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.
A new, smaller-format edition of Ewan Mathers' beautiful photographs depicting in detail the carvings of the restored cloisters of Iona Abbey, with text reflecting on the meaning of each design and information about the flora and fauna of the Isle of Iona and beyond, which most of the carvings represent. This use of symbols from the natural world reflects the close links of the early Celtic Christians with the land around them.
Reflective, powerful poems about how, on a cosmic and a personal level, darkness gives way to light, reminding us that 'light shines in the darkness', that darkness is required to perceive light - and that Easter means the light has come, life triumphs, and the promised Holy Spirit will empower us for growth: 'eastering'
Witty and reflective poems of faith and doubt, ranging from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden to the events of the first Easter, taking in on the way Julian of Norwich's hazelnut, Mastermind, God as a blizzard, and the eighth deadly sin.
A year's worth of stories and reflections to encourage us to 'look well' to the insights and inspiration we might need to live each of the 365 days as best we can, with a more hopeful vision for tomorrow.
A book about the original Pearls of Life bracelet. There is a now a new version of the Pearls (available from Verbum Sweden at: https://www.verbum.se/fralsarkransen/fralsarkransen-av-glas-p52634417) where one of the beads is a different colour, but most of this book is still relevant.
Unfortunately a page was omitted and then appears in the wrong place when Welcoming Each Wonder by Tom Gordon was printed for the first time, for which we offer many apologies. To help rectify this, the complete chapter is available as a free download. Just put it in your basket and check out as usual. You will not be charged. The problem was corrected for later print runs, so this corrected chapter should not be necessary if you have only just purchased the book.
The third in the series of books of modern parables after A Blessing to Follow and Welcoming Each Wonder. By drawing us into the lives of ordinary people Tom Gordon offers insights into issues of universal relevance in an immediate, contemporary and imaginative way. Relates to lectionary cycle B.
A collection of original and contemporary parables - the first of a series of three - using the framework of the Christian Year to offer a story for every week, and a few more besides.
Advent & Christmas
Explores how people of faith and goodwill might mark the midwinter season and the Christmas festival with integrity and simplicity. How can we include others and celebrate difference without putting us all under intolerable strain, or perpetuating false and oppressive myths of the ideal family life? Reflections on the origins, diverse meanings and customs associated with Christmas, personal stories, and liturgical and ritual resources that can be adapted and used in the home, in group gatherings and in church settings.
This guidebook with colour photographs takes you around the church and cloisters of Iona Abbey, giving you background information on the main features and providing suggestions for reflection and prayer at each point. Also included are some stories about the Abbey and life in community from Iona Community members.
From earthworms to CD-ROMs, from starfish to blizzards, from electrons to garden forks, from doubt to a shout of laughter - This beautiful little book of invocations inspired by creatures, conditions and objects in the world around us which reflect and are a metaphor for aspects of God or the Divine will resonate with individuals and groups of any or no particular religious or spiritual allegiance.
Modern, relevant resources to accompany readers through Lent and Easter for many years, with material for Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday and Holy Week, as well as suggestions for a Lent discipline.
Advent & Christmas
Celebrate Christmas with reflections and prayers for each day of Advent. This effective antidote to the commercialism of the festive season can be used for individual meditation or group worship. The authors are former Wardens of Iona Abbey and the MacLeod Centre on the Isle of Iona.