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A couple of golden oldies
Outside the Safe Place
An oral history of the early years of the Iona Community
As the Iona Abbey renovations of the last few years approach their conclusion, take a look back with this book at the roots of the Iona Community and how the current use of the Abbey began, more than 80 years ago.
The country is bankrupt, the gap between rich and poor is widening, the church has retreated from the inner cities, and even in the more affluent suburbs many young people see the church as irrelevant – out of touch.
No, it’s not the 21st century. It’s 1938. And a man called George MacLeod, and a group of like-minded friends and colleagues, have a vision of how to put the church with its message of good news to the poor right back at the centre of life. To make it speak again to ordinary people.
In 2004, the Iona Community became concerned that many of the people who could bear witness to its early days were by then in their 70s or 80s. As a result, they commissioned an oral history project, so that their testimonies would not be lost. This book is based on the recordings of their stories.
Jesus and Peter
John L Bell / Graham Maule
A book of John and Graham’s much-loved and widely imitated unrecorded dialogues between Jesus and his eager disciple, Peter – perfect as discussion starters or scriptural reflections in small groups, church services and personal study.
The scripts have all emerged from national and local situations where the authors and the Wild Goose Worship Group have been asked to lead worship. In true Wild Goose Resource Group tradition, these scripts are presented in completely up-to-date language and give a dynamic modern perspective on perennial issues such as faith, money, marriage, vocation, sex, healing, taxes, ecological concern, commitment, children, the kingdom of heaven, and much more.
Nature, Life and Being (PDF download)
A meditative look at climate change, the sacrednesss of all life and human responsibility
Digital download: This meditative look at climate change, the sacrednesss of all life and human responsibility inspires us to be attentive, caring and empathetic with all beings with whom we share the sacred space of the earth. Despite a sometimes seemingly hopeless situation, we do have solutions within our grasp:
Look at your own hands,
small but with infinite possibilities.
Big problems need small solutions.
Put out your hand to those who have gone.
Their wisdom and faithfulness stays with us.
Be prophetic and creative;
reach out to those
who are to come
with love in your heart.
Bread for the Road (PDF Download)
A month of daily readings from Coracle
Neil Paynter (ed)
Digital download: A month of daily readings from Coracle: the magazine of the Iona Community, and from the Iona Community e-zine, to use in your daily discipline.
From the Introduction of Bread for the Road:
‘As a culture we are travelling at an increasingly frantic pace each day. So we need bread: nourishment, moments to help centre and still us. Snatches of hope and wonder. Energy and inspiration to keep us on the Way.’
Journeys in Community
Father-daughter conversations about faith, love, doubt and hope
John Harvey & Ruth Harvey
A book of reflections, meditations and prayers for Advent and Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, Ascension and Pentecost arising out of conversations about faith, love, doubt and hope.
This book began as a birthday gift. For her 50th birthday Ruth asked her family not for material presents, but for gifts of time and experiences. What followed included long talks with her father about the deep stories of their shared spiritual journey.
John and Ruth write: ‘It has been a privilege to spend time in each other’s company around the kitchen table and in a chilly Glasgow study. For us it has been a profound experience. We hope that in sharing a part of this story, it may encourage others on a similar journey of shared gifts and faith.’
John Harvey is a retired minister of the Church of Scotland who was part of the experimental Gorbals Group Ministry. He has been a member of the Iona Community since 1964, and has served as Warden of Iona Abbey and as Leader of the Community.
Ruth Harvey is the Leader of the Iona Community. Previously she was Director of Place for Hope, a Scottish charity accompanying churches and faith communities through times of challenge, change and conflict. She is a minister in the Church of Scotland and a Quaker.
‘This book will welcome you home,
with justice, courage, humour and delight.’
Pádraig Ó Tuama, former Leader of the Corrymeela Community
Voices Out of Lockdown
Jan Sutch Pickard (ed)
During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in spring 2020, many people turned to writing: diaries, letters, cards, poems. Human words, sent out across the void of our isolation, shouted into the storm over which we had no control. What we could do was communicate with each other, raise our voices against the silence of separation, argue with our own doubts, call out to God, express our fragile hope.
Here are the voices of just a few – members and associates of the Iona Community – with poems, psalms, songs, affirmations of faith and prayers written during a full and fraught ten weeks.
We offer these human words believing that when the darkness seems overwhelming, light dawns; that into the silence of our worst fears God speaks a living Word.
Jan Sutch Pickard is a member of the Iona Community, 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. Her other books include Out of Iona, A Pocket Full of Crumbs, Walking Through Advent and Sing But Keep On Walking.
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