Religious Founders Series
Lunchtimes at Lauriston
Thursday’s May 12th to June 23rd - 1.30 p.m
From May 12th until June 23rd we held a series of lunchtime talks looking at the lives and influence of a number of religious founders, people who played a special role in the development of some of the major world faiths.
A simple lunch of bread and soup was followed by one hour of input and discussion.
Thursday 12th May JUDAISM
Rabbi David Rose, Rabbi of the Edinburgh Synagogue, spoke about the shaping of Judaism.
Thursday 19th May ISLAM
Prof Hugh Goddard,Director of Edinburgh University’s Centre for the Study of Islam, introduced us to the prophet Mohammed.
Thursday 26th May CHRISTIANITY
Fr Jim Crampsey SJ, parish priest of the Sacred Heart Church, looked at some of the people and events from the early Christian church which were central to the shaping and development of Christianity.
Thursday 9th June BUDDHISM
Fr Dominic Ind, Episcopalian priest and co-director of the Scottish Centre for Interfaith and Spirituality, introduced us to the life of Siddhartha, and described how Buddhism came to spread so widely.
Thursday 16th June HINDUISM
Sr Isabel Smyth SND, co-director of the Scottish Centre for Interfaith and Spirituality, spke about Lord Krishna, one of the many figures who feature in the ancient religion of Hinduism.
Thursday 23rd June SIKHISM & BAHA’I
Trishna Singh from the Sikh Sanjog in Edinburgh gave us an introduction to Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.
Fionn Tynan-O’Mahony from the Edinburgh Baha’i Community rounded off the series by looking at the life of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha’i faith.