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This week we have a new updated edition of Mary Low’s companion to walking St Cuthbert’s Way, a pilgrimage route that runs from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to Holy Island, Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumberland.

We are often asked for prayers, liturgies or blessings for weddings and partnership ceremonies and we have just published a new set of blessings for such an occasion from Martin Wroe.

Photo - north end, Iona © David Coleman


Just published

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St Cuthbert’s Way (new edition)

A pilgrims’ companion

(Book & e-book)

Mary Low

There’s nothing like putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, in all weathers, for getting you in touch with the things that really matter.

St Cuthbert’s Way runs from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to Lindisfarne, Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland. This book, designed as a Pilgrims’ companion, presents

– Information essential for walking the Way
– A field guide to places of interest along the route
– An introduction to St Cuthbert and his world
– Songs, meditations and stories
– Ideas and resources for a contemporary pilgrimage experience

While other guides major on directions, this one brings the landscape to life through a wealth of stories and personalities, while leaving you free to experience your own pilgrimage for yourself. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in early Celtic and Anglo-Saxon spirituality, the more recent history of the Borderlands and the flora and fauna to look out for along the way.

Mary Low is a writer and independent scholar with a long-standing interest in the religious and spiritual traditions of Scotland and Ireland. She has lived near Melrose in the Scottish Borders for most of her life. Her other books include Celtic Christianity and Nature and Cherish the Earth. This new and thoroughly revised edition of St Cuthbert’s Way brings her unique Companion up to date for a new generation of readers.

‘What Mary Low’s book does is to give a rich context for one specific pilgrimage, and in a way accessible to pilgrims of all faiths and those beyond faith. She connects St Cuthbert’s Way pilgrimage with the searching and yearning common to all humanity.’
– Mary Grey, former editor of Ecotheology magazine

‘Here is a chance to walk with many people of history in a land of beauty touched by the Eternal.’
– David Adam

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


New download

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Blessed Is the Love (PDF download)

Seven blessings for a wedding or partnership

Martin Wroe

Digital download: Seven blessings for a wedding or partnership, with each stanza one line longer than the previous. Includes an introduction. 3 pages.

Blessed is this earth beneath our feet,
Spinning rock of light in endless sky.
Every life seeking peace, every day till we die.
Blessed are those lives we no longer see.
The ones who were with us and still never leave.
Blessed is the love that holds us together
To have and to hold, for ever and ever.

Martin Wroe is a sometime contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, and is the author (with Malcolm Doney) of Lifelines: Notes on Life & Love, Faith & Doubt (Unbound). He has also written for The Independent and The Observer. Martin is a Priest in the Church of England and is an associate of the Iona Community.

For more information

For all wedding and partnership downloads


More resources for Pentecost

For all Pentecost downloads

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Pentecost as a Template (PDF download)

A Bible study

Ian M Fraser

A Bible study that looks at how hierarchy in the church is a late and dodgy development. At Pentecost a community of brothers and sisters in Christ came into being ‘all one in Christ Jesus’. The whole church, not just official appointees, needs to make a new start, with women and men imaging the church with Pentecost as the corrective template. 5 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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That All May Dance (PDF Download)

A simple liturgy for Pentecost to Trinity Sunday

Chris Polhill

Digital download: A liturgy suitable for any time between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. 5 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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Worship Resources for Pentecost (PDF Download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Prayers, responses, readings, meditations, songs and a biblical reflection for Pentecost, taken from the book Fire and Bread by Ruth Burgess. 19 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

For the complete book Fire and Bread: Resources for Easter Day to Trinity Sunday


Recently published

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Into the Foothills of Transformation

(Book & e-book)

Donald Eadie

Shortly after becoming Chairman of the Birmingham District of the Methodist Church, Donald Eadie was told that he had a degenerative disc disease. Following three major spinal operations, he was forced to retire, and to face the letting go of identity and role, feelings of marginalisation and abandonment – living with the death of the old life, and not being able to imagine a new one with meaning and purpose. Into the Foothills of Transformation is a collection of Donald’s reflections and journal writings, and letters, prayers and poems.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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The Warriors Who Do Not Fight (Audiobook)

Alison Phipps & Tawona Sitholé

Audio download version with voices, and original music by Gameli Tordzro.

In a time when people seeking refuge drown by their thousands in an attempt to escape war and persecution, Alison Phipps and Tawona Sitholé have created a conversation in poetry about 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.

For more information and to listen to an extract

For the print version or the e-book version

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(Book & e-book)

Kenneth Steven

A new collection of poems inspired by the landscapes of Scotland and beyond, and dedicated to Kenneth’s late sister, peace activist Helen Steven: ‘She was Scotland to me …’

The poems are full of shining images of land and sea, and of echoes of the people who once lived in these wild and remote places; a potent reminder of the history in our geographies.
Kathy Galloway

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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Field With a View

Science and faith in a time of climate change

(Book & e-book)

Katharine M Preston

Katharine Preston challenges us to think more deeply about the human condition and our choices in this time of ever-increasing climate disturbance. She writes for scientists leery of faith, people of faith who know and love the miracles of science, and anybody who shares the vision of the planet as a sacred community.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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