Action for Children Scotland Heritage and Inclusion Project

This project has been working with minority ethnic girls in 4 Edinburgh secondary schools, promoting social inclusion, learning of different cultures and historical events, and raising awareness to the issues that many of these young women encounter on a regular basis.

Invitation to Parliamentary Reception on 13 March 2018

Easter on Iona

Kissed-Pierced-Hidden-Revealed: Seeing God’s Passion from Gethsemane to Glory

  • 28th March – 2nd April
  • Seasonal Encounters with the Iona Community 2018 in partnership with the St Columba Hotel

Drawing on visual art from the Middle Ages to our present we will look at how artists working in all kinds of circumstances – from power to poverty, the mainstream to the margins – have responded to Christ’s passion and resurrection. Through these encounters with intimate moments of human love and failure, pain, loss, doubt and astonishing revelation, we ourselves are drawn into fresh ways of seeing the most important story there is in the life of faith.

Debbie Lewer is an art historian, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow and a regular speaker in churches, theological colleges and at festivals and retreats on the rich relationship between art and faith.

There will also be the opportunity to join in a whole range of special services for Holy Week at Iona Abbey and other locations on the island.

The Iona Community is an international, ecumenical Christian movement working for peace and justice, the rebuilding of community, and the renewal of worship. Our programmes offer spaces in which people can explore life’s meaning and purpose in the company of others, and can encounter, experience and celebrate the riches and challenges of communal life. We have a long association with the Island of Iona and are delighted to have the opportunity to offer some programmes in partnership with the St. Columba Hotel whilst our own centres are closed due to refurbishment and maintenance work.

Prices start at £649 per person for the 5 nights and include conti- nental breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation and programme charges. To reserve your place please either visit and book online, or phone 44 (0) 1681 700 304.

For further programme information contact:
The Iona Community Programmes Development Worker

The Iona Community
21 Carlton Court Glasgow G5 9JP
t: 44 (0) 141 429 7281

Our Calling – the connexion

the connexion is a free magazine about the life and work of the Methodist Church, bringing together inspirational stories from Methodist people who are passionate about sharing God’s love to change lives.

Issue 10 challenges the Church to refocus on its core purpose of Our Calling.
Stories from across the Connexion tell how local churches are prioritising worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism in response to God’s love.

Download a PDF of the connexion issue 10 – Winter 2018 

Learning and Caring – Israel and Palestine

A message of peace for the peoples of Israel and Palestine was given in a special service at Stirling Methodist Church.

The service, led by lay preacher David Rogerson, included Stirling MP Stephen Kerr, local councillors Ross Oxburgh and Alasdair Tollemache and Azam Haider from the Stirling Islamic Centre.

Ruth Cape shared her personal experience of cycling from the UK to Palestine and Israel and, through her Cycle 48 initiative, visited the sites of seven former Palestinian towns and villages where people were working to build peace between the communities through genuine understanding of the wrongs of the past and present.

Azam Haider shared stories from the earliest days of Islam, of respect and mutual support across Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.