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The Scottish Ecumenical Gathering is a grass roots church celebration for people from within the Action of Churches Together in Scotland family and beyond. It will be an open access event which will provide opportunities for young and old alike to celebrate the ˜Seeds of Hope visible in our communities and the world today as Christian people worship, work and witness to God s Kingdom.  

The day will comprise three main elements: a speaker programme, workshop programme and marketstall area.  

The planning group is delighted that they have been able to attract a wide variety of speakers who include: Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance ( ˜Seeds of Hope ), Cardinal Keith Patrick O Brien ( ˜Ecumenical Futures ), Kathleen Marshall, Scotland s Children s Commissioner (Hope in the Future: Church, Children and Society), John Drane (God, hope and the future of the church) and a conversation panel on the subject of ˜Living in Hope which will involve Richard Holloway (Scottish Arts Council), Kathy Galloway (Iona Community) and Andrew McLellan (Inspector of Prisons).  

Thirty two workshops, run by ecumenical bodies and groups from across Scotland will further explore the theme of hope in the church and the world and the event will also incorporate the annual meeting of the Scottish Churches Community Trust and the Scottish Churches Racial Justice Conference. Over 80 marketstalls will enable participants to discover more about the work of national agencies and local projects as they discern ˜seeds of hope in their communities. There will also be a crèche for pre-school children and activity sessions for 5-12 year olds.  

Tickets for the day will cost £5 for an adult and £10 for a family of two adults and up to four children. A free park and ride service will operate to and from the park and ride car parks on the edge of Perth and the bus and train stations.  

For further information contact Lindsey Sanderson, ACTS, Inglewood House, Alloa. FK10 2HU Tel. 01529 222361 e-mail: lindseysanderson@acts-scotland.org or visit www.acts-scotland.org  

ENDS  

Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org
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