Media Release: Festival of meditation and prayer at Edinburgh church

A FESTIVAL of meditation and prayer has been organised by an Edinburgh church to encourage the community to explore their spiritual lives.

A programme of music, lectures, workshops and worship will run from 3-26 September at Mayfield Salisbury Church and is open to all.

Says a spokesperson: “The festival draws on visiting musicians, preachers and speakers who bring with them the richness of the Episcopalian, Reformed, Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions.

“Focusing on themes including children’s spirituality, opera and faith, icons and visual theology, the festival will create experiences in meditation and prayer involving all the senses.

“Throughout the month, there will be opportunities to sit in the sanctuary of the church in silence and in contemplative prayer.”

Event organiser, Reverend Scott McKenna, said: “The culture of our times is full of uncertainties. We lead lives that are too busy.

“Many of us feel the need to acquire an understanding of how we can address the changes all around us. Many of us acknowledge that something is missing in our lives.

“This festival creates space for people of all faiths, and those still searching, to reflect on how to reconnect with their spiritual side and we look forward to welcoming all those with an interest in taking time out from their everyday lives.”

The Festival opens on Friday 3 September with a musical event, ‘Meditation through Music’, involving distinguished musicians – Chloe Young (clarsach), John Wilmmett (organ), and Hector Scott (violin) – and the voices of Jubilo with Walter Thomson.

Other highlights of the Festival are ‘Godly Play’ with Eilie Blackwood, the launch of a publication on the significance of Mayfield’s stained glass windows, and a workshop looking at the sometimes surprising links between opera and Christianity.

Events are free with the exception of a pilgrimage to Dunkeld Cathedral.

Full details of all the events in the Festival of Meditation and Prayer are available from the church office on 0131 667 1522 or on the church website


Notes to news desks:

For more information please contact Reverend Scott McKenna on 0131 667 1286 or email

24 August 2010.

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