Easter reflection: bayonets and green blades

By Press Office
April 18, 2014

Two friends of Ekklesia will be appearing on BBC Radio Scotland at 8.05am on Easter Sunday morning (20 April 2014), in a programme intriguingly entitled 'Bayonets and Green Blades'.

In this year of commemorations, the Revs Sigrid Marten and Duncan MacLaren, a Church of Scotland minister and an Episcopal priest respectively, explore the spiritual resources arising from the horror, bloodshed and loss of the First World War.

In a half hour programme, they visit the island of Inchcolm in the Firth of Forth, with its curious juxtaposition of war fortifications and a medieval Abbey.

Sigrid, whose husband is Ekklesia associate and Stirling University academic Michael Marten, is a parish minister in Balfron (http://www.balfronchurch.org.uk) and Fintry (www.fintrykirk.btck.co.uk), a prominent figure in the Kirk, and a member of the Iona Community (http://iona.org.uk) -- which is known the world over for its commitment to justice and peace on the one hand, and the renewal of common life and worship on the other.

Duncan (http://thewaywelive.org) is trained in psychodynamic theory, theology and spiritual direction. Formerly rector of St James, Leith, he runs Top Storey Media (http://www.topstoreymedia.com), which specialises in narrative communication through short films, scripts and material for online and print outlets. Twitter @duncanmaclaren

* The programme will be available on the web for a period after broadcast this weekend. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0418n43

* Easter reflections from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/Easter

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