Saturday 21st March – a Northumbrian Retreat
In his recent book on Liberton Kirk, Richard Purden reminds us of the often forgotten journey that the Christan Gospel took on its way to Liberton. It was first brought by Ninian to Whithorn, than borne by Patrick, one of his disciples, to Ireland, brought back by Columba to Iona, and from there, by his disciples, to the Isle of Lindisfarne in Northumbria, where eventually Oswald, the local King, responded and was baptised.
As part of our bi-centennial celebrations we plan to draw once again on the Northumbrian spirituality which first brought our faith to us. To this end we are planning a pilgrimage down the old ‘St Cuthberts Way’ to Lindisfarne. But, in preparation for this, and also for those who cannot make this trip, we are inviting Northumbria to Liberton.
A quick look around at the spiritual health of our city might encourage the view that it’s time for Edinburgh to re-discover the way of Jesus. Here at Liberton we hope this retreat will give us the opportunity to spend time together, re-focussing our faith and re-discovering our mission. Everyone is welcome, so please come and join us**.
“Stand at the crossroads and look,
ask for the ancient paths.
Ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
(From the Oswald Declaration)
*For more details of Roy and the Northumbria Community – see www.northumbriacommunity.org
**(There are sign-up sheets at the Welcome Desks or you can contact me on 664 3067; LLLJyoung@btinternet.com)