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A new download relating to racial justice this week, and some suggested material for the International Day of Older Persons which falls on October 1st. There is also a prayer arising from the recent Wild Goose authors’ week on Iona.

Photo © David Coleman


New download

Racial Justice download transspaser

Racial Justice
(PDF download)

A reflection and a prayer

Iain & Isabel Whyte

Digital download: A reflection and a prayer relating to racism and the need to work for racial justice.

Iain Whyte is a human rights activist with long-term experience of Africa. He is currently researching and writing on historical slavery and abolition and is involved in today’s Anti-Slavery International. He is a retired Church of Scotland minister, a member of the Iona Community and author of Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838, Edinburgh University Press.

Isabel Whyte is currently engaged in conflict transformation through the ecumenical organisation Place for Hope. She is a retired teacher and Healthcare Chaplain and is a member of the Iona Community.

6 pages

For more information and to see a sample


International Day of Older Persons

1st October

Growing Older download transspaser

Growing Older
(PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Reflections, stories, a reflective prayer and a personal liturgy that can be adapted for group use, all relating to the later years of life. Taken from the book Moments of Our Nights and Days, by Ruth Burgess.

For more information and to see a sample

For the complete book Moments of Our Nights and Days: Liturgies and resources for baptisms, weddings, partnerships, friendships and the journey of life

For the e-book version

Liturgical Resources on Ageing download transspaser

Liturgical Resources on Ageing (PDF download)

Tom Gordon & Jane Rogers

Digital download: Reflections, stories, responses and a liturgy relating to ageing, taken from the book Holy Ground, by Neil Paynter and Helen Boothroyd.

20 pages

For more information and to see a sample

For the complete book Holy Ground: Liturgies and worship resources for an engaged spirituality

For the e-book version

A prayer from the Wild Goose authors’ week on Iona

One of the recent weeks on Iona gave guests a chance to meet and interact creatively with some of our authors – Jan Sutch Pickard, Sally Foster-Fulton, Tom Gordon and Neil Paynter. This prayer was written by those of the group who led the guest service during the week:

God, help us to listen for your voice …

in the words of the Bible,
in the cries of the poor,
in the testimony of saints,
in the warnings of prophets,
in the questions of children and young people,
in everyday conversations with our neighbours,
in words unsaid,
in the movement of breath …

God, sometimes your voice
may not be a voice at all.
God, help us to hear you

in the sound of the sea,
in the crash of the wind when the ferry's cancelled,
in the rustle of leaves and the sweep of a cleaning brush,
in the laughter and debate of birds in the cloisters.

Help us to sense you

in the smell of grass after a rain.
in the colours of the sea.
in the tang of salt spray.
in the touch of a stranger.

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