The Iona Community is an ecumenical Christian community, seeking new ways of living the gospel in today’s world, especially through working for peace and social justice and rebuilding community. In the light of our clear purpose, we join with many others today in firmly opposing the decision of the United Kingdom parliament to support the American government in going to war, yet again, in the Middle East. While Parliament has been persuaded that air strikes may be legal, we believe that the strategy behind them is, at best, extremely vague, and the moral and political rational entirely misguided. Any idea, however appalling, can never be bombed out of existence; only sustained and cautious diplomacy, together with nuanced personal support, can ever hope to make any real difference in the long run. By choosing to bomb, we are once again in danger of reinforcing the perception among Arab countries and their allies that “the West” still thinks it can act unilaterally, and selectively, as the world’s policeman; a sense entrenched by the unwillingness of “the West” to effectively address the long-running sore that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the same region.
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RT @MartinJohnston8 Heading off to @CamasTuath this morning with a bunch on wonderful young people; hope they will be kind to an old man like myself. @YouthIona @ionacommunity pic.twitter.com/JmoyP993nm
RT @AmyMerone Enchanting weekend with @tweenders on the Isle of Mull & Iona. So lovely to be back with the @ionacommunity at the Abbey. Loved this morning’s sermon on contemplative activism ❤️ pic.twitter.com/WPj8PdYtFv
RT @JudithYMCA Proud to be speaking about the amazing life and legacy of George Macleod, Founder of the @ionacommunity at St Mary's Church, Farleigh at 8pm this Sunday 22 July @SouthwarkCofE @MichelleEdmond5 @revjpashton #BeTheChange pic.twitter.com/NQAf4XHhyu
At the Columba Centre in Fionnphort twitter.com/JoeMcHughArtis…
RT @MartinJohnston8 "Jesus didn’t want his community to have a social ethic; he wanted it to be a social ethic. Their very way of eating and organising themselves was to be an affront to the system of dominance and power." (@RichardRohrOFM) Brilliantly put. email.cac.org/t/ViewEmail/d/… pic.twitter.com/uNPUuuNoX7