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The exodus of an ancient community

The Rev Rory Macleod describes a twinning trip to Jordan, where churches are working with Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria.

IN June, Armadale-based TV engineer and church youth leader, Archie MacCalman, and I went to Jordan to establish a twinning between Strath & Sleat Parish Church on Skye and St Paul’s, an Arabic-speaking congregation belonging to the Anglican diocese of Jerusalem.

It all started with the eruption of the refugee crisis in 2015, precipitated by the civil war in Syria and the repercussions of the “Arab Spring”. Like many community groups, the elders of Strath & Sleat were anxious to help. A visit from the newlyappointed co-ordinator for Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees led to our seeking involvement at the sharp end.

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