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.
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 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.
Presents a method of using remembered (oral, not written) versions of the Bible with people of all ages and abilities, in which telling and interpreting the stories in light of the participants' own lives become inextricably linked.
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.
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.