St Columba’s conventicle

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Politics and religion are two subjects about which it can be unwise to offer opinions.

All religions have a mixture of good and bad points as do most political parties.

When dealing with history, too, there are some literal truths, which both ministers at last Sunday’s Keil St Columba’s conventicle appeared to skip past.

It was mentioned that the 6th century missionary based his teaching on a Bible written in Latin, but not that his name translated means ‘dove,’ a potent symbol of peace.

In addition, at that time before the schism with Rome, St Columba, who also spoke Gaelic, offered the pagan hordes an education and health service rolled into one, with its roots in Europe.

St Columba and his monks were the educated people of their time.

While the medicine might well have been rudimentary, it was based on the learning of the Roman empire. People would head to monasteries if they were sick or to seek guidance.

Perhaps St Columba’s unifying mission offers lessons for the 21st century United Kingdom.