Along the way, with the Coat of Hopes

Feb 7, 2024

The Coat of Hopes is walking again…

Anyone and everyone is invited to join it along its path. It offers a powerful and beautiful opportunity for personal pilgrimage and non-oppositional activism, opening a quiet conversation with people across the country about their griefs, hopes, prayers and remembrances for the land they call home, in the face of climate and ecological breakdown.

The Coat is resting now. It will start walking again on Sunday, February 18th from Newcastle Cathedral, heading down to Darlington, and then gradually on to York for Easter tide.

You can find details of routes and dates, and read some of the stories of the Coat here.

If you would like to walk with the Coat of Hopes for a mile a day or a week, email here.

I joined it in the Scottish Borders and walked and wore and sang it down along the Tweed into many little villages. The Coat warmed a man whose wife had died, as he wore it through the garden she had planted; it danced and played with some fishermen, and whispered softly to women stitching in a library; It embraced a woman not long home from surgery and listened to the wind and the seals as it walked across the sands to Lindisfarne, the Holy Isle. It narrowly missed a dunking in the river as we slipped and slid along the wetter, steeper parts of the trail, helping each other along with word and hand and a stout walking stick.

Walking with the Coat of Hopes is a profound act of pilgrimage: An inner and an outer work. Inner, as you step into the slow rhythm of service to this sacred artefact that has been made with deep intention by hundreds of people from across the country; walking, as pilgrims have through the ages, inviting and accepting the hospitality of strangers; open to new people and experiences and the quiet voice of Spirit whispering in the hedgerows and along the lanes.

Outer, as you open the invitation and offer the hospitality of the Coat to everyone you encounter along the way, creating a sacred space and sharing a sacred story at each meeting; proclaiming the truth that we belong together.

“Where life is cherished. There peace is found. Where people are united in the richness of their hearts, there peace exists as a tangible reality.” – Daisaku Ikeda

The Coat of Hopes cherishes everyone, with an offering and a promise of warmth and of connection. At the same time, it calls and reminds us of our responsibility to create that warmth, to live that connection for and with each other. Walking with it, singing with it, slowly, gently, almost imperceptibly, the Coat offers, encourages, and supports my heart to open, and to open a little more, and a little more.

If you need cherishing, if you need hope, if you need to open and feed your heart as we step into all that 2024 is asking of us, come meet and walk with the Coat.

~ Written by OneSpirit Core Tutor, Sarah MacDonald

Embracing the Spirit of Summer Solstice

Embrace the radiant energy of the Summer Solstice, a time marked by ancient traditions and spiritual renewal. This significant period invites the OneSpirit community to indulge in deep reflection, nature immersion, and creative expression. It's an opportunity to celebrate the longest day of the year, acknowledging our inner growth and setting intentions for the journey ahead. Through sunrise and sunset meditations, connecting with nature, and fostering communal bonds, we honour this pivotal moment.

Celebrating Love Today & Everyday

This Pride Month, join OneSpirit in celebrating love's limitless nature. Embrace acts of loving-kindness in our diverse community, honouring each individual's journey with respect, acceptance, and pride. Love transcends boundaries; our support should too.

Spiritual Diversity: Hear from Our Students

Explore the heartfelt spiritual journeys of our OneSpirit students, whose transformative encounters with diverse religious beliefs enlighten and inspire. Each account embodies a shared ethos of respect and acceptance of diverse spiritual paths. As we honour the richness of faith diversity, we extend an invitation to those ready for their own transformative journey.

Discover a New Horizon With ROSIM

Join our ROSIM community, a vibrant network designed to amplify your reach and connect you with over 2,000 engaged individuals. Showcase your events, tap into supportive and inspiring interactions, and make a real impact. Ready to elevate your journey? Dive into a world where visibility and collaboration meet.

June’s Anti-Racism Reading Group Invitation

Confronting the hidden layers of racism within oneself, a journey shared by a self-described liberal who discovered deep-seated biases. Through self-reflection and community dialogue, the Anti-Racism Reading Group at OneSpirit aims to unearth and challenge these harmful ideologies.

Honouring Togetherness on International Day of Living Together in Peace

On the International Day of Living Together in Peace, OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation embodies a commitment to unity, shared humanity, and harmony. The qualities of peace – nurtured within individuals, fostered through dialogue, and expressed in diverse experiences – form a vibrant mosaic of peaceful coexistence within this community. Peace, for OneSpirit, is not just a word, but a living endeavour, manifest in their ceremonies, education, and pastoral care. Today and every day, they walk a collective path that affirms, celebrates, and nurtures peace in all its rich diversity.

A Journey to Meaningful Engagement: Rethinking Our Approach at OneSpirit

Kailee from OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation reveals a transformative shift: From 'marketing' to 'engagement.' This evolution goes beyond semantics, embracing deep, heartfelt connections and redefining their mission. The post reflections on engagement as a concept. The word itself feels like an open invitation — a call to connect, interact, and be genuinely present with one another. It transcends the transactional implications of marketing, moving into the sacred realm of relationship-building, community nurturing, and heartfelt sharing.

Celebrating Beltane: A Journey Through Time & Tradition

Embracing Our Roots to Celebrate Light, Life and Community In the heart of Edinburgh, every spring, we witness a spectacle that ties us back to the deep-rooted traditions of our ancient forebears — the Beltane Fire Festival. Inspired by the traditional Gaelic festival...

Enrolment is Officially Open!

Enrolment for OneSpirit’s Spiritual Development and Ministry Training program is open. With over 25 years of experience, it nurtures spiritual growth and leadership, fostering global consciousness, compassion, and interconnectedness in an evolving world.

Interfaith Dialogue

OneSpirit fosters interfaith dialogue,
where individuals from varied faith paths
engage in rich discussions to exchange
wisdom. The aim is to deepen understanding, cultivate peace, and promote
spiritual growth.

Redefining Interfaith: Holistically and Inclusively

We redefine interfaith to be more inclusive, embracing diverse spiritual experiences beyond traditional religions. Their vision fosters unity by honouring individual spirituality, aiming for a compassionate community that celebrates spiritual diversity.