‘Courage, Faith and Cheerfulness’. 75th and 1450th:
is about the meeting of Columba and George MacLeod, who trod the same ground, as it were:
They were both damaged by warfare; their visions arouse as a response to its destructiveness; they both arrived on Iona in mid-life (more or less aged 42 in each case). For neither of them was Iona simply a ‘retreat’, but rather a place from which to get involved in the political and spiritual movements of their day. They encountered, and made changes to what was already there; they both looked beyond their own time, subject to the will of God.
How, therefore, in the ‘thin place’ afforded by Christian Community, and the Communion of Saints, could they not have met?
The film uses puppet and 3d digital animation, live-action, satellite imagery and digital rostrum work, as well as some of the material that was part of the projection art in the 75th anniversary service in Govan Old. The original score is by Pat Livingstone, recorded with live wind instruments, and a deep audio texture of sampled sounds from the island, the sea, and elsewhere. The recognisable hymn is Trust in God (“Courage, brother!”) by George MacLeod’s grandfather.
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