Voicebox: a collection of testimonies and stories from people experiencing poverty, from Church Action on Poverty

An excellent resource and witness from CAP, one of the Iona Community’s linked organisations:

Voicebox: A Collection of Testimonies and Stories from People Experiencing Poverty

Church Action on Poverty

1000 Mothers March for Justice, London, April 13, 2013

Iona Community Associate Paul Nicolson has been busy organisng this upcoming march in London. Details here, from Taxpayers Against Poverty:





The march is a heartfelt demonstration against the Coalition’s deeply unfair deficit reduction policies.

Mothers are at the heart of the campaign because they carry a double burden, for themselves and for their children, of the financial hardship imposed by the Coalition.

Taxpayers Against Poverty

Listen to Paul speaking about the march here:

Hadeel opens new shop in Edinburgh

Hadeel has now opened its new shop in Edinburgh, at 123 George Street.

Hadeel is a Fair Trade shop which aims to provide a sustainable source of income for craftspeople working with social enterprises in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, as well as in the Galilee and the Negev. Their work also helps to sustain infrastructures, as many of the producer groups also provide health, education and emergency services in their communities, which lack any form of local government which might do this. Hadeel is owned by the Scottish charity Palcrafts.

Hadeel was set up by Iona Community members Colin and Carol Morton, who lived and worked in Israel/Palestine for many years.

‘Hadeel is helping to provide a sustainable future income for many Palestinians and their families by ensuring that the profit from the sale of their goods goes back into the community. That chimes with the Scottish Government’s own vision of Scotland as a good global citizen, committed to playing its part in addressing poverty. Our commitment to that was made clear with the recent news that Scotland has become one of the world’s first Fair Trade Nations.’

– Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development, at the reopening of Hadeel in Edinburgh in March

For mail orders and info:

Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf, Runa Mackay and Carol Morton at the reopening of Hadeel in Edinburgh in March

Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf, Runa Mackay and Carol Morton at the reopening of Hadeel in Edinburgh in March

Solas Festival, 2013

From Solas:

The fourth Solas Festival will be held 21st-23rd June 2013 near Perth.

After three great years at Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire, we’ve decided it’s time to move on up to The Bield at Blackruthven. The new site retains the intimate feel we have all grown to know and love. And it will be easier to travel to and has a great range of accommodation options.

We already have some amazing performers and speakers lined up, including Karine Polwart, Margie Gillis, Breabach, Iain Morrison and Louise Welsh, and we’ll be bringing you news of our guest artists and the Head Space and Soul Space inspirers as soon as we can. But if you’re already keen to buy your ticket, pop on over to the Box Office.

If you would like to be involved with the Solas Festival, we’d love to have you. Take a look at how you can support by volunteering or by becoming a Solas Saint.

Solas Festival


Members, Associates and Friends

Columba’s Day event

From Associate  member John Wotherspoon:

The annual Columba Day event held by the North West Associates will be hosted by the Merseyside Associates on Saturday 15 June at Cross Lane United Church, Newton-le-Willows. Alastair McIntosh will lead us in a day on ‘Columba, Adomnán and a Spirituality of Our Times’. In this address he will ask what St Columba, as we known him through St Adomnán’s biography, can contribute to the spiritual needs of today, and do so with something of a Russian Orthodox perspective on the observation that George MacLeod was ‘halfway between Rome and Moscow’.

Alastair was raised on the isle of Lewis and is an internationally known speaker and broadcaster on spirituality, ecology and community. He is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Divinity at Edinburgh University’s New College, and author of Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power, and Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition (Luath). He is an Associate member of the Iona Community and represents the Quakers on the Church of Scotland’s Iona Community Board.

2013 UK Pilgrimage for Peace and Economic Justice: Iona to London

From Andrew Greaves, Hexham Quakers, Pilgrimage Coordinator:

Beginning on Iona at Pentecost (Sunday May 19th) 2013, finishing at the Houses of Parliament in London: an act of witness and communal celebration drawing strength and inspiration from historic centres of prayer along the way.

The 2013 Pilgrimage for Peace and Economic Justice has its origins in an Interfaith Service for Justice and Peace held at Hexham Abbey in January 2012. A primary aim of the pilgrimage is to focus national public attention on the Government’s proposal to spend up to £100 billion renewing the Trident nuclear missile system, while continuing to slash NHS, education and social welfare budgets, including vital financial support for some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities across the UK.

Iona Continentals meeting, 2013

This summer the Swedish Iona Group will be hosting the Iona Continentals meeting: 16-18 August, 2013.

Those interested in attending, please contact Simone Allertz: [email protected]

Exposed: 12 Myths about Asylum Seekers

Some brilliant work here by the Iona Community Youth Department:

12 Myths about asylum seekers


Horizons of hope, an Lent/Easter reflection,
by Peter Millar

Words from a friend:

‘Don’t give in, but keep
widening the horizons of hope
through your compassion.’

Words for us all
in a world perpetually
tumbling and dancing.
Profound, unmasking words
that break through
our imprisoned vision
and the fears that shadow the planet.

Words for the burdened
who wait for the dawn,
and words for the powerful
who manage the earth.

So hold the words deeply,
and when it’s right
tenderly act upon them
out of joy.

– Peter Millar, Palm Sunday 2013

Peter’s new book is A Time to Mend: Reflections in Uncertain Times, Wild Goose Publications

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7 Responses to E-Coracle March 2013

  1. Horace Holden,Sr. Associate says:

    When is Columba’s Day Scotland. I did not see a date in the article Members, Associates and Friends. Look forward to hearing back. Horace, 204 Barry Stret, Decatur, GA 30030
    Columba’s Day event

    From Associate member John Wotherspoon:

    • Alex O'Neil says:

      On Sunday 19 May 2013, The Iona Community together with Argyll & Bute Council, Historic Scotland, and the residents of the island of Iona, are celebrating the 1450th anniversary of the arrival of St Columba on Iona. These celebrations will include a service of Thanksgiving in Iona Abbey and the opening of the new Historic Scotland Abbey Museum

    • Kevin Hurd says:

      Would love to be on Iona to celebrate St Columba,s Day this year will not be able to make it but will be there again later next year.

      Kevin Hurd. Associate Tasmania.

      • Alex O'Neill says:

        That’s a shame you can’t be there to celebrate St Columba’s day but we look forward to welcoming you on the island in 2014.

  2. Mary Beebe Crofts says:

    I like the new format! I’m still working my way through all the “goodies” posted in this e-bulletin…as usual, I have more questions. Oregon is so far away from the “action”; we forget, in this part of the world, how truly isolated from the true problems in this world and from those who are actually trying to do something about them. The closest we have here is the so-called “migrant problem” which our states and our government are most willing to sweep under the carpet and for get that it exists. Pres. Obama has proposed that we at least provide permanent residency to those now living in the US, but I haven’t heard any more about his proposal, which would at least be acknowledging that we need to help these people.
    About a month ago I emailed the web site for Young People Seeking Safety. Although there’s nothing I can do, physically, I offered money or written support or whatever I could do at this distance, which isn’t much, but I’d really like to help. Haven’t heard from them, but my offer still stands.
    And as soon as my printer is working again, I want to download Alison’s (and the rest) service and sermon.
    Thanks for sending me the bulletin, Karen! Blessings to all on this most important weekend, and, of course, peace to all…especially those who have so little of it. Mary Beebe Crofts

  3. John Dillon says:

    All the USA Associates and members are invited to check out the Kirkridge website soon.John Bell is leading a workshop in October and the Board of the New World Foundation are planning to attend, hold our Annual General meeting and Celebrate the 75!
    John Dillon

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