We are delighted to announce a new partnership between the Student Christian Movement and the Iona Community to support young people and students as they navigate the journey of life and faith. To celebrate this partnership we share here a post from Jack and Annie, two members of the Iona Community Young Adults Group with a deep involvement in the SCM:

“6:15am. It is just getting light outside. Ahead of us is a 7-hour drive North, 2 ferries and a drive across an island.

Several months before this day, we were on a walk talking about Christian communities and what they can offer young adults. We talked of how justice and faith resonate with young Christians who for many see social action as a central part of their faith. We reflected on our own experience of this – one of us within the Iona Community and one within the Student Christian Movement (SCM). In making this link, we realised that both SCM and the Iona Community share values of justice, peace, spirituality, inclusion and community. The potential opportunities and growth of a partnership between these two organisations seemed obvious.

After a few emails, we got together with Ruth, Leader of the Iona Community, and Naomi, CEO of SCM, in a zoom room (and no, there was no Boaz present). The conversation was full of excitement, enthusiasm and ideas with the obvious outcome being a formal partnership.

Following the approval of both councils, we can now announce that the Iona Community and the Student Christian Movement have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, which you can find here.

The current ideas on how we can work together include mentorship schemes, joint events, SCM trips to Iona, linking regional groups and welcoming members of the Iona Community to share in SCM’s National Gathering in July.

Almost 12 hours after setting off, we crossed the Sound, watching our destination get closer. We stepped off the final ferry and walked up to our new home, excited to begin a new journey volunteering on Iona.

Volunteering here is something that both of us have wanted to do for a while, and to be here in the midst of a global pandemic adds another layer of meaning to this experience as we prepare the Abbey to welcome guests later this year. It is an opportunity to put faith into action as we live in community and share in the rhythm of life here.”

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