Passionate about peace building and adult spiritual formation, Ruth has worked in this area alongside churches, faith groups and small charities in Scotland, England, Ireland and Europe since 1989. Trained as a mediator and facilitator in 2011, Ruth has worked for Place for Hope since then as a volunteer Practitioner, while also being employed first as Head of Training, and then as Director since 2016. She is an accredited Mediator with Scottish Mediation.
Previously Ruth has worked for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (Director of the Living Spirituality Network), The Iona Community (Coracle Editor), Churches Together in Cumbria (Ecumenical Development Officer), and the Church of Scotland (Congregational Facilitator), focussing on training, formation, spiritual development and writing/editing. She writes regularly for various publications including Wild Goose Publications, Pray Now, Spirituality of Conflict, and the CTBI Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. She has published a number of books on the themes of spiritual journeying. Ruth is an ordained Church of Scotland minister, a Quaker, and a member of the Iona Community.
In her spare time Ruth enjoys writing poetry/prayers, camping, camp-fires, and being in Argyll – on, in or near the sea. She lives in Cumbria with views of Blencathra from her kitchen window.
Something that gives me hope…
The amazing resilience and forgiveness I see daily in children.