Good company

Genesis 11:1-9; John 14:8-17

George MacLeod, founder of the Iona Community, said that in order to form community, people must be engaged in a “demanding common task.” In his case the task was to rebuild the accommodation areas of Iona Abbey. The group that he led included people with considerable formal education (trainee ministers), who were used to working with the written and spoken word, as well as people with little education—unemployed men from the most depressed parts of Glasgow who were manually skilled and practically minded. These men and women formed community out of purpose and in difficult conditions. In the late 1930s they shared what they had and learned from each other. They built with stone and with their lives, even though they could not know what the results of their work would be.


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