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 has been an incredibly exciting time at Mayfield Salisbury. In March, we celebrated the publication of our new 70 page booklet on science and religion, written by scientists in the congregation and which is now available free of charge. In May, we welcomed Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, as our keynote speaker for a weekend of ‘Religion as Poetry’. Throughout September, as part of our Festival of Faiths, we welcomed speakers from Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddism, Judaism and the Bahai’i Faith. Together, we learned what it means to be seekers after truth, pilgrims on a faith journey, travelling along similar but different paths into the Divine. At the beginning of October, we held a congregational conference, ‘An Open Conversation’, in which we engaged the whole congregation in discussion about the shape of ministry and mission at Mayfield Salisbury. There’s a lot going on: you’re very welcome here.
Scott S McKenna
Follow the Minister on TWITTER
Mayfield Salisbury is an associate member of Edinburgh Interfaith Association.