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Festival and Lecture to Celebrate St Columba

Friday June 10 2022

The Iona Community celebrates the life of St Columba this weekend with a one-day festival and a public lecture.

ColumbaFest comes on the first weekend after St Columba’s Day (June 9), when the Iona Community remembers the Irish monk who built his first Celtic church on the island of Iona.

The Rev Ruth Harvey, leader of the Community, said: “This is a special weekend in the life of the Community. It is a moment when we consider Columba as well as those who continue to work together for justice and peace, the rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship in Scotland and around the world”. 

This morning (Friday), BBC Radio 3 broadcast the breakfast programme from Fionnphort beach. The programme included The Treasure, a track by John L Bell performed by the Macappella Ceilidh Band and the Wild Goose Collective on the album “I Will Not Sing Alone”. You can listen to the programme on BBC Sounds.

Later today, at 4pm, Professor Alison Phipps, Member of the Iona Community and UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (RILA) at the University of Glasgow will give the Iona Community Lecture entitled “These Stones Will Shout Aloud”. 

Pinar Aksu and Dr Hyab Yohannes will also contribute to the lecture, discussing the importance of global voices to themes of climate justice, hospitality, faith and the integration of the whole of life.

To join the lecture live or online, go to the Iona Community website 

Tomorrow (Saturday June 11), the Iona Community and the Wild Goose Resource Group host ColumbaFest at Govan and Linthouse Parish Church, Glasgow. This urban festival will include a local pilgrimage, artistic expression, facilitated conversation, worship and communal singing.

Details and tickets for ColumbaFest are available here 

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