Saint Aidan is a magnificent example of a Scot who lived to make others great. The Community in Scotland seeks to make others great.
The Community holds regular area meetings. For details contact Gill Davidson: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is currently a yearly August week-end at Colvend Manse, Dumfries in the glorious Solway Forth, when interested people may combine this with a holiday in local B&B’s. For details contact the minister, Rev. James Gatherer: email@example.com
You can download a PDF file outlining a Way of Saint Cuthbert for Scotland here
The Community offers resources and retreats for ministers, priests, elders and other church leaders who seek new ways forward for the church, such as ‘church without walls’ www.cwwresources.org.uk. The most recent retreat was the ‘A Heart for Scotland’ conference at Scottish Churches House, Dunblane, when we explored church without walls, early Scottish church planters, and Scott Brennan of the Lighthouse church, Musselburgh, www.thelighthousechurch.org.uk shared insights into leadership that breaks out of the box.
The chapter on ‘Church Without Walls’ in Exploring Celtic Spirituality (Kevin Mayhew Ltd) offers some foundational insights.
Our four volume Celtic Prayer Book (Kevin Mayhew Ltd) offers the following
Church leaders come singly or in groups to the international community’s spirituality centre and retreat house, The Open Gate, on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne near the Borders. This was the spiritual power house of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria which at one time spanned, Edinburgh, York and Whithorn, and The Open Gate seeks humbly to re-kindle something of that today. We have also provided consultancy for presbyteries meeting nearer home.
Rev. Dr. Ian Bradley, of St. Andrew’s University, and one of the Community’s Advisors, is researching and promoting renewed understanding and practice of pilgrimage. See his book Columba: Pilgrim and Penitent (Wild Goose Publications 1996) and his 2009 book on pilgrimage. He and others seek to encourage pilgrimage inspired by Columba through Ireland, Scotland and Northumbria. The Open Gate, at Lindisfarne, welcomes pilgrims. Examples of pilgrimage routes which end at Lindisfarne are: From Melrose ( St. Cuthbert’s Way); from Iona; from Whithorn; from St. Andrews, via Haddington and North Berwick.
The following prayer was offered in the Parliament during a visit by Community members:
Postal address: White House, Fenkle Street, Holy Island, Berwick-uponTweed TD15 2SR
Email: Contact Ray's Personal Assistant, Brenda Grace, below