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This week, a reminder of a download for autumn, and a look back at a book about the future.

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A seasonal download

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Autumn (PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Prayers and poems for autumn, taken from the book Acorns and Archangels, by Ruth Burgess. 6 pages.

The birch leaves are falling, Lord,
yellow diamonds on the green grass,
released in the autumn wind.
But I, Lord,
I still clutch tight the leaves of my old life,
useless, withered and dry.

Teach me to let go of the old —
old hurts and animosities, old troubles and grief.
Teach me to release them into the wind of your Spirit
to be whisked away,
that like the tree I may rest a while
at peace within,
then grow again in the spring.

Annie Heppenstall, 'Letting Go'

For more information and to see a list of contents


One from the past

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Love for the Future

(Book and e-book)

A journey

David Osborne

David Osborne tells the story of his long pilgrimage on foot from the middle of England to the island of Iona, and how he reflected along the way on the qualities we need to develop in ourselves for the journey we face into the future as we contend with climate change, pollution and diminishing resources.

He points to some of the spiritual resources available to us and suggests ways to develop our spiritual lives in order to grow in compassion, faith, hope and wisdom, while tapping into the energy of the Creator to work for the healing of the creation.

The book contains material for personal reflection and group discussion, pointers for further reading, and practical suggestions for a way of living in which we can make our own journey into the future with love.

Using the thread of a long walk from Shropshire to Iona, David Osborne weaves together autobiography, spiritual reflection, and passionate concern for the future of the earth threatened by irreversible climate change. A rare resource for all those people struggling to keep faith and hope going in the face of what feel like insuperable odds.
— Tim Gorringe, St Luke's Professor of Theology, Exeter University

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


Recently published books

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The Very Life of Life

A second year of daily reflections

(Book and e-book)

Tom Gordon

A second book of simple and direct reflections for each day of the year, to help us make sense of the 'very life of life' we are living today.

Tom Gordon is a former hospice chaplain, a storyteller, a member of the Iona Community and the author of several books.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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Olives and Obligations

Biblical stories, scripts and reflections – Genesis to Nehemiah

(Book and e-book)

Ruth Burgess

Olives and Obligations is a collection of stories, scripts and reflections written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others. The collection is based on the biblical books from Genesis to Nehemiah. Esther to Maccabees will follow.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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The Warriors Who Do Not Fight

(Book and e-book)

Alison Phipps & Tawona Sitholé

Poems for times of war and persecution, exploring what it means to resist; to suffer with; to bear witness; to seek companionship; to be part of the agony of a family made in love, and parting, separated by land, sea and paperwork.

Luminous, beautiful and sore. Poetry that is lyrical and tender, wounded and elegiac, probing and incantatory. And above all else life-affirming.
Karine Polwart, Scottish singer-songwriter

132 pages

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


Fundraising items

For more information about the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal ...

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Iona Calendar 2019

Photographs by Iain Sarjeant

The Highland Family Group of the Iona Community has produced this beautiful Iona calendar for 2019, in conjunction with photographer Iain Sarjeant. The calendar is 21cm x 21cm, and comes with a bonus picture of one of the more elusive places on Iona.

All profits from the sale of this calendar will go to the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal.

For more information

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Iona Abbey Easter Worship (audio download)

A live recording of the journey through Holy Week

The Iona Community

A recording of worship in Iona Abbey from Holy Week and Easter Sunday from the 1990s. Pay only £1 ex VAT and kindly add a donation of your choice to the fund at checkout (just below the shopping cart).

Available as two audio downloads of approximately 60 MB each

For more information and list of contents

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Iona of My Heart

Daily readings

(Book and e-book)

Neil Paynter

Inspiring human stories from Iona – of encounter, challenge, exchange, connection, transformation. Stories about people and the power of the Spirit … Four months of daily readings. Royalties go to the Iona Community’s Iona Abbey Capital Appeal.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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