Some 50 of us, from places as far flung as Fife, Arran and New York, were joined by Church leaders from the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, and the United Reformed Church, to share in the annual Pentecost Peace Witness of SCANA (Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms) at the North Gate of the Trident Naval Base at Faslane. This year, the Iona Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group had prepared a special liturgy, in the form of one of Paul’s New Testament Epistles, based on a letter we all signed to the UK Prime Minister urging her Government to take immediate steps to get Britain to sign up to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which has already been signed by 122 countries around the world. 

So we sang songs, we said prayers, we did our best to make the obscenity, the stupidity and the real and present danger of these weapons of mass destruction as visible as possible, in the light of the constant message of the Gospel and the long-established stance of the Churches. The sun shone (as it usually does NOT!), there were no midges, and after the service we shared a lunch picnic together, and, for some, ended the day with an ice cream in Helensburgh! 

For further information about SCANA, please contact the secretary, John Harvey, at [email protected]

Film and photo by David Coleman ©

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