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 www.stcolumba-hotel.co.uk and book online, or phone 44 (0) 1681 700 304.

For further programme information contact:
The Iona Community Programmes Development Worker pat@iona.org.uk

The Iona Community
21 Carlton Court Glasgow G5 9JP
t: 44 (0) 141 429 7281
e: pat@iona.org.uk
w: www.iona.org.uk

‘Not in our backyard – Not in their market garden’ – climate change and the Pacific

Dr. Julia Edwards will speak at
The Methodist Church
Queen Street, Stirling FK8 1HL
at 7.30 p.m. Monday 20th February.

Dr. Julia Edwards is a church mission partner of the Methodist Church, working with the Pacific Conference of Churches as a climate researcher. She works with communities affected by adverse weather events, including planning for and assisting with the relocation of whole villages from coastal areas; indeed in some cases abandoning whole very low lying islands and moving to a larger one. This can be quite a considerable distance away. These migrations are entirely due to global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels in the industrial north.

The meeting is being co-hosted by Stirling Methodist Church and Friends of the Earth – Stirling.

After the talk there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to discuss a response from this area and country to the urgent and increasing needs of the vulnerable people of the Pacific Islands and elsewhere in the world. The plight of these people depends very much on the planning decisions we make in the industrial countries, and in Scotland that includes the decision that has to be made on ‘fracking’.

In the coming year, a new Climate Change Bill is being introduced in the Scottish Parliament. Will it be bold enough in its aspirations to again give a lead to other legislators elsewhere and encourage them to follow this country’s example?

There is also the need to increase our investments in the generation of renewable energy and other infrastructure projects that reduce the amounts of greenhouse gases that we push into the atmosphere.

We hope that you are able to accept our invitation and attend this important meeting, and to share with us your views on this growing global crisis and plans to attempt to minimise its adverse effects.

Understanding the 2015 General Election result in Scotland

The UK General Election in May 2015 resulted in a massive shift of votes and seats from Labour and the Liberal Democrats to the Scottish National Party in Scotland. Since election night commentators and political key-players have offered several explanations for the result. Using data from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey before and – for the first time – after the election this seminar will separate the facts from the myths.

At this event a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Professor John Curtice and ScotCen Social Research, will present the results of their study into the 2015 General Election in Scotland for the first time. The research has been conducted under the auspices of The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN).

Contrasting long-run changes since the advent of devolution with recent changes in voting behaviour and political attitudes will provide deep insights into the reasons underlying the outcome of the vote. It will also offer insights into Scotland’s political landscape as it prepares for Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016.

The Scottish Churches Parliamentary Officer commends this meeting on Wednesday February 17 2016, 12:15 to 16:00 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Infirmary Street. The event is open to the public and free to attend, but registration through Eventbrite is required as places are limited.

Full programme.

 

Scotland Today – The Context for Methodism

The Learning and Development Forum are hosting this event to continue our focus and thinking together on current issues in the life of our nation and church.

The facilitating Speakers will be Professor Lindsay Patterson, Professor of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, and Alastair Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Churches Housing Action.

All interested are invited – please register via the District Office by Friday 17th October if possible: fiona@methodistchurch.plus.com; 01786 820295. Notice of particular needs (eg diet) would be useful – thanks!

Date:        Wednesday 29th October

Time:        4.30pm to 7.30pm (at the latest!)

Venue:     Creative Scotland, Old Town Jail, St John Street, Stirling FK8 1FA