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The ecumenical community of iona

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THE ECUMENICAL COMMUNITY OF IONA Iona is a small remote island off the west coast of Scotland where in 563 St Columba settled after leaving Ireland, establishing a Celtic monastery that was very influential in its own times. It was the site of a Benedictine abbey and over the centuries has attracted many thousands of people on their own pilgrim journeys. The Iona community, founded in 1938 by the Rev George MacLeod, who was then a parish minister in Glasgow, is an ecumenical Christian community that is committed to seeking new ways of living the Gospel in today's world. ...read more.

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The number of young people that have sought the worship and spirituality of the Iona community is staggering. Iona stresses reconciliation and it seeks to meet the needs of the poor and oppressed. However Iona does not use any form of advertisement in order to lure people to visit it. The reason that it attracts visitors is because it is a visible sign of the living gospel centred in prayer and worship. The Iona community has almost 250 members, mostly in Britain, over 1500 associate members and around 1400 friends worldwide. ...read more.

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The administration of the community ? Its work with youths ? Its publishing house for its magazine Members meet regularly throughout the year in local groups including a week on Iona. They all pursue: ? Justice, peace and integrity of creation (opposing nuclear weapons and campaigning against arms trade) ? Political and cultural action to combat racism ? Action for economic justice, locally, nationally, and globally ? Discovering new and relevant approaches to worship ? Working with young people ? Inter-religious relations ? The deepening of ecumenical dialogue and communion A picture of the restored abbey on Iona CHARLIE RIDDELL 5DY ...read more.

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