If there had been a poll at the conversation on 'A Good Society' in Edinburgh recently, there is no doubt that notions such as equality, justice, hospitality, empathy, sharing and neighbourliness would have been at the heart of people's answers. Simon Barrow listens in on a passionate exchange between people of faith and practical concern.
There is an extraordinary elliptical quality to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, which has elevated the human spirit in both religious and non-religious terms over the centuries, says Simon Barrow, introducing a series of performances of the Cello Suites at Just Festival 2013.
Sacred Earth offers a singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and humanity - one that is under pressure or even threat in many parts of the globe at the moment. Welcoming the artistic production, Simon Barrow looks at the philosophy, art and indeed theology that may underpin a respect for the world and the relations embodied in it.
People in the Edinburgh area should look out for a unique opportunity to taste a process which gives a creative say about Scotland's future next Tuesday, 20th August, in the Thinking Together event put on jointly by So Say Scotland, Just Festival and the Quakers in Scotland.
In recent years, practitioners engaged in the fields of mediation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding have begun to explore the role arts can play in helping communities to move from protracted conflict to just and sustainable peace. Theodora Hawksley reports on a significant research project in the area revolving around the potential and actual role of religion.
On 11th September 1973, General Pinochet seized power in a vicious coup that led to the death of democratically elected President Salvadore Allende and resulted in the death and torture of many thousands of people. This is the 'other 9/11', points out Anna Schwoub, previewing the powerful and moving play Tejas Verdes.
What is the relationship between arts in the broadest sense, and change in the broadest sense (social, personal, cultural, political and economic)? Simon Barrow reports on a transformative conversation between practitioners and participants.
On Tuesday 13 August, Thania Acaron will respond in dance to Pacheco's 'Memoria Roubada', followed by a discussion which will be led by Jolyon Mitchell, Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion, University of Edinburgh and co-ordinator of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues.
Bigotry, suspicion and sectarianism - how do they emerge in human relationships and in history? Anna Schwoub introduces a trio of plays at Just Festival 2013 that help to answer those questions, showing how history often resonates painfully in the insecurities of the present.
It has often been said that there ought to be no such thing as an 'illegal' human being. Yet this language is used frequently and potently in relation to migration. Simon Barrow previews a film that looks at the issue from a human and historical point of view.
Twenty years ago, many public commentators believed that religion was dead, or at least 'on the way out'. How wrong that proved. Simon Barrow looks at how the conversation about faith is deepening and broadening in the face of growing religious and non-religious diversity.
Abortion. The subject is chronically divisive, splitting countries, social groups, religious bodies and households alike. A new play, 'Sanctuary', takes a very human look at the issues, bound up in a two-handed performance about the fragility of relationship and the agony of decision. Anna Schwoub reports and profiles one of the key performance pieces at the 2013 Just Festival.