Holy City 2015-16: ‘THE GAP/ a… gap…?’

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Taking stock, dreaming big, making it up as we go along...

In 2015-16 the Holy City programme takes a different shape. The shape of recent years is ‘gone’… but not completely.

We’re taking a ‘gap year‘ to ask questions about our methods and opportunities for engagement, and what new ways may be needed. We’ve always been ready to change our patterns, to avoid being fixed, to consider better ways of speaking, listening, doing and connecting with new communities of folk. That’s what this session is all about.

Come and investigate the gaps with us. Who knows what new something-from-nothing we might create?

In October, we’ll be starting with ‘The End‘, a very informal get-together, and then concluding in June with ‘The Beginning‘, a big liturgical celebration. What happens in between is up for grabs... keep visiting the website for updates or sign-up for our eNews.

For more information about all of these events, contact us: holycity@wildgoose.scot

(More events will be added in due course)

Sunday 4th October 2015
starting @ 2.00, Glasgow Central Station (then taking 2.04pm to Milngavie, arriving 2.30pm. Walking the West Highland Way into Murdock Park. Then to Costa Coffee, Milngavie, approx 4.30pm. Then 5.41pm train back to Glasgow, arriving 6.04pm.

Come walk and/ or talk around a subversive tale featuring Sarah, Sodom and salt with Jo Love. (You may be interested to know that "Lot and his God" will run at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre 3rd-10th Oct...).

Advance reading of Genesis 18 & 19 recommended but not essential! Join Jo Love at any of the points above.

Option to join other Holy Citizens at "The End" event, 6.30pm at the Griffin. Helpful to know before the day if you're coming!

Please contact us in advance, if you’re interested in being part of this.

0141 332 6343, holycity@wildgoose.scot

Sunday 4th October 2015
@ 6.30, The Griffin Bar, 266 Bath Street, Glasgow

A small, informal gathering for Holy Citizens, to chat, discuss, question, play a game or two, listen to some music and discuss today and the future. Finger buffet provided, drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Sunday 1st November 2015
starting @ 1.00pm, Glasgow Central Station (see below for later times)

Biblical blethers on the hoof. Come and walk and/or talk by the sea, pondering some seaside events that ‘bookend’ the Gospels. Advance reading of Matthew 4:18-22 and John 21:1-19 recommended, but not essential.

Join Jo Love at any point as follows: Glasgow Central Station 1pm, train to Prestwick. Links Road car park, by the Esplanade at Prestwick, 1.50pm. Then walking up the beach to Troon. At Venice Cafe, 4 Ayr Street, Troon at approx 4pm. Trains back to Glasgow at 25 and 55 past the hour.

It’ll be helpful to know in advance if you’re coming! Please contact us, if you’re interested in being part of this.

0141 332 6343, holycity@wildgoose.scot

Friday 27th - Saturday 28th November 2015
Reflecting on need and desire in the gospel of Mark
@7.00 (Fri) & 9.30 (Sat), Unitarian Church, 73 Berkeley Street, Glasgow

Holy City’s annual Urban Retreat with Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet, peace worker and Leader of the Corrymeela Community.

“What do you want?” is the intriguing question that Jesus asks Bartimaeus in the gospel of Mark. While Bartimaeus could have been justified saying “It’s bloody obvious, your Lordship” we can go deeper and recognize that the question itself is one of respect, demonstrating that it is a dignity to be asked to name your own desire.

This retreat will explore some narratives of need and desire from the gospel of Mark, and incorporate storytelling, poetry and sharing from the participants. 

For more info and bookings, contact us: 0141 332 6343, holycity@wildgoose.scot

Sun 29th November 2015
A reflection on solitude and story at Christmastime using liturgy, poetry, music and art
@6.30, Unitarian Church, 73 Berkeley Street, Glasgow

Holy City hosts an evening with Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet, peace worker and Leader of the Corrymeela Community…. on loneliness, isolation, Advent and hope.

Sunday 6th December @ time (tbc)
@ time & meeting place (tbc)

See 4th October event above. Please contact us in advance, if you’re interested in being part of this. Contact us: 0141 332 6343, holycity@wildgoose.scot

Sunday 12 June 2016 @ 6.30pm
Columba of Iona liturgy
Renfield St Stephen’s Church, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow

For more info, contact us: 0141 332 6343, holycity@wildgoose.scot

These events above don’t cover all the Holy City activities in the coming session. We’ll also be doing Travelling Circuses, a couple of Traffic Island Slipped Disc and maybe even a Wee Sing. And there may be more…

Wild Goose will also be engaged in weewonderbox events, a series of organic happenings, in conjunction with the Iona Community.

So keep visiting the website for updates, sign-up for our eNews, or contact us: holycity@wildgoose.scot for more info.

In the past each Holy City evening has consisted of participative, reflective activities and liturgy engaging body, mind and spirit. It met monthly event, a rendezvous of faithful folk, curious enquirers and compelling doubters, drawn from the whole, glorious spectrum of Christian tradition, its edges and beyond. All are welcome, irrespective of practice or preference.

In 2015-16, we’ll be departing from this ‘standard’ format, but doing lots of other intriguing things that might equally get yer taste buds going.

Holy City is organised by the Wild Goose Resource Group of the Iona Community - John L. Bell, Jo Love and Graham Maule - and a fine and motley crew of citizens - the immaculate Holy City Planning Group, and in collaboration with Renfield St Stephens Church & The Iona Community.
Holy City is most generously hosted by the congregation and minister (Peter Gardner) of Renfield St Stephen's Centre in their Centre. We are deeply grateful for their long-standing support and hospitality. Nor should we forget those other stars and starlettes from RSS, our seductively lovely Tea Team: Sheila, Helen, Graham, Fiona & Alec.
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