A practical leader’s guide to delivering art and wellbeing sessions to the community. 'This is a daring book. It dares us to help people engage with the deep spirituality that comes from getting your hands dirty. Art is not just an ‘add on’ to life. It is essential to helping us articulate where we came from, who we are and who we hope to be.'
John Bell & Wild Goose Resource Group
From a black Jesus to a great lake of beer; the Highland clearances to Protestant iconoclasm; the pandemic to paedophilia … just a sample of the wide-ranging issues covered in this collection of short broadcast pieces and longer festival seminars. And through them all – faith, hope, life and love.
Care For Creation
This series of 40 full-colour visionary paintings, poems and reflections highlighting issues of climate justice and asking ‘How can we bring about positive change together? was first shown at COP26 by Tearfund. It can be used in a reading or action group, in church worship or for personal contemplation.
A celebration of Camas, the Iona Community’s outdoor activity centre on the Isle of Mull. With its emphasis on creativity, connection with nature, community and outdoor spirituality, Camas has enriched and inspired the lives of many young people and adults, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Meditations & Reflections
Reﬂections, poems, prayers and other liturgical resources written by those supporting refugees in their communities and by refugees themselves. Reflects on the Christian requirement to act justly and deal rightly with the stranger in our midst, seeking the face of Christ in each person.
Delicate lyric poems inspired by stories of St Columba and the island of Iona. Redolent of an age of wonder in which the natural world and the elements were perceived to be in harmony with the divine.
An updated and revised version of Ian Bradley's acclaimed biography of Columba, which examines Columba's character, life and achievements and explores the key themes of Columban Christianity – politics, penitence and pilgrimage.
Issues & Inspirations
A book of personal stories exploring how Iona Community members live out the commitment to justice, peace and wholeness which is part of the community Rule. It tells of extraordinary actions from ordinary folk as they campaign, offer hospitality and stand alongside those on the margins of society.
Transgender Anglican priest Rachel Mann tells the story of how she searched for her authentic self, dying many kinds of ‘death’ in the process and discovering that darkness is as much a positive place as a negative one. New revised edition with added material.
Meditations & Reflections
A book of reflections, meditations and prayers for Advent and Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, Ascension and Pentecost arising out of conversations about faith, love, doubt and hope.
Issues & Inspirations
A guide to a pilgrimage route in one of the most majestic landscapes in the UK, that of the Lake District. Also provides an historical backdrop to the region and St Kentigern, who is also known as St Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow.
The life story (so far) of Alex Clare-Young, the first out transgender minister in the United Reformed Church. Includes resources and activities to encourage individuals and groups to explore the subject of gender identity.
Updated edition of this guide to St Cuthbert's Way that brings the landscape to life through a wealth of stories and personalities. Includes a look at early Celtic and Anglo-Saxon spirituality, the more recent history of the Borderlands and the flora and fauna to look out for along the route. 2019 edition.
A collection of Donald Eadie's reflections, letters, prayers and poems relating to the letting go of his old life as a result of illness and becoming a pilgrim in the borderlands, the place of exploration and discovery.
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 '
Challenges us to think more deeply about the human condition and our choices in this time of ever-increasing climate disturbance. 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.
A few years ago the world woke up to the fact that people seeking refuge from war and persecution were drowning by their thousands in the Mediterranean. This conversation in poetry offers 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.
A book of readings, reflections and prayers about 'the bombs and bullets and landmines we drop into the heart of other people's lives' - and the many good folk working for peace and reconciliation at home and abroad. It can be used for personal and group reflection or in worship.
The spiritual encounter with the 'otherness' that Christians call God is part of the experience of being human, recognised down the ages. In this book you will find a wide variety of spiritual experiences openly explored - from the mystical to the practical, from very personal reflections, to stories with passion for social justice.
Aimed at all concerned about the environment, this book presents a radical vision of the future of farming and community life, based on hidden insights from the life and spirit of the soil and on the author's experiences of growing up in the small, agricultural community of Clatt in North-East Scotland. With a Foreword by Alastair McIntosh, author of Soil and Soul.
This anthology shares the best of Alastair McIntosh's BBC radio Prayer and Thought for the Day pieces from nearly a decade. Here is that of God, transcendent, yet also here and now, immanent, within the day's hard news. Alastair is a Quaker and author of books including Soil and Soul and Island Spirituality.
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.
The labyrinth as a tool for contemplation and inspiration continues to gain popularity in today's world. For those who want to learn more and perhaps use the labyrinth in their own situation, this book offers ideas and examples of its use in various contexts, from schools and universities to hospices and secure hospitals.
An original collection of stories, reflections, meditations, poems, songs and dialogues about recalling the wisdom of our own childhood thoughts and being open to what children in our midst have to share with us about God, faith, life, death and spirituality.
What becomes of faith in God when bad stuff happens? How do we react when we realise that, for all its glories, this world can be a dark, dangerous and disappointing place? Peter Longson's honest, unflinching exploration of the nature of evil and its consequences for life and faith leads him to some surprising and liberating conclusions about the nature of God.
Daily readings for four months from a wide range of contributors within the Iona Community which can be used for group or individual reflection and are intended to inspire positive action and change in our lives.
In 2004, the Iona Community became concerned that many of those who could bear witness to its early days were by then in their 70s or 80s. As a result, they commissioned an oral history project, so that their testimonies would not be lost. This book is based on the recordings of their stories.
A companion to the remembered gospel which aims to encourage and support those who want to work with the remembered Bible process with ordinary people in any place. Includes more than fifty starters for RB sessions, practical suggestions, and examples of prayers and reflections that have grown out of RB.
Through conversations and connections Joy Mead explores the true meaning of community - beyond the jargon of ''community cohesion'' and the ''Big Society''.