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Tue, May 31, 2016
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 27 secs
Mayfield Salisbury is delighted to welcome the Revd Canon Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, to explore the theme of Religion as Poetry.
Sun, May 29, 2016
Duration: 19 mins 48 secs
Mayfield Salisbury is delighted to welcome the Revd Canon Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Sun, May 18, 2014
Duration: 14 mins 45 secs
Preached by Revd Dr YoungSang Ro, President Honam Theological University & Seminary. No audio download this week.
Sun, Oct 07, 2012
Speakers : Dr Julian Baggini and Professor David Fergusson, chaired by Allan Little, BBC Correspondent. Julian Baggini is a philosopher and author. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines and is editor-in-chief and co-founder of The Philosopher’s Magazine. He has written several books on philosophy written for the general reader including Atheism : A Very Short Introduction. For further information on the speaker, see David Fergusson is Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College, University pf Edinburgh and a former Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of Aberdeen. His research interests include issues in Christian doctrine and theological ethics. From 2010-2012 he is principal investigator for the AHRC/ESRC funded-project on Christianity, Psychotherapy and Spirituality in Scotland. He is a minister in the Church of Scotland. For further information on the speaker, see
Wed, Oct 03, 2012
Speaker: Professor Wilson Poon Wilson Poon is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a member of the Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He is a regular book reviewer for the journal Theology. For further information on the speaker, see
Wed, Sep 26, 2012
Speaker: Emeritus Professor Douglas Blackwood Douglas Blackwood is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatric Genetics and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Edinburgh with long standing interest in how genes contribute to mental illnesses. He believes new genetic discoveries and insights widen the context within which to consider the nature of spirituality, its relation to religion and its importance in psychiatry. For further information on the speaker, see
Wed, Sep 19, 2012
Speaker: Professor Keith Ward Keith Ward is a philosopher, theologian and author. He is a former Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University, a Fellow of the British Academy and an ordained priest of the Church of England. Two of his main interests are comparative theology and the interplay between science and faith. As an advocate of theistic evolution, he regards them as essentially compatible, a belief he has described in his book God, Chance and Necessity. He has criticized modern day Christian fundamentalism, most notably in his book What the Bible Really Teaches: A Challenge for Fundamentalists. For further information on the speaker, see
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Service of Induction for the
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

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A service of induction for the Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth has been arranged to take place on Sunday 17th January at 4.00pm. Due to the current lockdown restrictions, the service will be online only.   

Futher update on Dr Forsyth’s induction:The service will be hosted entirely on Zoom.  We are asked by Edinburgh Presbytery to register in advance, which can be done by clicking this link HERE.   We appreciate that not everyone will have used Zoom, but perhaps others in your family, or neighbours, have done so.  But if anyone would like any assistance in setting up the link, do let Charles Garland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or William Mearns (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know.  If you would like to watch the service, it may be worth signing up now and then you will be ready for this important event a week on Sunday. 

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  • Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

  • Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
    Thomas Norris

  • Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    David Bosch

  • There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
    'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society

  • These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
    'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot

  • According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.

  • Myth is a story about the way things never were, but always are.
    Thomas Mann

  • In the darkness ...The child of your love - and now become as the most hated one - the one You have thrown away as unwanted - unloved ..... The darkness is so dark .... I have no faith.
    Mother Teresa

  • I love the Bible. I owe my faith and my life to the Bible and its liberating message. It is in the Bible that I first met Jesus ... I too am included in God's embrace.
    Gene Robinson

  • It is this great absence that is like a presence, that compels me to address it without hope of a reply ....
    R.S. Thomas

  • Faith is not a proud self-consistent philosophy. It involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis. It is therefore a living response to the grace of God as revealed in fragile lives.
    Mark Oakley

  • Any religion which does not say that God is hidden is not true.
    Blaise Pascal

  • The contemporary Church is losing aspects of its wide and generous memory and therefore condemning itself to become a 'swimming pool Church' - one that has all the noise coming from the shallow end.
    Mark Oakley

  • For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
    Mark Oakley

  • The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
    St Gregory of Nyssa

  • Death, death be hanged, the Lord has promised me that I shall live. This I believe!
    Martin Luther

  • We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.

  • Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
    Soren Kirkegaard

  • What is the point of the arts of reading and criticism as long as the ecclesiastical interpretation of the Bible, Protestant as well as Catholic, is cultivated as ever?
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A figure like Ecclesiast, rugged and luminous, chants in the dark a text that is the answer, although obscure.
    Wallace Stevens

  • Myth is the poetry of the soul.
    Sara Maitland

  • Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report ...
    Sara Maitland

  • In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
    Douglas Hofstadter

  • 'God' is a one word poem
    Rowan Williams

  • What is today? Today is eternity.
    Meister Eckhart

  • Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
    Meister Eckhart

  • The most powerful hunger we have, mostly suppressed and misdirected, is the hunger for God.
    Miroslav Volf

  • We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
    Thomas a Kempis

  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • God is the beyond in our midst.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
    Herbert McCabe