feb 2007 issue of Tikkun, pp. 18 - 20, the progressive American Jewish magazine - www.tikkun.org .


184. 2006, Love and Revolution (collected poetry), Luath Press, Edinburgh, 96pp, £7.99, 4 September 2006, ISBN 1-905222-58-0. 


183. Entretien avec Alastair McIntosh: Quand la société civile et l'industrie s'impliquent dans une vision partagée (entretien par Béatrice Quasnik), Les Cahiers de Sol, Society for Organisational Learning, Paris, France, No. 6, Juin/June 2006, pp. 24 - 30, en .pdf. 


181. 2006, Land Reform: The People Find Their Voice, Reforesting Scotland, Issue 34, pp. 10-12.


173. 2005 (with new Foreword 2020), The Dream Job: 21 Steps to enhance Black and Ethnic Minority opportunities in Scotland, (co-authored by Alastair McIntosh, Vérène Nicolas, Tara O'Leary, Jane Rosegrant & Nick Wilding; Foreword by Tesfu Gessesse, Chair of EMPOWER), EMPOWER, Equal, European Social Fund & Centre for Human Ecology, Edinburgh, 23 September, 28pp..


172. 2005, 3 contributions to The Encyclopaedia of Religion and Nature (2 volumes), Jeffrey Kaplan & Bron Taylor eds., Continuum International Publishing, London & NY, 2005 (www.religionandnature.com), comprising: 1) Scotland (the historical context of nature religion), 1503-1505, 2) Faerie Faith in Scotland, 633-634, and, 3) Scything & Erotic Fulfillment (vernacular work rhythms), 1507-1509.


160. 2004, The Real Price of Property, Third Way, Jan/Feb, Vol. 27 No. 1, 22 - 25.


159. 2004, Foreword to Europe, Globalization and Sustainable Development, ed. Barry, John, Baxter, Brian & Dunphy, Richard., Routledge, London, £65 (hardback), ISBN: 0-415-30276-5, xii - xxiii.


158. 2003, For Auld Lang Syne, My Dear, address to the European Social Forum (FSE), plenary on Cultural and National Identities in Europe, Paris, 14 November.


157. 2003, Paedophilia in the Community, The Hebridean, Stornoway, 20 November.


156. 2003, The 4 Stages of Land Reform in Scotland, The Hebridean, Stornoway, 2 Oct, pp. 8-9, & at press.


155. 2003, Power to the People ( Wind Energy & Land Value Market Capitalisation), The Hebridean, Stornoway, 21 August, p. 7.


154. 2003, The Lie of the Land (Land Reform on Eigg update), The Hebridean, Stornoway, 14 August, p. 7.


149. 2003, Towards a Sustainable Community Housing Policy for Scotland, distributed discussion paper, July 7, 7 pp..


148. 2003, On Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, in A Living Quaker Witness to the Earth, The Earth: Our Creative Responsibility Group, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Quaker Books, London,  pp. 18-19.


140. 2002, Becoming Rooted in Place. Public address given at the opening of NVA's Hidden Garden at Glasgow's Tramway Theatre, 30 November 2002.


139. 2002, Ecology and Scottish Identity - Book Reviews of Scotland's Landscapes and Managing Scotland's Environment, ECOS, 23(2), 2002, 71-73.


138. The Future of Wild Land in Scotland: "Yes, about the fairies and all that...". This article was commissioned by the Scottish Wild Land Group for their published contribution to The International Year of Mountains 2002, Scotland's Wild Land - what future?, ISBN 0-9543790-0-4, £4.00, 5-8.


137. 2002, Kinship with Creation: Two Quakers Share their Views, Quaker Green Action, ISBN 0 9518766 3 5, 38 pp., UK (with Susannah Brindle, but this website gives only Alastair McIntosh's interview).


136. 2002, It's all about putting people in their place, text of address to the Rural Planning Symposium for Duhallow, published in The Irish Examiner, Cork, 21 June 2002. Also published in revised form on Open Democracy's website, with links to many key phrases, as Soil and Soul: Lessons from Ireland, 2002.   


135. 2002, Roots for Living, occasional column in The Big Issue in Scotland, with Vérène Nicolas, on diverse social, environmental and spiritual issues. This link takes you to the index.


132. 2001, Sabbath and the Corporate Mammon: concluding the Harris Superquarry Debate, ECOS, British Association of Nature Conservationists, 22 (1), 46-52. 


128. 2001, Land Reform and National Identity, Le Monde Diplomatique, Paris, No. 572-48, November, p. 6, co-authored with Vérène Nicolas. Published in French translation as Quand l'Ecosse Distribue les Terres: Vent de Réformes Après la Conquête de L'Autonomie, in English original, London, p. 13 (with The Guardian Weekly by subscription and on website) as Scotland plc - Land Reform and National Identity, in German/Swiss editions as Das Geheimnis des wahren Schotten, and in Spanish (Chilean edition) as Reforma agraria e identitaria en Escocia (December 2001 edition). 


127. 2001, Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power, Aurum Press, London, ISBN 1 85410 802 6, £17.99 hardback, 336pp..


126. 2001, Community, Power and Peace: Healing Nationhood, Historic Peace Churches' Consultation for the WCC - Theology and Culture: Peacemaking for the Globalised World, conference at Bienenberg Theological Seminary, Basel, Switzerland, 25-29 June 2001, publication pending as conference proceedings; currently published to conference website www.peacetheology.org.  


125. 2001, Pagan Presbyterianism? Protest and Prophetic Theology, The Friends' Quarterly, Kent, 32:7, 300-309.


123. 2000. Defying the Corporate Golem (Lafarge Redland, Corporate "Human" Rights and the British Constitution), Foundations, William Temple Foundation, 3:4, 27.


121. 2000. Shine On..., The Kingdom of Fife: Our Land and its Peoples, "keynote listener" contribution to proceedings of WECAN! conference, Falkland, 26-28.


119. 2000, A Sabbath of the Land (Harris superquarry reconciliation, and SAC conservation area theology), Stornoway Gazette, 20 July, 4, being reprinted in ECOS: Journal of the British Association for Nature Conservation, autumn 2000.


116. 2000, Healing Nationhood: Essays on Spirituality, Place and Community, including Land, Power & National Identity commissioned by the Russian Academy of Sciences, Curlew Productions, Kelso, with the Centre for Human Ecology and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, 144pp., ISBN 1 900259 95 8, £7.50. 


115. 2000, Who’s a Real Scot? The Report of “Embracing Multicultural Scotland”, Centre for Human Ecology, Edinburgh, 28pp., (with Hanna Maan (1), Nick Wilding (2), Vérène Nicolas (3) and Amadu Khan (4)).  


113. 2000, Saint Andrew – Nonviolence and National Identity, Theology in Scotland, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, VII:1, 55-70.  


107. 1999, As the Gaelic Proverb says: The Bonds of Milk and Stronger than the Bonds of Blood, Edinburgh International Festival "Cultural Reflections" Lecture at The Hub, 9 August, published in The Herald, Glasgow, as the Saturday essay, 7 August, 15.


106. 1999, Land, Power & National Identity: Modern Russia and the Spirituality of Nationhood – a View from Scotland, Russian Academy of Sciences Department of Economics (English and Russian translation per Dr Dmitry Lvov, Head of Department), Moscow, 89pp.; reprinted as lead item in Healing Nationhood (Curlew Productions), 2000, see above.  


105. 1999, Psychospiritual Effects of Biodiversity Loss in Celtic Culture and its Contemporary Geopoetic Restoration, in Cultural & Spiritual Values of Biodiversity: a Complementary Contribution to the Global Biodiversity Assessment, ed. Darrell Addison Posey, United Nations Environment Programme (Intermediate Technology Publications), Nairobi & London, 480-483.


104. 1999, The Politics of Holy Places, Land & Liberty, Henry George Foundation, London, Autumn, 15.


101. 1999, People & Parliament: Reshaping Scotland? Let the People Speak (the Full Technical Report of the People & Parliament Project), People & Parliament Trust, Edinburgh, convened by Canon Kenyon E Wright, chair of the Scottish Constitutional Convention (I undertook structuring the research methodology, analyzing data and drafting this report, but it represents the collective work of the Trust as a whole. The names of the 11 members of the Steering Committee, who should be considered as co-authors, are listed in the report, which might be cited as “Wright, K., McIntosh, A., et. al.”), 101pp..  


100. 1999, Liberation Theology in Scottish Community Empowerment, in Popular Education and Social Action in Scottish Communities, Ian Martin, Jim Crowther and Mae Shaw, (eds.), National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester, 205-215.  


91. 1998, (222KB) The Gal-Gael Peoples of Scotland: on Tradition Re-bearing, Recovery of Place and Making Identity Anew, Nature Religion Today, ed. Joanne Pearson, Richard Roberts & Geoffrey Samuel, Edinburgh University Press, 180-202.


56. 1994, (287KB) The Scottish Highlands in colonial and psychodynamic perspective, Interculture: International Journal of Transdisciplinary and Intercultural Research, XXVII:3, 2-36, (with Andy Wightman (2) and Dan Morgan (3)). Traduction française (228KB): Les Highlands écossais dans une perspective coloniale et psychodynamique. Now also in PDF - on the linked pages.


50. 1994, Journey to the Hebrides, Scottish Affairs, 6, 52-67.


42. 1992, Open letter to Keith Schellenberg, “Laird” of Eigg, Reforesting Scotland, 7, 30-31, (with Tom Forsyth (2) and Bob Harris (3)). 


28. 1989, Because we are human beings.... Meaning development; meaning metaculture, Coracle, Iona Community, Glasgow, 3:2.  




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