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The Iona Community, from its beginning, has been engaged in work for peace and reconciliation. The need for that work is just as great now as it was then – if not more so. Neil Paynter has put together an inspiring new book of reflections and prayers on the subject.

We also have another new download from Blessed Be Our Table.

Finally, a correction. In the last newsletter, through a copy-and-paste error, it stated that Kenneth's Steven's book A Wee Book of Iona Poems was a PDF download, whereas in fact it is a printed book. Sorry about that! My only excuse is that I was about to go on holiday and had obviously gone into holiday mode a day early. I hope you weren't as confused as I was. The details of the book appear again below – in correct form this time.

Photo: Greenery near the Iona Heritage Centre © Danica Kramer


Just published

A Wee Book of Iona Poems transspaser

We Will Seek Peace
and Pursue It

Reflections and prayers for peace and reconciliation


Neil Paynter

A new book of readings, reflections and prayers about ‘the bombs and bullets and landmines we drop into the heart of other people’s lives’ – and the many good folk working for peace and reconciliation at home and abroad. It can be used for personal and group reflection or in worship. The title comes from one of the closing responses of the morning service in Iona Abbey:

Go in peace to love and to serve;
We will seek peace and pursue it.

Contributors are from among the members, associates and friends of the Iona Community and others from various grassroots organisations and communities.

Fore more information and to see a sample


Recently published

A Wee Book of Iona Poems transspaser

A Wee Book of Iona Poems


Kenneth Steven

These haiku-like poems arise out of Kenneth Steven’s perception of the Iona landscape. They have the sense of wonder, seeing, and being in the moment that many of us experience when spending time on this jewel-like island in a turquoise sea.

Iona has been Kenneth’s spiritual home since his childhood. He even learned to walk on one of the island’s beaches. He sometimes fears that there may be no more hidden corners to find, but there always are.

A lovely memento of a visit to Iona.

Fore more information and to see a sample


Another download from Blessed Be Our Table

Our Daily Bread download transspaser

Getting Our Teeth Into Things
(PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Graces, songs and readings relating to hunger, inequality, poverty and 'how to get our teeth into things' in all senses. Taken from the book Blessed Be Our Table: Graces for mealtimes & reflections on food, by Neil Paynter. George MacLeod, the founder of the Iona Community, said: ‘The mark of Christian spirituality is to get one’s teeth into things … Painstaking service to humankind’s most material needs is the essence of Christian spirituality. Yet it is only the spirit in which we do things that profits anything …’

21 pages

For more information and to see a sample

For the whole book Blessed Be Our Table

For the e-book Blessed Be Our Table



Resources for late summer and into autumn

Acorns and Archangels transspaser

Acorns and Archangels

Book and e-book

Ruth Burgess

A collection of resources for the late summer and autumn period of Ordinary Time, covering the weeks from the Feast of the Transfiguration to All Hallows’ Eve – prayers, stories, responses, songs, poems, reflections and meditations, written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book


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