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Tibetan sacred chant in Aberdeen church

The Aberdeen church which hit the headlines by appointing an openly-gay minister is now offering an evening of 'Masked Dance and Sacred Chant' performed by Tibetan monks.

MonksIn the wake of a recent multi-faith gathering to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, involving a Baptist and Episcopal church another Aberdeen church is now hosting an event described as "a psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drum, cymbals and processions.

As part of a UK Tour a group of performances which 'recreat the mysteries of the Tibetan Monastery'  as eight Tashi Lhunpo monks offer a 'dramatic presentation of sacred dance, music and prayer with traditional costumes and ceremonial masks.'

The tour which commenced on 1 September in Aldershot is due to visit 'The Sanctuary' at Queen's Cross Church, Aberdeen on 21 November. The present minister at the Church of Scotland parish church is Rev. Scott Rennie who first hit the headlines in 2009 when he became the first openly-gay clergyman to be appointed within Scotland's national church.

Prior to reaching Aberdeen, the tour schedule lists appearances at the Findhorn Foundation near Forres and the Craigmonie Centre which is integrated with Glen Urquhart High School outside Inverness.

Founded by the first Dalai Lama in the 15th Century, Tashi Lhunpo is viewed as one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It has been described by the Independent newspaper as "…a window of time onto a magical universe of reincarnation and release…".

Footnote: The most recent interfaith event in Aberdeen involved the Aberdeen Hindu Association, Crown Terrace Methodist Church, Crown Terrace Baptist Church, Quaker Meeting House, St Margaret’s Episcopal Church and St James Episcopal Church and various other Faith groups.

The Editor, 14/10/2011

Peter Carr 14/10/2011 09:41
Hardly a surprise from an already obviously apostate church!!
Martin Lisemore 14/10/2011 12:41
Twenty years ago and English Cathedral was hosting Muslim and Hindu affairs, displacing evensong to do so.

Got a better attendance than evensong, though, which should tell us something.
Jenny 14/10/2011 14:59
"...Twenty years ago an English Cathedral was hosting Muslim and Hindu affairs, displacing evensong to do so. ..."

What are they doing now? - that sounded as if it should be the build-up to something.
introducing sacred prostitution? (sorry) Sacrificing to Moloch, perhaps...?
Martin Lisemore 14/10/2011 20:04
Further to the above Curlew, yes, that Cathedral was indeed an apostate church, and the sickening thing about it was, so many other congregations in the diocese followed it.

To find a Bible believing fellowship in that part of England was all but impossible.

I'm sorry, these posts are not about Scotland; but I do so hope they sound out a warning note.
Seumas, Tobermory (Guest) 15/10/2011 12:14
Not really a big surprise. Churches everywhere are little more than houses of entertainment these days. Take away the music, the drum kits, the amps and speakers, and most of these places would empty.

Even events that are asupposed to be "evangelical" fall into this trap.

Take a look at this site:

the Luis Palau event that was heavily promoted on this site a few years ago. Look at that front page and see if you can find the words "God" "Christ" or "Jesus". And if you look at the source code for the page, its not as if these words are embedded as meta tags either.

In fact the posters for this event gave the impression that it was a MUSIC festival and not a gospel one. Gibson's "Les Paul" guitar gets good exposure, doesnt it? Pity the Cross isnt so clear on the blurb.

Tickle their ears with music, let them have an "awesome" time and they think they're walking the narrow path.....

Jenny 15/10/2011 12:55
".....Tickle their ears with music, let them have an "awesome" time and they think they're walking the narrow path....."

that's a trap I once fell into myself, - some years ago now. God was merciful and led me on through it, even using writers I would now have to call apostate, as steps on the way.
We have to keep on witnessing and try (but with grace) to make our voices heard.
And we should keep praying for every other Christian website as well as this one, that no post found on them, posted by whomsoever, will ever be a stumbling block in anyone's way.

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