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This week we have an exciting new book by Katharine M Preston, which addresses our place in the natural world and our choices in the face of increasing climate disturbance.

There's also a new download by Thom M Shuman for Lent and Holy Week. For World Water Day (March 22nd) we have some resources to suggest along with a reminder of more downloads for Lent.

Photo © David Coleman


New book

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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.

Moved by the landscapes surrounding her home, Wild Orchard Farm, and drawing on both her ecological and theological training, 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.

Katharine studied anthropology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University, learning from indigenous American cultures about the place of humans in the natural world. She went on to gain a Master’s in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Master’s of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. She and her husband, John Bingham, live in Essex, New York and are active associates of the Iona Community.

Fascinating theological reflection – grounded in the real world, and in the greatest crisis of our time on earth. I’m so glad someone is asking these questions.
Bill McKibben
Author Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

There will be more books like this. There have to be. But read this one now, and be uplifted by Katharine’s sense of wonder, fed by her scientific and theological literacy, her experiential reasoning, and her realistic and timely passion for the Earth and all its creatures in this, our age of accelerating climate crisis.
David Coleman
Environmental Chaplain with Eco-Congregation Scotland

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


New download

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Fasts and Feasts (PDF download)

Very short readings for Lent and Holy Week

Thom M Shuman

Digital download: Very short reflections for each day of Lent and Holy Week on how it seems easier to abstain from the very things we should be doing, rather than from those we shouldn’t.

every morning,
i pour a big bowl
of grudges
for breakfast, leaving
the box of
unopened on the

Thom M Shuman is the author of Christmas Eve in the Diner, The Jesse Tree, Gobsmacked, and The Soft Petals of Grace (Wild Goose). He lives in Columbus, Ohio where he serves as a transitional pastor. He is an Associate member of the Iona Community.

19 pages

For more information


Download for World Water Day

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Living Water (PDF download)

Some worship resources

Various contributors

Digital download: 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation (UN figures). Here are some worship resources for putting together a service on water, and some suggestions for taking action. 11 pages.

For more information and to see a sample


More downloads for Lent

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Walking the Wilderness (PDF & PPT download)

A Communion liturgy for the season of Lent

Pat Bennett

Digital download: A Communion service for Lent, focusing on journeying through the desert, exploring our own uncharted places and making new choices for the future.

There is also a PowerPoint version of this download and a combined PDF and PowerPoint download.

7 pages

For more information and to see a sample

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Daily readings for Lent and Holy Week (PDF download)

Thom M Shuman

Digital download: Reflections for every day of Lent and Holy Week by pastor/poet Thom Shuman. 72 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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Come Dancing (PDF download)

Bible study and reflection for Lent

Ian M Fraser

Digital download: A biblical reflection on the true meaning and application of fasting in Lent, and the similarities between preparing for Easter and a certain TV ballroom-dancing contest. 4 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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Prayers, Meditations, Reflections and Activities for Lent (PDF download)

Sally Foster-Fulton

Digital download: A variety of worship and group resources for the Lent period, including a couple of all-age activities. 18 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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Iona Abbey Easter Worship (Audio download)

A live recording of the journey through Holy Week

The Iona Community

Digital download: A live recording of worship in Iona Abbey from Holy Week and Easter Sunday from the 1990s (originally published as an audio cassette), now made available again to help with the fundraising effort to renovate Iona Abbey. Pay only £1 ex VAT and kindly add a donation of your choice to the capital appeal fund at checkout (just below the shopping cart).

For many years visitors to Iona have longed to capture the essence of the island. This live recording from the mid-1990s does just that, allowing the listener to drop in on worship during the most holy of weeks.

For more information


Recently published

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Liturgical resources for February, March and April including Lent and Holy Week

(Book & e-book)

Ruth Burgess

Spring is a liturgical resource book that covers the months of February, March and April. It includes prayers, responses, stories, songs, poems, liturgies, reflections, scripts and monologues for the major Christian festivals and fast days of Lent and Holy Week, as well as for Candlemas, Fair Trade Fortnight and Earth Day. The material is written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others.

Bless to us, O God,
the fragility of snowdrops,
the blossoming of orchards,
the dancing of bees.

Bless to us, O God,
the smudge of ashes,
the Lenten journey,
the blazing Easter fire.

Bless and silence us with wonder,
O God of hope and justice.
Gift us with courage.
Warm and quicken us with love.

Ruth Burgess

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


For all Lent & Easter books

For all Lent & Easter downloads

Lent and Easter books


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