Peace walk: Scottish Parliament to Faslane nuclear submarine base, April 2014


From the Scottish CND website ©


Scottish CND is planning a walk from the Scottish Parliament to the nuclear submarine base at Faslane. The week-long walk will include a send-off rally at the Scottish Parliament (1 April 2014), a march and rally in Glasgow (5 April) and meetings and discussions with communities and their elected representatives across central Scotland.

For more info

Weekly vigil against Trident, from Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms (SCANA)

Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms (SCANA) is holding weekly vigils in Glasgow against Trident. These take place every Friday from 12:30 to 1:30pm outside the Savoy Centre in Sauchiehall Street. The vigils began on 6 December 2013 and will continue until the Independence referendum on 18 September 2014. A number of Iona Community folk are members of SCANA.

For more information contact [email protected]


Glasgow vigil

Glasgow vigil, from the SCANA website ©




Pete Seeger: the power of song

Pete Seeger’s music and witness has been an inspiration to many. Here is a brilliant PBS documentary, from YouTube, on Pete, who died early in 2014 – this film will fill you with hope:

Come stay with us on Iona or at Camas in 2014 …

Iona Abbey cloisters

Iona Abbey cloisters ©


There is still lots of space for folk who want to come and stay at the Iona Community’s Island Centres in 2014 – individual weeks, themed weeks, family weeks, open weeks …

There is still space at the Abbey: 5-11 April, 26 April-2 May, 31 May-6 June, 5-11 July, and 27 September-3 October, and on other weeks as well.

Still space at the Mac: 5-11 April, 26 April-2 May, 3-9 May, 30 Aug-5 Sept and during all other September weeks, and on other weeks as well.

And adult individual weeks at Camas are open, as is the Family Week of 24-30 May, as are other times.

For more info and to book:

[email protected]

[email protected]

2014 Islands Programme

‘Tartan Jesus? … weaving the distinctive fabric of a nation’, from Holy City/the Wild Goose Resource Group

Holy City’s theme until May 2014 is ‘Tartan Jesus? … weaving the distinctive fabric of a nation’, in which we set out to explore some of the pressing issues facing Scotland in the run-up to September’s Referendum on Independence; issues that are crucial both within and without the boundaries of this wee nation, and which will remain so, whether the Referendum’s renders a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ result.

Each evening consists of participative, reflective workshops and liturgy engaging body, mind and spirit.

The remaining dates are:

•    Sunday 2nd March – Art
•    Sunday 6th April – Love
•    Sunday 4th May – Faith

 Holy City


Tartan Jesus/Holy City ©

Lent cookbook launched: ‘Recipes for Change’, from Christian Aid Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church

A new cookbook launched by Christian Aid Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church brings ‘food for thought’ in time for Lent.

Inspired by last year’s Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, which focused on tackling global hunger in a world of plenty, this book is packed full of interesting recipes for good food at low cost. Members of the Scottish Episcopal Church were invited to contribute their ideas for meals, using at least one locally sourced ingredient or fairtrade product.

This resource also includes prayers, Bible studies and thought-provoking stories from Christian Aid’s partners and projects that the Scottish Episcopal Church supports overseas.

Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland (and former Leader of the Iona Community), and the Most Rev David Chillingworth, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, launched the cookbook in February:

Press release

To download Recipes for Change (4,9 mb)


Recipes for Change launch ©






Soup and sandwich lunch in aid of Lusobilo Orphan Project, Malawi, 26th April, 2014

Gorbals Parish Church,
1 Errol Gardens, Glasgow G5 ORA
on Saturday 26th April
at 10.30–2.30

(Car parking is available by arrangement with the Co-op, in the Co-op car park just opposite the church. On arrival at the church you will be asked to fill in a form giving details of your car: thereby avoiding a potential fine.)

Some info on the Lusobilo Orphan Care Project

Members, associates and friends

Invitation to contribute to a new book on peace and reconciliation, from Wild Goose Publications

Dear Members, Associates and Friends,

In 2014 Wild Goose will be publishing a prayer book/collection of stories on peace and reconciliation.

2014 of course marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War: ‘the war to end all wars’; and the Iona Community’s theme/central concern for 2014 is peace and reconciliation.

We are looking for original prayers and/or stories (short, 500-800 words) on the theme of peace and reconciliation.

The deadline for contributions is May 1st, 2014.

If you have any questions, e-mail: [email protected]

Thank you.

‘Pilgrimage toward our undivided life’: A Courage & Renewal retreat, June 30th-July 3rd, 2014, led by Jean Richardson (Director of Kirkridge Retreat Centre), at the Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre, Northumbria

Courage & Renewal retreats:

If we are willing to embrace the challenge of becoming whole … We cannot embrace that challenge all alone, at least not for long; we need trustworthy relationships to sustain us, tenacious communities of support, if we are to sustain the journey toward an undivided life.’ Parker J. Palmer

As our bodies need nourishment, so do our souls. Using a Circle of Trust® approach, this Courage & Renewal® retreat is like gathering around tables for good, honest heart talk with ourselves and others. This unique retreat offers food for the soul in a safe and trusting environment. Using a small group model of formation, poetry, story and silence, participants are invited to rediscover the deep connection between role and soul in their lives. Given the gift of time and space participants hear their own inner wisdom, learn to create a community of mutual respect and how to reconnect professional identity and personal integrity. When we reconnect who we are with what we do, we approach our lives and our work with renewed passion, commitment and integrity. Within retreat we are invited to explore our own most profound questions at the heart of our many roles. Together we will create a quiet, focused and disciplined space – a circle of trust – in which the noise within us and around us can subside and we can begin to hear our own inner voice.

Jean Richardson is prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal and has led many Courage retreats in the US and UK.

If you are interested in taking part in this journey of self-exploration please return the booking form to the Iona Community, 4th Floor, Savoy House, 140 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3DH, with a cheque for £270. This covers the cost of the retreat, single room and full board for three nights.

Booking form Circle of Trust

Courage and renewal retreat information

A bit of Member news …

Stuart MacQuarrie

Member Stuart MacQuarrie, University Chaplain at Glasgow University, is being seconded by Glasgow University to run and manage the Religious Services Centre at the Commonwealth Games. The approach by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee came as result of the interfaith and inclusive approach the Glasgow University Chaplaincy follows.

The vision is to provide opportunities for religious observance and pastoral support and engage with local faith communities. Glasgow is fairly unique in that the Commonwealth Games Village and many of the venues are only twenty minutes away from Glasgow Cathedral, St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow Central Mosque, Glasgow Hindu Mandir, Buddhist Vihara, Jewish Synagogue, Glasgow’s new Sikh Gurdwara and other key centres of religion and places of worship.

Family Group become shareholders!, from member Jan Sutch Pickard

Green Energy Mull is the first community-owned hydroelectric generation scheme, on the Isle of Mull. It is being set up at Garmony, on the east coast, under the auspices of Mull and Iona Community Trust. When a share offer was issued, this autumn, members of the Iona and Mull Family Group were interested in supporting this initiative, which has the potential to generate more than 900MWh of green energy each year (the equivalent of powering more than 200 homes) and reducing Mull’s carbon footprint. It will also bring social and environmental benefits to the island. The hope is that money invested by shareholders will enable start-up loans to be paid back sooner. Construction will start in spring 2014.

Shares are £50 each, but to be a voting member five shares are needed. We are not affluent, but several of us have clubbed together. We now have one vote between us, and will have to call a special FG meeting when the time comes to cast it! But more importantly we are supporting a scheme for local and renewable energy.

If other members of the Community would like to know more about Green Energy Mull (shareholding isn’t limited to local residents – though there has been an impressive take-up here) then check or contact [email protected]

Jan Sutch Pickard

Sparks of the Light: Invitation to all Members, Associates and Friends of the Iona Community, from Neil Paynter, Editor of Coracle


Iona Abbey candles © David Coleman


An Iona Community member, speaking at a regional plenary, said this: ‘We can’t do everything ourselves, and we shouldn’t feel guilty about that. Some are good at marching and standing at the barricades, some are good at campaigning and writing letters, some are good at being and listening.We are all members of the Body … We are all sparks of the Light.’

In recent Coracles, Members, Associates and Friends have been giving a short account of what they’re working at and the justice and peace concerns they’re involved in. I plan to continue this series in Coracle in 2014. So if you’d like to contribute news for the spring or summer Coracle I’d really welcome it.

I’m looking for:

* a couple sentences about what you’re working at these days … your work … the justice and peace concerns you’re involved in …

* possibly a wee message to fellow Members, Associates, Friends …

This would really help me, and help to give folk a good overview of what Members, Associates and Friends are involved in, working at …

Thank you.



[email protected]

Coracle online


Promise of spring: a prayer for Lent, by Kate Mcllhagga

Pale winter sun,
flooding the earth
with your light,
gilding the bare trees
with your touch.
Your eyes
have seen
the glory
of the Lord.

Low white candles of hope
palely gleaming in the dark earth,
your advent heralds
the promise of spring;
your green hearts
speak of God’s renewing love.

Son of God,
show us the way.
Light our path.
Lead us
through this Lenten desert
to Easter with you
beyond the pain
of loss and fear.
Lead us in new ways
of trusting service.

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

Lent and Easter books from Wild Goose

Lent and Easter downloads from Wild Goose

Wild Goose Publications

 Green heart



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