Boat ride to Staffa, south west Scotland, 2001
For many years thousands of people of different religious beliefs have travelled to the island of Iona off the northwest coast of Scotland for reflection, learning and inspiration. Iona means dove. It is the place of the dove and a place of peace and healing.
In 2001, after his first round of treatment for bowel cancer, my husband Darryl and I travelled Europe for six months. During our time in Scotland we spent idyllic days at Oban and travelled the royal road to Iona, took the boat ride out to Staffa where Mendelson is purported to have found inspiration
This island inspired Dr Francis Macnab, Executive Minister of St Michael’s and his congregation to create a nondenominational oasis of relief, joy and spiritual uplifting in the busy heart of Melbourne. Mingary is named for a place on the island of Mull, near Iona.
I too was inspired by the serenity of Mull and as Darryl weakens at a frightening rate I share, in this temple, much like the Abbey at Iona, a photo of our idyllic time there. It is memories such as this which are sustaining me here in our Mingary, the Temple of Solace.