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The 2007 Middle East Festival Lecture with Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier PictureTitle: ‘Spirituality and the Civilisation of Love.’
Welcome by Councillor Rev Ewan Aitken, Council Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council.
Chair: Rev Prof Frank Whaling.
Hosts: Jointly hosted by The Middle East Festival, L’Arche, Faith and Light and The City of Edinburgh Council.
Venue: Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh.
Date: Thursday 1 March 2007.
Time: 7pm-9.30pm. Doors open at 6pm.
Cost: £9/£7 (Concessions).
Contact: Usher Hall Box Office, 0131 228 1155, or online at

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Rabbi David Rosen to give Time for Reflection at the Scottish Parliament

The Presiding Officer has invited Rabbi David Rosen to lead the Scottish Parliament in its weekly Time for Reflection.  Time for Reflection normally takes place each week as the first item of business in the Parliament and consists of either a reading or prayer from an appropriate text or a short narrative relating to personal experience or current affairs. Rabbi Rosen's contribution will take place at 10.00 am on Wednesday 7 March.

Rabbi David Rosen is visiting Edinburgh at the invitation of the Middle East Festival.

See: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/officialReports/meetingsParliament/or-07/sor0307-02.htm#Col32775

Two-Day International Conference: Spirituality and Community

Chief Rabbi david RosenVenue: University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre, 1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh.
Date: Wednesday 7 March - Thursday 8 March 2007.
Time: 9.30am-10am: Registration. 10am-5.30pm: Conference Day.
Cost: £20/£15 (Concessions) per day, £40/£30 (Concessions) for both days.
For a Registration Form and for further information see: http://www.eicws.org/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,39/Itemid,29/

Contact: Neill Walker,
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The 4th Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace

MESP 2007 Front Page ImageFestival Schedule, Brochure, Poster and Registration Forms

The Festival Schedule, Brochure, Poster and Registration Forms for the 2007 Middle East Festival are available for downloading in the Downloads section of this website under MESP 2007. The Festival Schedule can also be viewed through the Events Calendar.

MESP 2004-2006 Festival Archive

MESP 2004-2006 Archive (articles, press releases, sound files) can be accessed through the link in the Links/Resources section of this website.

Festival Introduction and Welcome

From Wednesday 7 February – Sunday 11 March 2007 the 4th Annual Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace will bring together people from a wide range of spiritual backgrounds, educators, teachers and scholars, people from artistic and cultural backgrounds, people from diverse cultures and traditions, and people from across Scotland and internationally. More generally, all of the principal faith and spiritual traditions of Scotland have been invited to participate in this spiritual, educational, artistic and cultural, and international festival which celebrates peace and mutual understanding. The Festival is jointly organized by the Edinburgh International Centre for World Spiritualities, EICWS, and the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning, EIAL.

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