The Rev Jim Cotter died early in Holy Week. Jim was known to many thousands of people through his books, articles, personal struggles, ministry, public speaking and spiritual direction over the years. Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow remembers him with gratitude, highlighting the connection between his life and that of one of his spiritual and wordsmithing mentors, the great Welsh poet R. S. Thomas.
Bernadette Meaden read Thomas Berry's book as the UK faced severe weather events. Media coverage of flooded homes, storm-lashed coasts, and crippled transport infrastructure were a vivid illustration of the growing challenge of climate change, and the urgent need for us to work with nature, rather than fight a losing battle against it. So it seems increasingly important that Berry's important message is understood and embraced.
An award for newer arts journalists with an Edinburgh connection and an international outlook has been established in memory of a writer who was a passionate campaigner for human rights, a lifelong promoter of world music, and had strong connections with Latin America.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year and in 2014 the occasion will be marked in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, by a showing of 'Holocaust, A Music Memorial Film From Auschwitz' at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre.
The arrival of Ann Pettifor's latest book, 'Just Money: How society can break the despotic power of finance' is an important publishing moment, says Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow. It unmasks the false ideologies of austerity and neoliberalism.
The Taize ecumenical community based in France, which has an emphasis on youth and historic Christian spirituality in a changing world, will be holding one of its European weekends in Edinburgh from 15-17 March 2014.