Iona Community member Colin Douglas yesterday completed a sponsored swim of the Sound of Iona for the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal, and in celebration of his 76th birthday. Colin had been training with a group triathletes and took part in the one-mile leg of the Great Scottish Swim.

Colin says: ‘As a Kirk minister I have always seen the Iona Community as a welcome counter to belonging to a conservative institution like the Kirk. The Iona Community encourages me in my attempts to proclaim and embody the principles of the social gospel.’

It took Colin a mere 30 minutes to swim the Sound! A nice bunch of abbey folk welcomed him at Martyrs’ Bay.

Congratulations, Colin – and thank you so much for your contribution to the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal. And happy birthday!

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