The Wild Goose, thin places, anamchara…
I am definitely beginning to develop an interest in Celtic Christianity.
While I was at The Wild Goose Festival I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Kenneth McIntosh. He is an engaging person and the author of Water From an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life. Click on the image below and you can get ordering information for the book.
Kenneth gave me a copy of this book to take home with me and I must admit that it couldn’t have come into my hands at a better time in my life. There I was…at a festival named after the Celtic symbol for the Holy Spirit, among the trees and fields of God’s natural cathedral, practicing hospitality and community, experiencing the “thin place” that was Shakori Hills for me during the four days of the festival. Thank you, Cathleen Falsani, for the time you took to tell us the meaning of anamchara, the Celtic word meaning “soul friend”. How fitting that Kenneth’s book is published by Anamchara Books.
If some of these words and symbols are new to you (as they were to me), get yourself a copy of Kenneth’s book and come to Wild Goose next year and experience the wonder, the mystery, the koinonia.
I am a Presbyterian minister, so the Celtic Cross has a rather special meaning for me and a special place in my life. But the symbol of the Celtic Cross goes back in time much further than John Knox and the Scottish Reformation. It goes back to the days of St. Patrick, St. Brigid, St. Columba, St. Cuthbert, and even draws from the traditions of the desert Ammas and Abbas of Egypt. It is a symbol rich, deeply wealthy in meaning and tradition.
And I am becoming more and more fascinated by it.
This is my third post in a series about the 10 most important things I experienced at the Wild Goose Festival.
The number 3 is a very special number in Celtic Christianity, a tradition that is heavily ensconced in Trinitarian thought and practice.
There are 7 more posts to go, 7 posts to write and share with you over the next week.
7 is another special number…it’s divine.
Take my advice…follow the Goose, wherever she leads you.
I’ll meet you there.