This call arose from one of our small-group morning sessions during August Community Week. Sharing our deep and disturbing concerns about the effects of climate change and our fears/hopes for the forthcoming COP26 in Glasgow, our group asked “How can we, the Iona Community, speak truth to power on this issue, given the constraints on protestors gathering in Glasgow?” As individuals we feel powerless but our greatest strength comes when we connect together as a community. We have done it previously under the Iona Community banner, many times and in many places. And it feels important, essential even, to do it again, for the future of our environment affects the whole of humanity and every area of work within and across our Common Concern Networks.

Our planned action is a simple one – to gather, under the Iona Community banner and with individually-made placards, in front of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh (permission already given), away from the inevitable corralling of protestors in Glasgow, and to hold a BIG SING. We are realistic about how many may or may not hear our voices on that day. But our small group has committed to bear witness, to be a presence, to call for change. And we will be stronger if we have representatives from different CCNs, Family and Associates Groups, the Young Adults’ Group. Please put the date in your diaries and join us if you possibly can – and please let as many other people as possible know about it too, you will be connected to many individuals and groups far and wide, so gather them in!

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