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IF (Enough Food for Everyone) Scotland plays its part – join our journey to the G8: 15th June, Scotland to Belfast

From IF Scotland and member Kathy Galloway:

One in eight people go to bed hungry every night and two million children die from malnutrition every year. Yet the world produces enough food for everyone.

No one should be left to go hungry. IF we fulfil our existing commitment on aid, IF small farmers have the land they need to grow food, IF we tackle tax dodging so governments receive the money they need to feed their citizens and IF companies and governments are transparent in their dealing, there can be enough food for all.

In June, the world’s most powerful leaders will meet in the UK at the G8. This is a big opportunity to tackle hunger – 2013 can be the beginning of the end of hunger, IF we make it happen.

On Saturday 15 June, the IF campaign ramps up in Belfast, where thousands of supporters will gather for the Big IF Belfast event. This will be an important moment in the campaign as it’s two days before world leaders gather for the G8 summit in Lough Erne.

IF G8 Day trip:

IF will be making the journey from Scotland, with buses leaving at around 8am from Edinburgh and Glasgow on Saturday 15th June. The journey will be full of activities. You will learn more about the campaign issues, watch campaign films and meet with those involved in the IF campaign.

Join our journey to the G8 and help strengthen our messages to the G8 leaders.

To find out more or to book your place (recommended price: waged £20, unwaged and children £10): dgreen@christian-aid.org

The IF Campaign

The IF Campaign

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

Beginning on Iona at Pentecost (Sunday May 19th) 2013, finishing at the Houses of Parliament in London, July 20: an act of witness and communal celebration drawing strength and inspiration from historic centres of prayer along the way …

About the pilgrimage:

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, organised by Northumbrians for Peace, and in SCANA’s (Scottish Clergy Against Nuclear Arms) second annual Easter Week Act of Witness outside the gates of the Faslane Naval Base in March 2012.

A primary aim of the 2013 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.

The pilgrimage provides an opportunity to reaffirm and celebrate our common humanity – to share with each other along the way food, companionship, encouragement, stories and music and laughter in the midst of austerity – our vision of a fairer, more generous future for all, based on cooperation and mutual support, rather than merely the survival of the fittest or richest.

2013 UK Pilgrimage for Peace and Economic Justice 

Justice and peace pilgrimage

UK Pilgrimage for Peace and Economic Justice: Iona to London

The Iona Community’s 75th Anniversary celebrations

The Iona Community will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on St Columba Day, 9th June, 2013, in Glasgow.

‘ … The Gospel had to be proclaimed and lived out, outside the safe place. Our business was to change the conditions for the people of the world who couldn’t. It was to bring God’s Kingdom on earth.’

– Iona Community member Jack Kellet, from Outside the Safe Place: An Oral History of the Early Years of the Iona Community, Anne Muir, Wild Goose Publications

Refugee Week, June 16-22/World Refugee Day, June 20th, 2013

Resources, actions, events and inspiration: 

Refugee Day 

Refugee Week

Glasgow Refugee Asylum & Migration Network

Prayer  

Written by Iona Community member Alison Swinfen, while waiting for asylum seekers to sign on at Brand Street Immigration Reporting Centre in Glasgow …

Loving God, who counts us with compassion,
numbers us as friends
and invites us to sit down
and eat with you,
grant us the courage to be generous and practical
and release us from the tyranny of numbers …

God who waits with us
and is always the one who walks beside us,
grant us the courage to wait with those who fear.

– Alison Swinfen, Coracle, 2013

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© Refugee Week website

Nature as prayer guide: a week at Camas, 7th–13th September 2013

Longing for a spiritual life that has meaning and relevance? Tired of the offerings of formal religion and dogmatic practices? Allow nature to be your prayer guide. Learn to partner with creation to find your connection with God (whatever that means to you) using the arts, meditation and the wonderful surroundings of Camas.

Saturday 7th September to Friday 13th September, 2013, led by Polly Burns, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Coordinator of the Iona Prayer Circle, and Alix Brown, Integrative Psychotherapist. Both Polly and Alix are members of the Iona Community.

Nature as Prayer Guide Camas week

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Folk working in the lovely Camas garden © Liz Paterson

Conference on Slighe Chaluim Chille (The St Columba Trail)

From associate Alastair McIntosh:

A 3-day conference to explore the enduring Columban links from Donegal to the Outer Hebrides, and the opportunities to strengthen cultural and linguistic bonds along the St Columba Trail: Thursday, 20th June – Saturday, 22nd June 2013, Orinsay Hall and Ravenspoint, South Lochs, Lewis …

For more information

Bishop Jack Spong speaking at Cairns Church, Milngavie, 24th October, 2013

From member Malcom May:

Bishop Jack Spong's talk

Members, associates and friends

A tribute to Bobby Archibald (1935–2013)

Bobby Archibald

Bobby Archibald

By Jim Baird:

Bobby was a one-off. He was an amazing guy. For someone who was born with cerebral palsy he never let it hold him back. It has been said, adversity makes men; it certainly made Bobby. You could say it was the cerebral palsy that drove him on to be the incredible person he was. He was a living example to those who see themselves as different.

When we first went to St Ninian’s, Duncan Finlayson was the minister and he had a great influence on us. He opened our minds to the injustices in the world both at home and abroad. So we got involved in a fair amount of social action. The one Bobby was most proud of was when he joined CND and attended the first Aldermaston march and was invited to carry the Scottish flag at the head of the Scottish contingent. That was a really proud day for him.

Duncan was a member of the Iona Community and encouraged us to go to Iona to the youth camps. Bobby always had a strong faith and was one of the first to go to Iona, and was deeply moved by the experience. So much so that he and I decided to join the Iona Community. This required us to take on a two-year commitment. Bobby decided to do his two years working with people with cerebral palsy. It was a big decision for Bobby since he had never really accepted that he was different. Working with folk with cerebral palsy, some who had severe disabilities, was a real challenge. But Bobby being Bobby took it on. He was up to the challenge and ran a club at Westerlea Centre in Corstorphine for many years. He really loved this involvement, while he still carried on his work as the best-known postman in Musselburgh.

Bobby had a great ability to make friends wherever he went and his popularity extended far beyond Musselburgh. He was indeed a great friend to many people. He will be sorely missed, not only by his family, but by many, many good friends.

– Jim Baird

Bobby Archibald was a member of the Iona Community from 1964 to 2011.

Prayer

Step by step,
in your footprints:
Brendan, Brigid,
Columba, Adamnan.

Step by step
in your footprints:
Margaret, Cormac,
Anna, Michael.

Step by step
in your footprints:
Sue, Kate,
Ian, Alice.

Step by step
in your footprints:
all you saints,
all you angels.

Step by step
I’m coming home.

– Ruth Burgess, from Living Letters of the Word, Wild Goose Publications

The Fraser Prize for theological writing

Theology in Scotland and the Scottish Church Theology Society have joined forces to promote the Fraser Prize essay competition for 2013.

A prize of £500 will be awarded for the best article of around 4,000 words on the topic ‘Does the Church in Scotland still need theology?’

The aim of the Fraser Prize is to affirm constructive, creative, theological thinking within the wider Church in Scotland. The prize is named in honour of [Iona Community member] Dr Ian Fraser, who has always had in mind the priesthood of all believers and their ability to think theologically.

Entries will be assessed by a small panel drawn from the journal Theology in Scotland and the Scottish Church Theology Society. It is open to all, but there is a desire to encourage those who may not hitherto have had their work published. Contributions should not have been published elsewhere, since the intention is to publish the prize-winning entry in Theology in Scotland. Entries should be around 4,000 words in length. The final date for submissions is 30 June 2013 and the Fraser Prize winner will be announced in the Autumn 2013 Issue.

Some classic books by Ian Fraser

Annie’s Loo: the Govan origins of Scotland’s community-based housing organisations, a new book by member Raymond Young

February 10, 1972. 2.30pm. A big black car sweeps into Luath Street in Govan and stops outside number 10. Pat Lally, the chairman of Glasgow Corporation’s Housing Sub-committee on Clearance and Rehabilitation (later to become a well remembered Lord Provost), steps out of the car, and walks up the three flights of tenement stairs to the house of John and Annie Gibbons.

He declares their new bathroom open.

The significance of Annie’s Loo may have been lost on some of the crowd of well-wishers that day but in the annals of Glasgow and Scottish housing policy and practice it was a day to remember.

Raymond Young tells the story of how from small beginnings a major movement grew.

Raymond Young has spent most of his working life in social housing, including the tenement rehabilitation programme and the first of the community-based housing associations that are at the heart of this book. He later became Director Scotland for the Housing Corporation during the time of the great expansion of the housing association sector in urban and rural Scotland, and then was Regional Director-North for Scottish Homes. He taught for some years at Glasgow and Strathclyde universities. He holds a current role as an Advisory Board member of Historic Scotland.

Annie’s Loo

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New book by Iona Community member Raymond Young

A new blog by member/writer Yvonne Morland

Yvonne Morland is a well-known Iona Community writer who has contributed to many Wild Goose Publications and to Coracle – check out Yvonne’s new blog here

We are omnipotent,
able to order and destroy
according to our design.

Yet the turn of the leaf in morning sun
and the catch in our throat
drives us to our knees
and into prayer.

– Yvonne Morland, from Pushing the Boat Out, Kathy Galloway (Ed), Wild Goose Publications

Prayer corner

A prayer by Jeremy Thompson, the Volunteer Coordinator of Restore, a project of Birmingham Churches Together, which seeks to welcome and support refugees and asylum seekers. Folk from Restore have been guests at the Iona Community’s centres on Iona.

A psalm for our generation

Lord, I’m bewildered and depressed by the injustice I hear about and see –
day after day.
I’m angry that it goes on and on and on and on …
What can one person do in the face of such great need?
I’m knackered through trying to address these issues
and fed up that I’m powerless to make any difference.

But it’s not me that needs you to intervene,
it’s the marginalised strangers, you know,
the ones you implored us to welcome.
Lord, where’s your care and concern
for the least of ‘these children of mine’?
Why does a civilised society that supposedly
champions the cause of freedom for the oppressed
allow those who flee to our shores for safety
to go without a roof,
without a bed,
without a crust,
in the hope that they’ll eventually get fed up and slope off ‘home’?

Where are you and where is your justice, Lord?
Has someone stolen your scales?

But I know,
or at least I hope,
that you have seen the story unfold for every individual
who lies awake at night unable to sleep or rest
because of the physical and emotional trauma
they have experienced back in their native country
and the shock of exclusion
and disbelief they have encountered here.

You the tortured One
felt the brutal pain of their imprisonment,
their beatings,
their torture,
their rape.

You the rejected One
listen to the cries of those rejected today:
you stand alongside them
and offer solidarity, comfort and acceptance.

You the despised One
know each fearful prejudiced thought
that leads to mistrust and disbelief;
and you know the truth.

The actions, words and thoughts of us
all are weighed in your scales.
Bring justice, Lord,
and please don’t let them wait another day.
Amen

– Jeremy Thompson, from Like Leaves to the Sun: Prayers from the Iona Community (to be published in June 2013 by Wild Goose Publications), www.ionabooks.com

 

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