If the Solas weekend programme is as good as we think it it, our senses and sensibilities may well approach overload…in a good way. Soul Space is a distinct part of the festival, creating opportunities for reflection, discussion, prayer and contemplation.
Drawing mostly (but not exclusively) on the broad Christian tradition, Soul Space will offer entirely optional ways of integrating spirituality into the whole Solas experience.
Soul Space Chapel
The Chapel is a curated art and prayer space for the whole festival.
Ros Borland: The Enneagram
The Enneagram i based on an ancient Sufi tradition, and can be used to help us recognise and acknowledge our areas of giftedness and limitation. By enabling us to appreciate more fully the ways we differ as individuals, it can also help us find ways of relating to one another with greater understanding and compassion.
Ros Borland has a background in TV and film, both as an executive and independent producer. Amongst other successes, she co-produced Academy Award-winning film The Last King of Scotland. Ros has been a student of the Enneagram for many years and has taught courses with Ali Newell at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow. She is now a screenwriter and uses the Enneagram for character development.
Holy City worship
Holy City is a monthly workshop and worship event for curious folk and faithful doubters concerned with the contemporary challenges for progressive Christianity. It is organised by the Wild Goose Resource Group and a motley crew of Glaswegian citizens. The Holy City team will be with us for some late-night worship sessions.
Sunday Morning Communion with the Mosaic Christian Community
Mosaic meets in a community centre in the West End of Glasgow, and places a firm emphasis on ‘intentionally being in community’ – forging strong relationships based around the life of Jesus. Mosaic draws worship styles from across the ages of Christian witness, from psalm singing and ancient chants to contemporary forms of praise.
Quakers believe that there is something of God in everyone; that God will speak to us if we wait in stillness; that experience of the divine is not dependent on external rituals or symbols, and that spirituality is about the whole of life. Meetings are open to all.
Elaine Robertson: Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness is a variation on meditation and has been most heavily influenced by Buddhism, although it has similarities with meditation practices in many other traditions. Unlike some forms of meditation which encourage attempts to either stop thinking or to visualize a particular scenario, Mindfulness involves bringing your complete attention to the present moment, purposefully but also non-judgmentally.
At Solas we’d like to give you the opportunity to experience a little of what Mindfulness involves and to try it out some of the techniques for yourself. The exact content of the sessions will vary depending on the knowledge and experience of those attending and will involve a slightly different meditation each day. You don’t need to bring anything special with you but you will need to be comfortable staying in the same position for this length of the meditations.