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I'm surprised at that. The Iona Community website says, "The Iona Community is a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship." (my bold). I've met some Christians who do not consider themselves "religious", but I've yet to meet an atheist who want to be "working for ... the renewal of worship". Unless they're a liberal atheist? JohnS (talk) 17:46, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
All current Members1 of our Community declare a Christian Faith each year as part of a annual membership renewal. We are challenged and are challenging the way worship is conducted, what church means, the church relevance to Christian communities today; in doing so to suggest other ways to have inclusive worship, Christianity and find new ways to touch the hearts of all. 1 A member is Hallowed and gives undertaking to the rule of the Community and reconfirms each year with a "Withus process". there are Associates and Friends membership  --Britishleo (talk) 09:37, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
POV and sources
I've removed one or two of the more POV statements, and bits and pieces that sound as if they're pulled straight out of marketing material. Mostly, though, this article is badly in need of some citations. I suspect the community does infact fulfil the general notability guidelines, but it needs decent independent sources to back this up, as currently the whole article is unsourced, and the only external links are to Ionian publications and websites. Therefore, until notability can be established with secondary sources, I have added the notability template. --188.8.131.52 (talk) 17:42, 13 November 2009 (UTC)
- Good points. And good work in removing some of the marketing-like phrases. The lack of references primarily needs an 'unref' tag, so I've added one. The Community is certainly notable and known in world-wide Christian and church circles; I'll try to dig up some refs. Meanwhile, given the 'unref', the 'notability' now seems superfluous. Thanks again. Feline Hymnic (talk) 20:37, 13 November 2009 (UTC)
I removed the phrase "Their name derives from one of the ancient Irish symbols for the Holy Spirit." I was informed by a member of the Iona Community that this is a widespread legend. The Wild Goose was chosen because of geese observed over the island. And the goose was certainly never a symbol for the Holy Spirit in Ireland. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 18:57, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
The soldier of Christ idea goes back much further than Martin of Tours. Look at Ephesians 6: 10-18. Incidentally, the words Miles Christi are mainly known to the members of the community as the title of a prayer/meditation book in which all the members of the community are listed, grouped under the days of the month, and each day some of them are the focus of the community's prayer. Anecdotally, George MacLeod was once asked why he called the book Miles Christi and not Milites Christi (i.e. soldier rather than soldiers). He is supposed to have answered, it's because when he started, he was the only one. --Doric Loon (talk) 16:10, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
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