In October, the Iona Community was hosted by the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. They made us more than welcome, strengthening the bonds of friendship between our two communities. They also made us powerfully aware that this is an election with huge consequences for the people of Ireland, north and south. It was an important reminder that ‘it is in the shelter of each other that the people live.’
This is also true for the 320,000 homeless people in Britain, and for the displaced and destitute people in the UK, and around the world.
- On this day of consequences, we are asking ourselves, ‘how do we practice our values of welcome and hospitality?’
The Iona Community is a community that sings. In October, we sang at protests against the death-dealing global arms trade, and in solidarity with the climate activists of Extinction Rebellion. We sing on marches for our children’s future, for the planet, for climate justice. One of our members, Jan Sutch Pickard, writes, ‘Sing, but keep on walking’.
- On this day of challenges, we are asking ourselves ‘who shall we walk with towards a different world?
We are also a community which practices mutual accountability, including for the ways we spend our money. We do this in the conviction that how we use our resources is the clearest indicator of what our values really are.
- On this day of choices, we are asking ourselves, ‘to whom, and for whom, are we accountable?’
On this election day, we are encouraging all of our members and friends who are in a position to do so;
- ‘be an enemy of apathy-use your vote!’
Inspired by our faith, we pursue justice and peace in and through community.