The Caledonian Lecture
St Columba’s plays host to the Caledonian Lecture 2020. In 2018, ten of London’s, Scottish organisations – collaborated extensively to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. From those Scots in Great War London events, has grown the fledgling Scots in London association – an expanded collaboration of charities, clubs, congregations and businesses, who seek to enhance and promote the contribution that Scots continue to make in this most diverse and fast-paced capital city. Under the patronage of The Princess Royal, Wednesday evening’s Caledonian Lecture, held at St Columba’s, is the first event under the Scots in London banner. We hope, the first of many.
The subject of the lecture is Jane Haining, the Church of Scotland missionary, who died in Auschwitz, as a result of her loyalty and devotion to the Jewish schoolgirls in her care. It is an incredibly moving story of an ordinary woman, making an extraordinary contribution. To be reminded about faith and courage in time of prejudice and fear, is timely and inspiring. Mary Miller, author of Jane Haining: A Life of Love & Courage and our speaker does it full justice. The evening is scheduled to include Scottish and Hungarian music and words from both Hungary’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the British Ambassador to Hungary.
In response to this evening's event any donations to the Robert Burns International Foundation would be most welcome. You can donate here http://www.rbif.hu/fundraising/. A message from the Honorary President of RBIF, Sir Alex Fergusson can be found in the official programme.