GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNANCE WITHIN THE HEART OF
THE IONA COMMUNITY?
section consists of the text of correspondence with
Kathy Galloway, Leader of The Iona Community which took place in 2002/3. It addresses the source of direction of The Iona Community, and brings into the Light but one example
of the attempted fusion of the religion of politics; and the
politics of religion. A vivid example of this marriage appears in the articles written
by Wendy Alexander M.S.P. around August 2002 in Coracle, the magazine
of The Iona Community. Irrespective of future changes in the leadership of the Community the issues remain current until resolved by The Holy Spirit.
The message of the entire Wind of Change website is not a claim to
infallability, rather it is no claim whatsoever it
Correspondence with Kathy Galloway, Leader of the Iona
- First letter
- Second letter
- Third letter
- Kathy's reply and response
- January 2014. Letter to the Leader of The Iona Community dated 23/08/2013 regardindg an Exposition of the base spirituality of the sculpture in the cloisters of Iona Abbey. Please scroll down to the very end of this page for the five hyperlink menu options.
Text of personal Witness to Kathy Galloway dated 2th August
Leader of The Iona Community.
The Apostasy of Spirit or The Spirit of Apostasy?
The accompanying Muse entitled "Spirituality" comes
to you as a result of your "Leader to Leader" interview
in the current issue of Coracle.
The content of this letter is neither judgemental, or critical,
rather it is Witness. As such it does not seek or require acceptance.
It is not a claim to infallability, rather it is no claim whatsoever.
The author of the Muse is also that of this letter.
Firstly some questions. Did the apostle
Paul determine his own Damascus experience and hence his subsequent
ministry? Did George MacLeod decide of his own vision and will
to rebuild Iona Abbey? In other words which (or is it Who?)
is the greater -- the will of humankind or the Will of God?
You state in the
interview "We all have a spirituality, an inner life, but
the nature of that spirituality is shaped by what our hope is,
our ultimate concern if you like and
the spirituality will orient in that direction."
Such a mindset however well meant and in good faith is to place
the individual intellect and ego which give rise to human will,
before and above the Will of God. I note also that you spell
Spirituality with a small "s". Would we spell the word
God with a small "g"? What, or again is it Who is Holy
Spirit? Is this different from spirit spelled with a small "s"? Should it be? Need it be?
The crucial significance of this apostasy
for the Iona Community is that it is a continuation of the lie
contained within the phrase "rediscovery of Spirituality"
which is the false witness placed before the Community for several
years. The veiled implication therein is that the human being
can apprehend Being as Holy Spirit by an act of will individual
or collective, again no matter how pious or well intentioned.
This is to say that the human will can summon Cosmos. The logic
of the phrase is that I /we will (to) rediscover Spirituality.
The fact that the pronoun "I" precedes the word Spirituality
says it all!
You state that you would look for
"an integrated approach to life" rather than an integrated
approach to Spirituality. Is not The Holy Spirit embued in, as,
and for all Life as The All in All? Your logic wittingly or
otherwise states that life or is it Life is divorced from Holy
What then of Iona Community prayers
seeking not direction, but guideance for an integrated Witness
to society through action? No matter how apparently genuine or
well meant, if the heart within is saying "me" first
then spirit, Holy or otherwise how are we to recognise the answer
to the prayer using the "I" of the well intentioned
intellect and human will? Integration is not me (or you) first,
it is US together as Unity, Who is Cosmos.
We necessarily struggle against the
barriers of Faslane to good effect. Where is the counter-balance
in the recognition and preparation for the peace for which we
struggle? Where is the active preparation for justice not
only for humanity, but for Mother Earth as an integrated system?
To focus mainly or solely on the "battle for peace"
in the absence of active involvement in a Witness not for, but
AS Peace is like a child who would break a toy in two only to
find that half a toy just doesn't work for anybody.
The letter continues overleaf in the form of Muse. The origins
of this term are relevant. Thank you for reading what exactly?
(The Heavenly Marriage)*
To be married to the present
Is to be divorced in and from the future.
To be divorced from The Holy Spirit
Is to be married to the self.
To be married to the self,
Is ultimately to die. **
*Also The Song of Songs, and the union of Shakti and Shiva.
** This does not refer to or describe physical death.
The thrust of the Cosmic breath within my soul
The ache of a heart a' breaking still.
The Dream of Olwen smiling down
The Love that lost and ONE to Me.
This My Heart, My All I give
I lose, I live, in Thee!
So now deep Presence, still, within
Call soft, call long, call silent still,
And turn the hearts of men within
To where and how Thou art.
Still the waters, quiet the soul
And thus let the ghost of Spirituality
Merge with kith and kin, with heart and soul,
Down trodden, but not forgot!
My Divine mystery I now impart
But not to mind,or heart, or soul
Only to the listening still
The Spirit deep within,
The Heavenly Star on high.
Who am I? Why can't you guess
The Cosmos; nothing less!
Thus you will nver know my name
Lest you but hear my call
On summer's day and winter's thrall.
No definition of the intellect am I
I AM the experience of The Heart
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Text of second personal Witness to Kathy Galloway dated 27th
The Governance of Scotland
I write as an Associate Member of The Iona Community. Not so
much to make a suggestion as the recommendation that The Iona
Community host a half day community# experience having the same
title as this letter. This to be held in Stirling Castle as an
earnest of similar meetings throughout the Nation.
To which the response is why not? We have seen the will
as distinct from the power of the people demonstrated in recent
weeks in relation to our (?) intended war with Iraq. The issue
world wide is now the choice between Governance or government.
The former is stewardship of individual Nations, and hence the
planet. The latter is the mechanism of the State and hence ultimately
of the interests of global business. The planet is not a business,
it is The Lord's parish of Whom He is Creator and Steward.
This being so, what form of governance should / will The Iona Community
represent? That is to say, Witness before the Nation? We need
look no further than The Bible not only for the answer, but for
the entire history of the Governance of the planet of four Kingdoms.
In what way do the remaining secular monarchies of the world Witness
to The Monarchy of The Christ?
No one knew the strength of conviction of the people regarding
the intended war with Iraq until the day of global demonstration
not against war, but in support of peace.
Similarly, with the cry for the Governance of Scotia. This
is to declare and work towards Peace as distinct from a continuation
of the "battle* for peace" at the gates of Faslane albeit
necessary and productive. Such Witness will win the battle, but
not the war. Amen.+
Monarchy, being Divine Stewardship, the agenda, process and outcome
of the recommended assembly are already in place, all we need
do in Christ's Name and therefore in The Gift of Grace alone,
is assemble! Some may say that the very title of such an assembly
is politically incorrect as it implies independence and therefore
exclusion. The implication here is that Christ's discernment as
distinct from discrimination in choosing The Children of Israel
was and still is politically incorrect. It is to be remembered
that the purpose of such discernment was and still is the redemption
of all such Nations as choose The Christ as King. Amen.
We all know the saying "win some,
lose some". There is a less well known saying "those
who lose heart, lose all". What is happening to the Heart
of Scotia under the "reign of government"? The price
of Peace has already been met. The cost of Spiritual sloth
is war! Amen.
The sin is in not Witnessing when
felt called to do so, either as an individual or as community.
+Amen, throughout meaning The Lord's Will be.
# The broader community, being John and Jane The Common-weill,
but inclusive of those who perceive themselves to be otherwise.
* Only The Christ within chooses His or Her own ground. Thus and
only thus is there no enemy, and therefore no battle. Amen.
Circulation list (alphabetical order)
Wendy Alexander. -- Not as an M.S.P., rather as a private individual.
William Jamieson, Executive Editor, The Scotsman.
Angus Mackay. M.S.P. Edinburgh South
Roderick and Elizabeth MacLeod, a retired Church of Scotland minister
and his wife.
Iain MacGregor, a journalist to trade and freelance preacher
Andrew Prentice, management consultant, friend of the writer.
Rie Stevenson, Elder in The Church of Scotland, Canongate Kirk.
Alan and Maire-Colette Wilkie. Full members of The Iona Community
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Text of third personal Witness to Kathy Galloway
In the Name of The Christ and therefore in the Gift of Grace
"Let the people decide"
The foregoing imperative
completes the sentence and Blessing of the title of this Witness,
that is "Government or Governance within The Iona Community"
None of what follows is judgemental, it is a statement of fact.
On 25/8/02 you were sent a personal Witness entitled "The
Apostasy of Spirit or the Spirit of Apostasy?" following
your interview in Coracle relating to your appointment as leader
of The Iona Community. The author of the Witness was referred
to in the second paragraph. The vessel of the Witness has since
been made known to you. Your response has been silence regarding
this Witness and in relation to the Witness dated 27/2/03 entitled
"The Governance of Scotland". Silence is a most profound
response in the Realm of Spirit. There are several reasons for
this. For the moment let them be summarised as an absence of courtesy.
Such a response is however -- unacceptable.
Wendy Alexander also chose silence as her response to a second
recent Witness arising from her two articles in Coracle. Wendy's
silence confirmed the absence of an acceptable locus for her two
secular pieces. A copy of this Witness was sent to you.
In conclusion it is confirmed that The Silence of The Lamb reigneth
+ Amen throughout having the meaning God's Will Be.
1. 1997 General Election Communication
2. The Witness "The Apostasy of Spirit or The Spirit of Apostasy?"
Circulation (alphabetical order)
1.Wendy Alexander (MSP) as an individual.
2.William Jamieson, Executive Editor, The Scotsman.
3. Laura Mathers, widow of Kenneth Mathers, Minister of Iona Abbey
in George MacLeod's time.
4. Iain MacGregor, Editor of "The Scottish Patriot"
5. Angus MacKay, M.S.P. for Edinburgh South.
6. Roderick MacLeod a retired minister and his wife Elizabeth.
7. Andrew Prentice, management consultant.
8. Rie Stevenson, Elder in Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.
9. Alan & Maire Wilkie, full members of The Iona Community.
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Kathy's reply and response
Thank you for your various letters. It is true I have not replied
to them. I felt there was nothing useful I could say in response.
I am not at all sure that I even understood what you wrote. Nevertheless,
for any discourtesy you experienced, I apologise.
Having said that, I wish to make it quite clear that your letter
to Wendy Alexander I consider to be quite insupportable. It is
none of your business to lecture her on how, and under what title
she writes. She did exactly what was requested of her by the editor
of Coracle, who has the full confidence of the Community in who
she invites to write and how. That was to write from the perspective
of a serving politician, and one moreover who has had a lifelong
connection with the Iona Community. Of course you are free to
disagree with her article, but I hope she had the sense to ignore
your presumptuous instructions to her. The Community since George
MacLeod's time has a long tradition of inviting party politicians
of all parties to write for its publications, take part in its
conferences and engage in the dialogue which it has always had
with public and political life. We do not, as George MacLeod did
not, make false distinctions between the spiritual and the secular
- the secular is the locus for the operation of the spiritual.
As to your suggestions for the Governance of Scotia, we prefer
to continue with our working in partnership through the many existing
organisations which are concerned with these issues, and continue
our witness for peace at the gates of Faslane, which things are
the collective decisions and priorities of The Iona Community
I consider this correspondence now to be closed.
(Rev) Kathy Galloway
Leader of The Iona Community
cc. Ruth Harvey
The Wind of Change response; and summary observation made
on this web site:-
Thank you for your recent letter. God Bless.
- It is instructive to note that in her reply Kathy spells the
name of one of The Blessings of The Trinity, namely The Holy
Spirit; with a small "s".
- Kathy's statement "the secular is the locus of the operation
of the spiritual" is true in part. The definitive
The Spiritual is the locus not for, rather AS the Blessing
of the temporal.
A message to all Members and Associate Members of the Iona
Community, dated 11th March 2003
LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE!
The Governance of Scotia
In Christ's Name, and therefore in The Gift of Grace alone as
individuals we each have a responsibility for stewardship of The
Iona Community. Amen +
We also have a duty to uphold Christ's Name and therefore His
Will within the Community as Witness; as we are called. Amen.
This email originates in The Heart whatever this may mean to
each of us. Community is common unity or is it Unity? Is The Iona
Community as a mirror of The Nation of Scotia, a spiritual community
or a Spiritual Community? In these times need we be either?
Governance is The Lord's Stewardship of planet Earth. Government
is the mechanism of the State and hence ultimately of global business.
The planet is not a business it is The Lord's Parish of
four Kingdoms of Whom He is Creator and Steward. Amen.
The Scottish Executive's Web site "One Scotland" (www.onescotland.com)
attempts to create community by temporal means. Whilst this is
laudable it is to no avail. The Iona Community is the Spiritual
Blessing of Scotia as the embryo of Common Unity in these times
of global peril, politically and hence environmentally.
Common Unity is the Sovereignty of the people as The Christ within
us all as so choose. Hence the first two paragraphs of this letter
of Witness. To this end, or is it a beginning, please read three
letters of Witness sent to our Leader Kathy Galloway in recent
months. This Witness can be read on the Web site of The Wind of
Change in the "Inspirations" page. The entire site is
Witness to Community Unity in the twenty first century. Amen.
Letters of Witness to Wendy Alexander M.S.P. also appear in this
page of the Web site following Wendy's secular articles in Coracle.
They discuss her locus for such articles.
This Web site bears Witness to the damage being done to the Nation
of Scotia by the attempted fusion of the religion of politics
and the politics of religion. The full text of a related Green
Paper entitled "Sustainable Development or Sustainable Life?
- Let the Child Speak" can be read on this site. This Paper
speaks of the fusion of The Christ not with; rather as the people,
not in "solidarity", but as Unity. Amen.
The Wind of Change is a community building catalyst. The descriptive
material on the Web site is an earnest of Common Unity. Amen.
Thank you for reading this Witness. Amen.
+ Amen throughout having the meaning God's Will Be.
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An Exposition of the base spiriituality of The Sculpture entitled "The Descent of The Holy Spirit" located in the cloisters of Iona Abbey.
All five documents below can be printed off. Regarding documents 1 to 3, the printing enables a side by side comparison of the respectives points (A-J) raised in the first document with those of their expostiion contained in documents 2 and 3.. Some are PDF files whilst others are Microsoft Word documents. A little patience and experimentation may be required for successful printing.
Document numbers 4 and 5 relate to the outworking in the temporal domain of the base spirituality referred to above in the title of this section of the website.
If necessary please reduce the magnification of the documents displayed. This is done by placing the cursor in the bottom of the frame and selecting the "minus" or "plus" symbol displayed therein. Thank you.
Please click on the three documents in turn.
1. A reference only article held by the Abbey shop describing the sculpture and its provanence entitled "A Touch of Hastings in The Hebrides"
2. The first part of an alphabetic key giving an exposition of the base spriituality of this symbol items A to H (PDF file of newsprint.)
3. The second part of No2 above being the last two letter keys I and J.
4.Letter to The Leader of The Iona Community dated 23/08/2013 (The download is slow -- hang on for perhaps two minutes)
5. Letter to Iona Community Council dated 15/08/2013
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