The second event on our opening night promises to bring laughter and thought-provoking insights.
Dr Richard Frazer (known to many in this area where he was a popular minister before taking up his present position) is the minister at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh. He founded and chairs the Grassmarket Community Project, which helps the most vulnerable.
On the 25th anniversary of his ordination at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, his congregation gave him money and a guidebook to the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route. The completion of this pilgrimage had been a long-time dream of Richard’s as he firmly believes that such a journey, taken with an ‘open and hospitable heart’ can provide spiritual renewal and transformation. ‘I learned so much when I was walking by meeting strangers coming together in the search for spiritual depth.’
Six years later, his book Travels with a Stick, is an absorbing account of this journey. Richard has also been influential in opening up pilgrim routes in Scotland, most notably the Forth to Farne Way which travels from North Berwick to Lindisfarne.
In this time of Covid 19, being confined to our homes with limited access to the great outdoors, Richard Frazer reminds us of how essential, and healing, being outside and amongst nature is.
Olga Wojtas, a favourite guest of BOOKMARK, walked the Santiago Way last year and will Chair this session with her winning combination of a lightness of touch with acute observation.
Besides reading Richard’s book, the 2010 movie The Way, starring Martin Sheen as a grieving father who undertakes the Santiago pilgrimage, is worth watching. Available on YouTube
All books recommended on our website can be ordered and delivered from Waterstones.com
Website: Richard Frazer