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Iona Community Leader to Speak on Healing and Reconciliation

Tuesday October 20 2020

The new leader of the Iona Community will explore healing and reconciliation in this year’s Denis Duncan Lecture.

Communities across the globe are under immense strain. The economic, social and environmental rifts opened up by covid-19 expose the gulf in our society between the rich and the poor, those with access to power and choice, and those without.

In the lecture, to be held online on November 16, Ruth Harvey will draw on her experience as a mediator and lifelong commitment to the Rule of Life of the Iona Community, to look at how faith communities can offer healing and reconciliation in the world today.

The event will also mark the launch of the Healthy Healing Hub project in Scotland, which aims to resource and support churches to carry out the command of the Lord to make disciples and to heal.

Gillian Straine, Director of the Guild of Health and St. Raphel, a Church of Scotland partner organisation, will introduce the new project, which will deliver a range of online training resources, mentoring with Gillian and her team, and online learning communities along with traditional bible study and reflection materials. The project will also be launched with a brand-new podcast series, a prayer portal for members and a new membership offer for everyone interested in encouraging faith and health.

As with previous years, there will be a panel to respond to the lecture as well as answer any questions as they come in. The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, will join the panel this year, alongside Ruth and Gillian. 

You can register for the online lecture here


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