IONA - SCOTLAND
JUNE 29th - JULY 9th 2007
Following a tradition begun in 1977, AAM held their Annual Conventionmet in Great Britain with the glorious cathedral city of Durham as their geographical and spiritual center for the week of July 2-8, 2007.
Taking a different emphasis from past conferences abroad, the 2007 Conference will reconnect with the roots of early British Christianity, with its early progress from Ireland, through Scotland and eventual connection in Northern England.
The Conference preacher, The Rev. Canon Rosalind Brown, enlighten us with talks on the character and theology of the northern saints. Daily liturgies in Durham Cathedral, a day in York Minster, and visits to Hexham Abbey and Lindisfarnel allowd us to participate in the opus Dei which has remained unbroken in this part of the world for 1500 years.
Cuthbert, Bede, Oswald and Aidan became more than people in history as the story of the Christian message unfolded and met, head-on, the Viking hordes of the 8th and 9th Centuries. Modern day musicians James Lancelot, Philip Moore and Richard Shephard lent their talents to enrich the liturgies and the musical knowledge during an extraordinary week.
For those who choose, the path of this pilgrimage it started on June 29 in the tranquility of the place where the Irish monk Columba first set up his monastery on the isle of Iona, with stops en route in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
With the leadership and guidance of Peter Baldwin of Charter Travel, the 2007 Conference Committee worked for almost three years to plan an unforgettable week of worship and fellowship amidst monumental Christian architecture and holy places, in the company of saints and the fellowship of AAM.
The Durham Conference was limited to 200 participants, with main accommodation at St. Chadís College, adjoining the Cathedral Close. Alternative hotel arrangements were offered.
CHRIST IS THE MORNING STAR WHO WHEN THE NIGHT OF THIS WORLD IS PAST BRINGS TO HIS SAINTS THE PROMISE OF THE LIGHT OF LIFE AND OPENS EVERLASTING DAY
Venerable Bede (673-735)