Prophecy as Sat Nav

Columba head and shoulders and word balloon against green wall

Columbafest 2018: Dreams and Visions … the Full Programme is now available.

To whet your appetite, here’s a wee riff on prophecy …

Imagine if your SatNav had a ‘prophet’ setting:

“Turn back. Turn back now before it is too late.”

“At the next junction, repent for your sins.”

“In a quarter mile expect a reckoning.”

“Turn right when you see the writing on the wall.”

“Recalculating route as you have gone astray”

“Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it – do not execute U-Turn.”

“Exit whale when safe to do so.”

“Bear left for the next 1000 years.”

“There is much weeping and gnashing of teeth, you must have arrived at your destination.”

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. That one. Just back there. Oh. You must have just missed it. Sorry.”

“Downloading paradigm shift in theological understanding. This might take some time.”

“Would you like to go the fastest route or would you prefer an enlightening detour?”

“This end is nigh. Of your journey that is. Actual end, not currently nigh.”

“For I know the route I have planned for you, declare I your satellite navigation system, routes with the fastest journey times and not the slowest, routes that take you to nearby food and leisure facilities with adequate parking.”

James Cathcart


What does an ancient Biblical prophet, a medieval saint, a renaissance artist, a 19th century poet or a 20th century spy have to say about Brexit? Or big data? Or #MeToo? Or climate change? Or the plight of internally displaced people and refugees? Or about your local community? Your workplace? Join the conversation with us at ColumbaFest 2018, in Glasgow June 8-10 as we wrestle with all this and more.

In turbulent, uncertain times prophets speak from the margins – starling and invigorating public debate. Prophetic voices from the fringes challenge convention, complacency and insularity.

At Columbafest 2018: Dreams and Visions, we will be looking to the past and the future, to better acquaint ourselves with the present. Through workshops, discussion, poetry and song we hope to get better at finding and listening to prophets and perhaps even discover our own prophetic voice.

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