The Scottish Referendum is over. The people have voted in record numbers and it is therefore timely to state the Iona Community’s position as we look to the future. As an organisation, we maintained a neutral position throughout the long period of debate, though many within our membership in Scotland were actively engaged in the respective campaigns.

The debate was passionate and generally respectful. It enabled thousands of ordinary people to share their hopes and fears and to articulate the values they wish to see shape their communities. The campaign has reenergised the body politic in Scotland and has inspired wider debate on poverty, inequality and democratic structures within the United Kingdom.

As a Christian community with an international membership, our values and concerns transcend borders and boundaries. Our passion for social justice, peacemaking and the protection of the environment is both local and global. Much of our work in the past has been about bringing people together from diverse backgrounds to encounter and learn from one another. We will work hard to remain connected to them and to the churches and communities we seek to serve.

We are all interdependent. The Iona Community will continue to develop its work and witness within the British Isles, Europe and the rest of the world.

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