CSI

CSI – Central Scotland Interfaith

The forum to promote inter faith encounter in Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling.

Registered as a Scottish Charity under Scottish Charity No SC041399

 

Coming Events:

The next “Soul Space” will be at Stirling Methodist Church,  at 6.30pm on Sunday, October 15th.  The theme will be “Change”.  Bring along a short reflection to share if you wish.  Bring some food (preferably vegetarian) to share.  Bring your friends!

Scottish Interfaith Week runs from November 12th to 19th this year.  Our local event on the theme of “Creativity and the Arts” will be held on Sunday, November 12th, and will be a Soul Space with “Creativity” as the themes for the night.

 

 

The format of Soul Space is to gather at about 6.15pm for a bring and share vegetarian supper, followed by gathering to share reflections on the chosen theme.  For further information contact Jon Cape at jon [at] cameroncape.net.

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CSI will not be arranging any meetings in the near future while the committee carry out a strategic review, and decide how to reinvigorate the organisation.

Members of the committee are available to provide talks and workshops for community groups, schools and any other interested parties.  Contact the Secretary as above.

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Subscriptions will not be required for 2016 until the committee completes its strategic review.  Membership application forms can be obtained from the Secretary.


Contact CSI

By email at csi [at] irenic.org.uk (replace [at] with @) or phone the Secretary, Andrew,  on 07743 726013

 

Recent Events:

2017:

Our September meeting was attended by nine people, who all shared something that defined their faith.  Some very personal reflections were among a variety of contributions – including a dramatic monologue!

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There were only seven folk present at our July gathering, when the theme was charity.

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Our June meeting theme was “Hope.”  This was to tie in with the Jo Cox Foundation get together.

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We shared thoughts about “wings” when we met in April.

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Roots was the theme for our March gathering – and as usual there was a wide variation in contributions from those present.

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Our first meeting of 2017 was held on Sunday January 15th, and we focused our minds on the theme of “Home”.  Some of the reflections shared were on the subject of homelessness.

2016:

 

Grace was the theme for our November gathering. As usual a wide variety of thoughts on the theme were shared.

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Our October event took the theme of “A fairer world” and occurred during “One World Week”.  Fewer reflective contributions allowed time for us to engage in a short role-play exercise on the theme which was revealing and worthwhile.

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When we met in September to reflect on the Scots saying “We’re all Jock Tamson’s Bairns” there was the usual great variety of contributions from those present, including visitors from the USA.

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July saw a larger than usual attendance, thwarted once again by the weather to meet outdoors.  The sharing of new experiences this year from all gathered was unlightening, diverse and entertaining – and also much longer than usual!

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The meeting in May was sparsely attended for various reasons, but a diverse selection of contributions on the theme of birth was shared.

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In April we reflected together on the theme of “death”.

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We met in March to reflect on “Joy”.  As usual there was a wide range of contributions.  The CSI AGM was also held and existing office-bearers re-elected.

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The January meeting focused on the Holocaust Memorial Day theme of “Don’t stand by”.  As usual the reflections were many and varied.

2015:

Our November gathering was on the theme of the 2015 Scottish Interfaith Week: “Care for the environment”.  One of the largest gatherings just managed to squeeze into the wee room at Stirling Methodist Church, and a variety of thoughts were shared. We were honoured to have Maureen Sier, the Director of Interfaith Scotland, and her husband present.

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For many different reasons many regular attenders were unable to be present at the October Soul Space, but those who were there enjoyed good company, good food and a varied selection of thoughts on the theme of generosity.

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Back in our usual venue, our September meeting featured people describing coincidences in their lives and in stories from others including George McLeod whose quote “If you believe in coincidences you must lead very dull lives” summed up all the contributions.

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Plans for our August gathering to meet in the Butterfield’s garden were thwarted by the weather, but a good crowd enjoyed the view from the top of their tower, and then shared in some of the writings of St Francis of Assisi and other readings on environmental and interfaith peace discussions.

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In June we met for Soul Space, and reflections and readings under the headings of “What helps you make it through the night” or “The dark nigh of the soul” were contributed from Christian, Baha’i and Buddhist perspectives.

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We met in May for a Soul Space on “Service”.  As usual there was a great variety of contributions.

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The March Soul Space was on the theme of “Food.” Interestingly, two contributions were virtually identical!  A mindful way of eating a tangerine (from a  Buddhist) and a Harvest reflection featuring a piece of bread (from a Christian) were very similar.

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The committee has met again recently to continue the strategic review.  Further meetings are planned in the near future, and a report will be circulated on the conclusion of the review.

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Members met in Stirling in February for the first Soul Space of the year and reflected on the theme of “Light”.

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