At its root, faith is an exploration of the inner life. The most important journey which we make in life is the inner journey. The Sacred can be encountered in numerous ways: within the rich traditions of Christianity; along the spiritual paths of other world faiths; in the nourishment given to the soul through music, art, and poetry, and, in and through the world of nature, its beauty and diversity.
God is the Absolute, the Most Real, our Eternal Lover. The word ‘God’ can be unhelpful because it implies an external, supernatural ‘being’ when, we believe, the Transcendent is present in and through the material world. Within Christian spirituality, the practice of silence and stillness help us to be present to the Presence. In our weekly diets of public worship, through word, song, and periods of quiet, we seek to open ourselves to the Eternal.
This year, Mayfield Salisbury looks forward to a number of highlights. These include a special service in March celebrating the publication of our new 60 page booklet on science and religion, which will be available to churches free of charge. In May, with invited speakers, we have a weekend of workshops on ‘Religion as Poetry’ and in September we will be holding our annual festival. Our festival this year, ‘A Festival of Faiths’, will include speakers from the Islamic, Buddhist, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu communities in Edinburgh.
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Scott S McKenna
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Mayfield Salisbury is an associate member of Edinburgh Interfaith Association.