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Former Iona Abbey Warden Jan Sutch Pickard has a new book of her poems – arising out of her life in the West of Scotland and her travels to places such as Israel and Palestine where she has twice served as a peace monitor.

There's also a reminder of a musical setting of an affirmation of faith from the Iona Abbey Worship Book, suitable for congregation and choir.

Photo: Crossing Mull on the way to Iona © David Coleman


Just published

A Pocket Full of Crumbs transspaser

A Pocket Full of Crumbs

(Book and e-book)

Jan Sutch Pickard

Poems of strong and well-crafted connections – between communities in the West of Scotland and the West Bank Palestinian territories; between prayer and politics; between a lyrical delight in the natural world – and down-to-earth living, observed with warmth and humour.

‘It’s a terrible habit,’ Jan Sutch Pickard writes, ‘putting food into my pocket. This keeps happening: where the midpoint of an Iona Community pilgrimage is marked by welcome flapjack; at beach picnics with my family sharing sandy sandwiches. When I was an Ecumenical Observer, a peace monitor, on the West Bank, I was given flatbread from the taboon – the earth-oven – of my Muslim neighbours; in West Jerusalem, the Women in Black shared cookies at the end of a stressful demonstration; after church in Nablus, Palestinian Christians lingered over coffee: but I’m not good at eating and talking. The morsels go into my pocket – and later become food for the birds.’

This collection of poems can be compared to such crumbs – from many sources.

Jan Sutch Pickard is a former Warden of Iona Abbey, a storyteller, liturgist and Methodist lay preacher. She has twice served as a peace monitor with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

For all other items by Jan Sutch Pickard


One that got away

The Feast of the Christ Child transspaser

Affirmation of Faith
(PDF download)

Set to music for congregation and choir
with optional organ accompaniment

Thomas Lloyd

Digital download: An affirmation of faith from the Iona Abbey Worship Book set to music originally composed for the choir and congregation of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

The congregation sings its own part in unison (included on a separate page) while the choir sings supportive harmony around the congregational part. It is intended to be sung without accompaniment, but an optional supportive organ or keyboard part is also provided.

To hear this affirmation being sung by the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral choir, listen to the audio sample at side of the description page for this item. Or to see a video of this, go to http://www.thomaslloydmusic.com/iona-affirmation-of-faith.

Thomas Lloyd is a classical conductor, composer, and singer. He is currently a Professor of Music at Haverford College and Director of Music at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

8 pages

For more information and to see and listen to samples

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