What does it mean to be the church in the cities of the 21st century? This question brought together a group from across Europe and North America to embark on the “Celtic Trail” – seeking to learn lessons from the Celtic Christian movement of the 5th and 6th centuries.
On Saturday 2 July the Trail began at Dunadd, ancient capital of Dalriada, and travelled via Kilmartin and Brendan’s Seat at Duachy to Kilbrandon Church for a presentation by Robert Rae on Celtic Christianity in general and the role played by the Isle of Seil in particular.
A joint Kilbrandon-Kilchattan service welcomed the visitors on Sunday 3 July and struck distinctly Celtic notes in the music and singing, in a mime depicting scenes from the monastery of St Cattan, and in a sermon suggesting that the Celtic emphasis on community and hospitality might be on-message for today.
A pot luck lunch was enjoyed by all, with many spilling out of the church to enjoy eating al fresco in glorious summer sunshine. A concluding discussion found both hosts and visitors convinced that there remains much to be done with the heritage of the early Celtic Christian movement.