The Peace Tent will host a full programme throughout the weekend, which will include panels, interviews and installations based on the festival theme of Home.

The Peace Tent is sponsored by a clutch of organisations inspired by faith, and motivated by the belief that everyone should have a hopeful, hospitable and safe place to call home. The Just Peace Partnership includes Church of Scotland, Place for Hope, Iona Community, The Corrymeela Community, Christian Aid, Progressive Christianity Network, and Wild Goose Resource Group.

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Peace Tent programme

This is not a refugee crisis

Refugee or asylum seeker, fleeing the worst or seeking better, welcomed or rejected. In conversation with Sally Foster-Fulton, Fraser Murray – Refugee and Policy Advocacy Advisor for Christian Aid – encourages us not to get sucked into a binary view of migration, where people are defined by labels. This session will focus on what it means to be without a safe place to call home.

At home with the Iona Community

A quiet session reflecting on different aspects of being at home using resources from the Iona Community and Wild Goose Publications. Led by Pat Bennett, Iona Community.

Roses and bruises

The church does not always have a positive profile when it comes to tackling gender-based violence. Christian Aid and the Church of Scotland present the work of Side by Side, a movement of faith leaders and agencies working to achieve gender justice. This session will use biblical dialogue to explore our fear of addressing gender-based violence and consider the characteristics of perpetrators.

The spirituality of conflict

Reading the Gospel through the lens of conflict, and our lives through the lens of the Gospel. An exploration of faith, scripture and conflict. Led by Ruth Harvey, Place for Hope.

No place like home

And if there’s no place like home, what enables people affected by homelessness to write a new story, and how do faith and charitable groups walk alongside them in their journey? We hear some lived responses from Ewan Aitken (Cyrenians), Russell Barr (FreshStart) and Richard Frazer (The Grassmarket Community Project), in discussion with Ben Macpherson MSP.

Seeking sanctuary

An interactive workshop introducing the difficult processes people must go through when seeking sanctuary in the UK. Using stories of real people and events, it enables participants to engage with the facts and empathise with those involved. Led by Pol Yates and Kate O’Brien, Iona Community.

Cycle ’48

Share the journey of three women who cycled to Palestine from the UK, and learn the stories of the people who were forced to leave their homes during the ‘Nakba’ of 1948; what clues are left now to their existence on the land, and where does this leave the families today who are not able to return to the place of their roots? Led by Ruth Cape, Progressive Christianity Network.

A Wild Goose ceilidh home companion

A song and storytelling ceilidh hosted by the Wild Goose Resource Group and friends. There may be a surprise guest or wee turn or two, perhaps including a contribution from you, if you’ve got a wee song or story. Or you may simply want to sing yer heart out in communal delight.

What makes for peace in the Middle East?

The Iona Community is a signatory to the Kairos Britain document ‘Time for action’ and has a long-standing commitment, through prayer, protest and active engagement to seeking peace and justice in Israel/Palestine. Join us for a discussion led by members of the Community of some of the issues involved. Led by Michael Martin, Leader of the Iona Community.

Fighting prayer

Prayer can still be a struggle. This session will explore some real prayers for real struggles, prayers that reflect our ambivalence and anxiety about prayer, and offer some tips on forms and structures for prayer that may be helpful for those who hope they can believe. Led by Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community.

Homing in on conflict

Conflict is normal – whether it’s a heated conversation around the kitchen table or a full-blown barney in the Oval Office. Either way, how do we have good conversations where we can disagree robustly and graciously? This session will introduce a variety of approaches to conflict, offering tools for transformation and exploring ways to respond. Led by Ruth Harvey, Place for Hope.

Making conversation

Are you interested in unlocking the potential and power of deeper conversation, and finding ways to talk more openly? Jo Love is, but advises not coming to this workshop if you believe there is nothing distinctive about face-to-face relationships, compared to more virtual or social-media encounters. Led by Jo Love, Wild Goose Resource Group.

A wee sing at home

Our songs give us a profound sense of place. They provide foundations on which we build our lives; walls that show others who we are; roofs that shelter, interiors that comfort; rooms in which we find belonging; doors and passages and staircases that help us move; windows that frame how we look out on the world. In their characteristic acapella, communal style, WGRG will be homing in on such songs we can share and sing together.

Just Peace liturgy

Friday evening liturgy: Evening worship in The Barn with the Peace Tent partners.

Saturday AM liturgy: Morning worship in the Peace Tent.

Saturday evening liturgy & vigil: Evening worship in The Barn. Followed by a vigil for The Occupied Territories of Palestine (on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration), consisting of times of silence, prayer, reflections and candle-lighting.


By A Thread

Gardner & Gardner

Throughout the festival, Glasgow-based visual artists Heidi Gardner and Peter Gardner will be in the Peace Tent making a new work. By a Thread will explore the fragility of peace and the significance of the ties that bind us together. Over two decades, Gardner & Gardner have developed their practice in temporary, site-specific installation, using everyday materials and found objects. Much of their work has been created in churches, including a longer, three year interactive engagement in Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, entitled Peacemakers.

A Safe Place to Call Home

Christian Aid

Over 2.5 million refugees are currently living in Lebanon, forced from their own countries by conflict. Using the latest 3D film technology, you’ll witness personal reflections on what home really means to those who can no longer have one.

A Home Needs A Loo

Progressive Christianity Network

Going to the loo may not be the highlight of your Solas weekend, but one in three of us across the world still have no safe toilet at all. Children and adults: come to the Peace Tent to play a game and find out just why every home needs a loo.