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A new - and very timely - book this week from Alison Phipps (aka Alison Swinfen, Iona Community member) and Tawona Sitholé; and another look at a DVD from the past.

Photo © David Coleman

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Just published

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The Warriors Who Do Not Fight

(Book and e-book)

Alison Phipps & Tawona Sitholé

In September 2015 the world woke up to the fact that people seeking refuge from war and persecution were drowning by their thousands in the Mediterranean. From sub-Saharan Africa and conflicts across the Middle East bodies moved, died or survived. Alison Phipps and Tawona Sitholé were working together in Ghana at the time, which is where this conversation in poetry began. In an echoing call and response they offer words for these times of war; ways of wondering 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.

Alison Phipps is UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts; Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow; and Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network.

Tawona Sitholé is a Zimbabwean writer and musician. He is Poet in Residence with the UNESCO Chair programme of Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow and is co-founder of Seeds of Thought, which promotes creative writing and performance.

This is a confluence of voices inspired by seemingly different, yet very similar, experiences, which forms a wholesome body that flows smoothly, massaging all your five senses.
Chirikure Chirikure, poet, Harare, Zimbabwe

A special offering from two gifted lovers of the Word. The Word as a healer’s bittersweet medicine for troubled hearts and minds. The Word as nourishing sounds and voices that take us back to ancestral time.
Kofi Anyidoho, poet and Professor of Literature, University of Ghana

Beautiful, heart-warming, poignant. I totally recommend this book.
Amal Azzudin, Glasgow Girl and human rights activist

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


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One from the past


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The Iona Community & Sermon in Stone DVD

The Iona Community

Two very informative films about the Iona Community.

The Iona Community: Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Hope was made in 2000. Even though now quite ‘old’, this film gives a good idea of life and work at the community’s centres on Iona and at Camas, where hundreds of visitors are welcomed each year. It also portrays some of the organisation’s activities on the mainland.

Sermon in Stone was made during the 1960s and includes film from the archives of the Iona Community showing the reconstruction of Iona Abbey from the late 1930s until the end of the 1960s. George MacLeod, the founder of the community, narrates.

For more information and to see a sample - Region 1

For more information and to see a sample - Region 2

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Some recent publications


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Strange Majesty

The hymns of Leith Fisher

(Book and e-book)

Douglas Galbraith (ed)

22 hymns (words & music) by Leith Fisher, who was a minister and a member of the Iona Community. Like most good hymns, these started life in a local parish or situation, and explore themes not easily found in the standard repertoire. They are set not only to known hymn tunes but to traditional Scottish melodies, including from the Hebridean tradition, which was a much-loved part of the author’s musical landscape.

Buy the book and e-book together and pay only £2 plus VAT for the e-book (instead of £5.10 plus VAT). PDF version only, to allow for printout of the songs for ease of use. The discount will show up during checkout.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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The Sound of Iona (CD and audio download)

Poetry and music inspired by the landscape

Kenneth Steven
With music by Wendy Stewart

An Iona soundscape: a melding of wind and waves, the laughter of children, the sounds of birds, and some of Kenneth Steven’s poems, with harp music by Wendy Stewart. For those who know Iona as much as for those who have always wanted to find a way of reaching Columba’s holy isle.

Runtime 26 minutes

For the CD and to listen to a sample

For the audio download version and to listen to a sample

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Known Unknowns

100 contemporary texts to common tunes

(Book)

John L Bell & Graham Maule

One hundred 21st-century hymn texts by John L Bell & Graham Maule that can be sung to familiar tunes.

Hymns, songs and psalm paraphrases by John Bell and Graham Maule - intentionally words only - with each item married to one or more tunes in any congregation's repertoire. A wide range of pastoral concerns is covered, including abuse, change, illness, dismay and healing. There is also a range of hymns on civic life, social justice and interfaith matters, as well as a healthy selection of songs on the life and ministry of Jesus and texts for the liturgical seasons.

For more information and to see a sample


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For an International Situation (PDF download)

Liturgies for healing 8

Rosemary Power & the Iona Prayer Circle

Digital download: A short liturgy addressing the wounds of our world and the dark places where people suffer and are oppressed, and asking for courage to challenge those who walk the corridors of power. With additional material on St Margaret of Scotland.

7 pages

For more information and to see a sample

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Fundraising items

For more information …


Iona Calendar 2019 download transspaser

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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