Ian Milligan is a member of a small Christian community based in East Pollokshields in Glasgow which he co-founded with 4 others. The community has been in existence for nearly 40 years and many of the original members were encouraged by Jim and his teaching about the gospel and the Kingdom. Jim introduced Ian, as many others, to a range of literature and theology about Christian community, including pointing us towards the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition and the writings of contemporary Mennonites such as John Yoder (Politics of Jesus) and Alan Kreider.
Many of us had first got to know Jim as young people attending Scripture Union camps in Scotland and subsequently to work with Jim and Bob Johnston in FYT camps in Scotland (see www.ftyscotlandhistory.org.uk )
Ian worked as a volunteer and youth worker for FYT in Scotland in the mid-1970s and subsequently he worked in children’s homes. He then moved into adult education, teaching social care and social work at Langside College and Strathclyde University in Glasgow. Ian is a senior lecturer at Strathclyde and works as International Advisor for CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland. CELCIS is a Scottish-government funded resource centre delivering training, research and consultancy for staff and organisations which provide homes and care for children separated from their families. Ian has published on policy and practice around children in care in Scotland and internationally.