Tales of Transition


with Ruth Scott

We’re thrilled to be welcoming back Ruth Scott, this time to lead us over a weekend linking biblical stories of transition into experiences in the present, and exploring that territory through word, image, music and silence. Ruth says:

It is a fallacy that people fear change. We live with change most of the time and either notice little of it or accept it happily because it is positive. It is loss not change that we fear, and most significant transitions in our life are about facing and working through the loss experienced. From the expulsion from the Garden of Eden to the end-times imagined in the Book of Revelation the Bible is full of tales of transition and how human beings struggle to navigate the difficult losses that are part of life. Drawing on some of these stories, on music, poetry and art, and held in the silences that undergird retreats, I will explore the human dynamics at work in times of transition and how our rich scriptural tradition can shed light on how we may come through times of transition with greater resilience, self-understanding, and faith.

Arrive: Friday 28th between 4.00 and 5.30pm
Depart: Sunday 30th after lunch

About Ruth Scott


Ruth is a facilitator, mediator and broadcaster.  She works primarily in the field of conflict transformation. Her third book, Give a Boy a Gun, written with its subject, Alistair Little, a Loyalist ex-paramilitary, explores the factors drawing a person into violence, and from violence into peace-building. She continues to work with different groups dealing with the legacy of violent conflict in Northern Ireland.

She runs a workshop, Women together, standing tall for survivors of sexual violence, most recently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Egypt. As a Churchill Fellow, Ruth spent six weeks in 2009 in Israel and the West Bank researching transformative friendships across conflict divides.

She is on the Design and Facilitator Teams running a current series of Regional Shared Conversations across the Church of England around issues of human sexuality.

She presented Pause for Thought on Radio 2’s Wake up to Wogan show for 15 years and continues with his successor, Chris Evans. She has a regular book review slot on Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday. She has written material for BBC Radios 2, 4 and World Service for many years, including drama.

Her fourth, and most recent book is called, The Power of Imperfection.

She was among the first women ordained as priests in the Church of England in 1994. She became a member of the Quakers in 2014. She loves swimming, cycling, going to the theatre, reading and listening to the radio. She is married to Chris and has two children, Freya and Tian. In her spare time she eats fire.

There is a fixed price for events on our Open Programme and accommodation is available on a first come first served basis. The College has 4 single rooms with shared bathroom facilities, 4 twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities, 2 double rooms with shared bathroom facilities, 1 family room (double & single) with shared bathroom facilities, 2 en-suite twin rooms, 2 en-suite double rooms and 1 en-suite family room (1 double & 2 singles). Please select the type of accommodation that best meets your needs. Double or twin rooms may be used for single occupancy where needed.

This retreat is offered both residential and non-residential

£220 full board or £100 non-residential (lunch and dinner included)

Friends’ Bursary Scheme
We do not want cost to prevent anyone from attending an event at The College of The Holy Spirit. Please see here for details of a bursary scheme run by the Friends of the Cathedral of The Isles.