Iona in the South West gathering: Saturday, 3rd March 2018, South Street Baptist Church, Exeter,  from member David Osborne

Saturday, 3rd March 2018, 11.00am till 4.00pm, South Street Baptist Church, Exeter, EX1 1EB

Theme: ‘Poverty: what can we do?’

Food banks, drop-ins, small charities, debt counselling, benefits advice … many of us are involved with these one way or another, giving or receiving. At this gathering we will share our experiences and learn from each other. With the help of Church Action on Poverty we will try to look beyond these responses at some of the bigger issues and think about what we can do to close the gap.

This day is for everyone who is involved with or interested in the Iona Community, and for anyone else who is concerned about poverty.

The day will include worship in the Iona-Community-style, music, a bring-and-share lunch, a bookstall, information, discussion and Iona Community news from the South West and beyond.

There is no charge, but please make a contribution towards the cost if you can: suggestion £7.

So we can ensure we have enough space and adequate materials, please book: [email protected]

If you are travelling by car and can offer a lift, please say. And bring something for lunch which can be shared with others.

East Scotland Regional Plenary 2018: Saturday, 3rd March 2018, Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh, from member Ewan Aitken

The East Scotland Regional Plenary 2018 is being run by the Edinburgh North and Leith Family Group on:

3rd March 2018, 10am till 3.30pm, Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Rd, EH7 5Q

Plenary theme: ‘The art of engaging those with whom we disagree’

Speakers include Alison Swinfen, Iona Community member, poet and campaigner on refugee rights; Eurig Scandrett, Iona Community member and activist on Palestine/Israel; and Simon Bateson, founder of the Take One Action Film Festival, with contributions from Simon Barrow, Iona Community member and director of Ekklesia, Diane Marr, Manager of Cyrenians Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution, and others.

A simple lunch will be provided by Cyrenians, a charity working to stop homelessness; cost will be pay as you feel with any surplus going to the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal

Please let me know if you wish to attend, by Feb 23rd, so I can plan for catering, etc: [email protected]

‘Trident: Wise?’: Midlands Regional Event, Saturday, 17th March 2018, Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre, Birmingham, from Canon Christopher Hall

The Iona Community invites you to this Midlands Regional Event to hear Commander Rob Forsyth, RN Rtd, who commanded a Polaris nuclear submarine. He will explain the reasons why he is opposed to Trident.

For all details and to book


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