Welcome to the first e-bulletin of 2013…

Let me know about any events and gatherings you are planning and what you’re working at, and I’ll let Iona Community folk across the globe know about it here or in Coracle.

We are ‘a dispersed, global community rooted in local realities’. Let’s help to inspire, encourage and support one another. (Neil Paynter, Ed)


From member Jean Oliver:

Scrap Trident And Let Scotland Lead The Way To A Nuclear-free World!

Join us for three days of long overdue anti-Tridentness at the scene of the crime

Saturday April 13th: National Demonstration Against Trident In Glasgow

Sunday April 14th: Mass Workshops And Non-violent Direct Action Training In Glasgow

Monday April 15th: Mass Blockade Of Faslane Naval Base And Supporting Demonstration

Called for and supported by: Faslane Peace Camp, International Socialist Group, No To NATO Scotland Coalition, Radical Independence Conference, Renfrewshire CND, Scottish CND, Scottish Green Party, Scottish Socialist Party, Scottish Stop the War Coalition, Sterling CND, Trident Ploughshares, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom …

We, a coalition of active political groups in Scotland who are opposed to Trident, believe that, with the increased debate on nuclear weapons in the run-up to the Independence Referendum, mobilsiation in Scotland is essential to ensure that the opportunities for disarmament that we are faced with in the coming years are not allowed to pass.

It was unanimously decided that the time has come to resurrect a mass movement against Trident in Scotland.

For too long we have tolerated the presence of weapons of mass destruction on the Clyde.

Briefing packs and free workshops on Trident and non-violent direct action at Faslane will be available soon.

For more information, see this Facebook page

The Anniversary Celebrations In Iona And Glasgow

Colourful kites photo © David Coleman
Colourful kites photo © David Coleman

This year the Iona Community will mark two anniversaries: in May, the 1450th Anniversary of the Arrival of Saint Columba on Iona and, in June, the 75th Anniversary of the Iona Community.

See the updated 2013 calendar of events below:

2013 Programme of Events

Friends and Associates

From associate David Bamber:

South East England Associates Group Meeting

12th–14th April 2013

at St. Andrew’s, Edenbridge (The Centre, Eden Hall, Stick Hill, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 5NN)

Leader: Paul Heppleston

Theme: Singing the Lord’s Song

Paul is a musician and writer currently living in the Derbyshire Dales after many years in Scotland, mainly in Orkney. He worked in animal ecology and taught for 26 years before ‘retirement’. He leads a number of community singing groups, big sings, retreat days and music in churches, together with creative worship, about which he is passionate. While singing will feature large during the weekend Paul assures us it won’t be all singing.

A Year In Bwindi Hospital

Iona Community member Sarah Dinwoodie and her partner, Kieran
Iona Community member Sarah Dinwoodie and her partner, Kieran

Iona Community member Sarah Dinwoodie and her partner, Kieran, who are both doctors, are working in Uganda at Bwindi Hospital. They have recently set up a blog – read their news and find out about their work here:

A Year in Bwindi Hospital

Prayer Corner

Invocation For Lent

by Kate Mcllhagga

Into the dark world a snowdrop comes,
a blessing of hope and peace carrying within it a green heart:
symbol of God’s renewing love.

Come to inhabit our darkness, Lord Christ,
for dark and light are alike to you.
May nature’s white candles of hope remind us of your birth
and lighten our journey through Lent and beyond.

From The Green Heart of the Snowdrop, Kate Mcllhagga, Wild Goose Publications

The Iona Community is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC003794.






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