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Meditations in Nature – Interfaith Shared Meal

Snapshots of the Interfaith Glasgow shared meal
Snapshots from the first Southside Interfaith Meal

We were delighted to host Interfaith Glasgow‘s first in a series of Southside Interfaith meals last night, part of National Inter Faith Week celebrations. The Hidden Gardens Men’s Cultural Cookery group kindly volunteered their time to cater for the event, cooking a delicious vegetarian feast including: mint tea (harvested from the Gardens); pea and potato pakora served with coconut chutney; spinach and chickpea curry with raita and couscous with roast cherry tomatoes, and finally Moroccan rice pudding with fruit salad. The good food was accompanied by good conversation, and guests shared their thoughts of the evening on coloured leaves. These leaves will be collected after every meal and shared on a tree following the culmination of the meals later in 2015.

Interfaith Glasgow shared this message on their Facebook page:

Last night the Hidden Gardens hosted the first in our series of interfaith community meals. The aim of these meals is to bring together people from different religious communities in the South East of Glasgow to share good food and good conversation in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Last night’s guests included members of the Muslim (Sunni and Shia), Baha’i, Christian, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. Delicious food was prepared by the Hidden Gardens’ cooking group and presented in an ambient setting conducive to dialogue on the theme of faith and nature. One guest wrote: “It is a fantastic event, I enjoyed the discussion at my table. … [F]aith should bring people together rather than separate them”. Our thanks go to The South East Integration Network (for funding this community meals project), the Hidden Gardens, and all the attendees for making last night so special.

The menu from the shared meal on Wednesday 26th November
The menu from the shared meal on Wednesday 26th November

Journeys of Faith

Strokkur Geyser
Strokkur Geyser

I recently had the good fortune to visit Iceland for one day, en route to America for a holiday with my partner. It’s a stunningly beautiful landscape.

Strokkur Geiser Iceland crop

I wanted to share some pictures of Iceland (although they don’t really do it justice!!). It’s really worth a visit! In the short period of time we spent there, we saw the most diverse landscape. It is literally living and breathing.

Thingvellir National Park Iceland crop

We had just experienced a close family bereavement and found this wild and unpredictable landscape of Iceland very emotive. It reminded me that the endpoint is not nearly as important as the journey itself, and if one thing in life is constant, for us and for the land, it’s the inescapable notion of change and renewal.

Action shot from a bus tour!
Action shot from a bus tour!

In Reykjavik airport, this poem is inscribed on the wall:

petur gunnarsson poem

‘on earth’s part
all days start beautifully
patiently it revolves and revolves
with its trees
and oceans and lakes
deserts and volcanoes
the two of us and the rest of you
and all the animals’

Petur Gunnarsson