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 wide-ranging collection of resources for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Transfiguration, Harvest, Holocaust Memorial Day, Mothering Sunday, and other special days and areas of concern.
Bible readings, reflections and prayers for the days of Holy Week, and a large section of resources, all from members, associates and friends of the Iona Community.
A new edition which has been extensively revised and rearranged to include about 80% new material. The services draw on many traditions, including the Celtic, and aim to help us to be fully present to God, who is fully present to us – in our neighbour, in the political and social activity of the world around us, and in the very centre and soul of our being.
Advent & Christmas
This liturgical resource book covering November, December and January includes prayers, stories, responses, songs, poems, reflections, liturgies and meditations for the major Christian festivals and other occasions that fall during these months.
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.
A collection of communion liturgies and other resources covering Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity and Transfiguration.
A collection of favourite Joy Mead poems, many of them selected by the author's readers and friends, who ask 'Where can I find -?' when they want a poem for a special occasion. Also includes some new works.
Now available as an audio download: A one-man play about the founder of the Iona Community. Based on George MacLeod's conversations with the author, along with material drawn from sermons, prayers, diaries, letters and stories, the first half gives a sense of what it was like to be exposed to George MacLeod at the height of his powers. In the second, the old prophet sits in his room and reminisces about his 96 years on earth. Performed by Tom Fleming.
Reflections, meditations, prayers, activities and liturgies for Lent. Includes a liturgy for Mother's Day, worship for Ash Wednesday, an all-age service for Shrove Tuesday for making and sharing pancakes, and other all-age resources -
Advent & Christmas
Poetry, liturgy and narrative resources on beloved Advent and Christmas themes, questioning the cosy and sentimental view of the festive season and taking seriously the idea that God in Christ is born as a vulnerable outsider who transforms the world in radical ways.
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.
These haiku-like poems arise out of Kenneth Steven's perception of the Iona landscape. They have the sense of wonder, seeing, and being in the moment that many of us experience when spending time on this jewel-like island in a turquoise sea.
Reflections, meditations, prayers and liturgies for Holy Week following the journey of Jesus from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. A book which affirms that, even in the darkness of betrayal and denial and death, we can rise up and live different lives: where the justice, peace and love poured out in Christ's life can be resurrected in our own.
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.
Care For Creation
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.
A resource book for planning baptisms, naming ceremonies, weddings and civil partnerships and marking the many other significant moments of our nights and days. There are resources that do not assume any faith commitment, as well as ones that reflect Christian belief.
Poems from Iona Community member Joy Mead. They come from the beauty of the glimpsed moment - a precious jewel held for a short time amid the pain and sorrow of the world, then let go into the bigger picture - The beauty is what we remember, what gives the moment its significance.
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 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.
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.
This inspiring anthology of liturgies and worship resources, reflecting the life and witness of the Iona Community, originally published in 1996, is intended to encourage creativity in worship.
A series of resources and complete liturgies for the major services of Holy Week. The book began life in community on Iona, and includes an Easter pilgrimage. Can be used in a church or house group or for private reflection, to deepen the experience of Easter - and inspire action.
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.
For many people prayer is difficult. This new collection of prayers from the Iona Community helps us to be less bothered about what we should be saying when we pray. We can read a prayer and then sit quietly for a few minutes, allowing the particular words and thoughts to meet with our inner self, with our soul, which is linked to the energies and wisdom of the Creator of all things.
Powerful and moving readings, stories and poems for Easter. Rachel Mann writes with the voices of the characters involved in the biblical accounts of passion and resurrection, unafraid to explore the darkest aspects evoked by these events.
Advent & Christmas
An Advent collection of prayers, meditations, poems and a few wee plays. A rich resource, from an original voice, for personal reflection and for congregations and small groups searching for material relevant to the 21st century. The author is Associate Minister at Dunblane Cathedral and Convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland.
lan Bradley examines the life, character and achievements of St Columba and attempts to strip away the layers of myth and historical distortion that have grown up around accounts of Columba's life and heritage. He also explores the distinctive nature of Columban Christianity and its message - not always a comfortable one - for us today. Written originally for the 1400th anniversary in 1997 of Columba's death.