Does God Wear a Kilt?
Some years ago I met Tim Firth – who used to be a Catholic theologian: one of the Vicars General of Cardinal Basil Hume, the Archbishop of Westminster.
In the delicious way a life dedicated to Druidry creates extraordinary opportunities, my meeting with Tim was organized because he wanted to create a ceremony with some Druid input beneath a majestic oak that graces his garden in Sussex.
When we met I pounced on him with all those questions I’d stored up about what I found so strange about Christianity and in particular Catholicism. Instead of being given stock answers I discovered that Tim was as open and as questioning as I was. He had stopped being a priest, had married and was now involved with Interfaith work. He belongs to a number of inclusive spiritual networks such as Greenspirit and the Wrekin Forum and is a co-founder of Renewal Arts, an international fellowship which believes that the arts are catalysts for spiritual change.
Over the years we’ve annually held open, inclusive ceremonies at his oak, letting go of labels that try to indicate our beliefs, finding that meeting around a beautiful old tree beside a stream provides all the definition we need.
And now Tim’s book is available: it’s called God’s Favourite Colour is Tartan, and you can read about it on his website here.
I’ve just heard of Tim’s passing last week – will you be at the funeral? We were friends when he was at Allen Hall and through the early days of Catholic Ecumenism, and recently fought up for an annual lunch