Grey Goo of Inclusion
Open Letter to Kathy Galloway
of The Iona Community,
member of the clergy presently serving
people of Scotia.
tae us, wha's like us?
proportion of The Iona Community; and indeed the community at large in present day Scotland both young and old understand the origins and truth of this quotation, far less share it?
What proportion of Scottish society knows of, or cares for
the roots of our Spiritual; and therefore political heritage in this age of inclusion?
In politics and religion the inclusion of the spirit of those who by choice do not share the Blessing
of inclusion within The Christ of all humanity leads
to the exclusion of Self. Be that an individual,
community, or nation. This is so as we become like those with whom we identify.
An example of this is the spiritual
/ political pressure for "Holiday time" instead of Christmas
time. A more dramatic example was some years back was the removal of a
sculpture portraying The Ten Commandments from outside an
American courthouse which had been paid for by the presiding judge. This was the (apparent) removal of the very law of everyone's
God! Who is included, and who is consequently excluded by
such an act? Why and by whom?
Pictish Christian Church of Alba, which preceded Columba's
Church of Dalriada by over one hundred years did not "include" ---
it peacefully converted. It is only by the righteous assertion
of our God given heritage, which is inclusive of The True Self
that an individual, community or nation can serve others
as God intends. We crave a civic as distinct from an ethnic
community, and yet present day Christian denominations and
party politics reach out to spiritual and political influences
in Europe and further afield which seek to include our
nation of Scotia yes, but as a dichotomy not as Unity.
individuals and communities, the only way to Unity which
is global from the first faltering step is to Witness; not
against, but before other individuals, communities
and nations. For the Christian it is The Christ as The All
in All Who determines and manifests inclusion, not human
will however well intentioned. It is therefore the case
that the road to Unity is not peaceful.
opening sentence of this Witness does not seek to project
egotistical self interest, theology, culture or custom.
It urges a searching of the heart of our Community and nation
for our true inheritance in order that we may share it with
all humanity. The first step in this Witness of example,
is to encourage others to do likewise comparing notes as
we go. This is convergence; leading to inclusion of The
Christ -- within, both the individual and the community. The term community referring to family; organisations temporal and Spiritual; and thus to civic community as distinct from ethnic / religious statehood.
in the sense of racial, religious or political integration
is none other than the grey goo of exclusion and
non acceptance of our own God given differences. Spiritual
integration, otherwise known as ecumenism is the grey goo
of exclusion - of The Christ, and therefore of The Holy Spirit! The
exclusion of Spirit renders all human attempts at reconciliation
void whether between individuals, communities, nations or
global religions as distinct from the one global Faith.
The Gift of Jesus Christ is The Gift -- of Jesus Christ. Amen.
answers his own question which is posed in the first line
of this Witness in the second half of his poem:-
few, and they're a' deid, mairs the pity!
far back would Burns have us reflect? To his times, to Columba's
time - or even further into the past - or is it the future?
Who knows, Who cares!(rhetorical). What part in the final answer to Burn's
question will The Iona Community place before the Nation
of Scotia? Where, when, and how? Thank you for reading this
McLean, An Associate Member of The Iona Community.
The Wind of Change
2006. I withdrew; as distinct from departed from membership
of The secular Iona Community in 2004
list and notes .
open letter is placed before the Leader and membership of
The Iona Community as Current Issue No.3 on the under-noted
website. It is also placed before the nation, and
the present day clergy of all Christian denominations together
with the representatives of the other religions which form
part of the community of Scotland. The detailed background
which gives rise to this Witness as far as The Iona Community
is concerned is published in the under noted sections of
the Web site of The Wind of Change at
.) Current Issues No. 2 , "The Columban Church
and The Present Day Spirituality / Politics of Europe."
accessed from the navigation bar.
.) Site update of 1/9/03, accessed
from the navigation bar.
(no particular order)
Galloway, Leader of The Iona Community
Harvey, Editor of "Coracle", magazine of The Iona Community.
Alexander (M.S.P.) as an individual soul.
MacKay, recent M.S.P (do)
Jamieson, Executive Editor, The Scotsman
Jenkins, Head of News and Current Affairs, BBC, Scotland
Bryson, News Editor, Scottish Television
Ritchie, Scottish Political Editor, The Glasgow Herald
Monaghan, Religious Editor, Radio Forth
MacKay, Political Editor, Radio Forth
MacKenzie, Editor, The Oban Times.
Tucker, Editor, The Press and Journal
McCormack, Editor, The West Highland Free Press.
and Marie-Colette Wilkie, Members of The Iona Community.
Murdoch, Minister, Lismore and Appin Parish
MacGregor, Headteacher, Isle of Lismore School
Black, Isle of Lismore resident Historian.
of Lismore Community Web site Administrator.