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. Available from June 19th.
Meditations & Reflections
During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in spring 2020, many people turned to writing. Human words, sent out across the void of our isolation. Here are the voices of just a few – with poems, psalms, songs, affirmations of faith and prayers written during a full and fraught ten weeks.
Advent & Christmas
Readings, poems and prayers for Advent, moving between the islands of Mull and Iona and the hills of the West Bank and Jerusalem: places ‘on the edge’ – where God comes to us in human form, as living Word, as light out of darkness.
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.
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.
Poems of strong and well-crafted connections - between communities in the West of Scotland and the West Bank Palestinian territories; between prayer and politics; between a lyrical delight in the natural world - and down-to-earth living, observed with warmth and humour.
Advent & Christmas
'Walk humbly with God ' Advent is a time of wonder and waiting - but that's not a passive thing. We need to walk into Advent with our eyes open. Join us on a cheerful, thoughtful, justice-seeking journey towards Bethlehem, a journey day by day through Advent. Jan Sutch Pickard is a former Warden of Iona Abbey, who has also been Vice President of the Methodist Conference and an Ecumenical Accompanier.
A book of 28 short readings and reflections in response to the call back to the garden, back to full relationship with God and all creation. Suitable for group or individual use.
Meditations & Reflections
After the crucifixion, Joseph embarks on a quest to find out who Jesus really was, seeking out those who knew him personally. These witnesses, all mentioned in the gospels, tell their stories, each contributing a unique insight into the Nazarene. James Harpur uses both prose and poetry to create a parallel narrative to the gospels, amplifying the events they describe.
Annie Heppenstall points us towards finding God in all aspects of daily life and in the natural world around us. The book's many resources for individuals and groups include body prayers, bead prayers, a covenant of salt, shrine-making, contemplations for various daily activities, creating sacred space in the home, and a leaderless Eucharist.
A new edition of this collection of poems and prayers by the founder of the Iona Community, with images of the island.
'To be in a seat at Iona Abbey, to be moved by the awesome oratory of a MacLeod sermon in full flood, to be led into the nearer presence of God by means of kaleidoscopic, imaginative prayer, was to be privileged and - more importantly - to be changed.'
Ron Ferguson, former Leader of the Iona Community
A book of poems from the edge, by the author of Dandelions and Thistles. With down-to-earth detail, they celebrate the beauty, uniqueness, mystery of this world which we share and the courage of people who, confronted by injustice, hold on to their humanity.
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.
Poems, readings and reflections which capture not only the wildness and beauty of the island of Iona but also the pressures and gifts of living in a community on an island of pilgrimage.