What We Do
Our meetups are spontaneous events where we engage in spiritual conversations, art, music, and cultural exchange. These gatherings can take place in a church, a bar, a home, or even a public space such as a park.
Who We Are
A reconciling community of friends living out faith in a multi-cultural context.
Our spirituality is grounded in the Christian sacred writings, and we celebrate the diversity within all Christian tradition throughout the world.
We see the world as a spiritual place, and incorporate artistic elements such as painting, music, sacred silence, poetry, film, as well as traditional liturgical elements from the past and present.
We believe that God has spoken through the Bible and the created order. We acknowledge that a tension between the known and the unknown exists and there will be questions about God and faith that are not easily answered. For this reason we welcome and embrace spiritual curiosity as we seek answers together.
In 563 AD St. Columba arrived on the island of Iona located just off the Isle of Mull on the West Coast of Scotland. There he built his first Celtic church and established a monastic community. Once the Iona Abbey was erected, the Irish monk set about converting most of pagan Scotland and northern England to the Christian faith.
In August 2021 a film was released titled Respect. The movie chronicles the ascent of American recording superstar Aretha Franklin’s journey from a young child singing in her father’s church to international fame. The film’s title comes from a song written by Otis Redding, and later popularized by the late great ‘Queen of Soul’. The song’s lyrics ask two questions that are relevant to our topic.
What follows is a parable I use at Bridging that was recently published in The Coracle, the magazine of the Iona Community. Imagine that you are the largest cattle rancher in the state of Texas. Your daughter has been in California for the past two years, attending the University of California, Berkeley.