Monthly Archives: August 2012

the iona community

The Iona Community was founded in 1938 by the Rev. George MacLeod, his vision growing out of his ministry in Govan Old, a congregation in an important shipbuilding area on the banks of the River Clyde.  MacLeod was called to be … Continue reading

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dove of the church

The Abbey at Iona was founded by an Irish abbot and missionary named Columba. Columba was born in County Donegal in the year 521. Born of the Irish clan of Niall, he came from a race of kings who had … Continue reading

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a wild beauty

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iona

Twenty-five years ago, Rob and I got as close to Iona as the port city of Oban.  We were poor graduate students at the time, traveling on a shoestring budget.  As a young seminarian, I had a vague knowledge of … Continue reading

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the fringe

The final leg of my sabbatical journey began as we arrived in Scotland.  After two days in Glasgow to sightsee and recover from jetlag we traveled by train to Edinburgh.  We are here to see our son, Sam, perform in … Continue reading

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the uplands today

With the building of Cumberland Medical Center, Uplands was free to reinvent itself.  In 1953, visitors suggested that Uplands might become a place for retiring career missionaries.  In 1956, the first retirement cottage was authorized.  Missionaries on fixed incomes, completing … Continue reading

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