When you say that you are going to Iona, people always say how much they would like to go. I’ve lost count of my visits now – but it never fails to work its magic on me. This was the Celebration of the 1450th Anniversary of the arrival of St Columba on the island. I carry an etching of his voyage on the back of my pectoral cross so I am connected with it.
Bishop Kevin and I decided that we needed to make ourselves visible. It was remarkable – people just wandered up and talked. They came from all over the world ..
This is a peep through one of the new windows in the Chapel at Bishops’ House which I dedicated a couple of years ago. You can just see the Calmac ferry ..
And this is Bishops’ House with its new extension. It’s a residential centre and is part of the ministry of the Scottish Episcopal Church on the island.
It was a remarkable gathering – full of Irish connections of course. This is Susan Conlon, Irish Consul in Scotland
And these are our friends in the EMU partnership of churches – Revd Lily Twist of the Methodist Church and Revd John Humphries of the United Reformed Church
And it was a great pleasure to meet Inderjit Bhogal, Leader of the Corrymeela Community of Reconciliation in Ireland – which of course has very close links with the Iona Community.