OUTSIDE THE SAFE PLACE: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE EARLY YEARS OF THE IONA COMMUNITY,
by Anne Muir, Wild Goose Publications
The country is bankrupt, the gap between rich and poor is widening, the church has retreated from the inner cities, and even in the more affluent suburbs, many young people see the church as irrelevant – out of touch.
No, it’s not 2012. It’s 1938. And a man called George MacLeod, and a group of like-minded friends and colleagues, have a vision of how to put the church with its message of ‘good news to the poor’ right back at the centre of life. To make it speak again to ordinary people.
If the rest of the church had followed their example, maybe 2012 would have looked very different.
This is their story.
Please God it’s not too late to listen.