a new Iona Community book

I received a gift in the mail the other day, We bring you everything, and tip it out in front of you published by Wild Goose Publications

In the ancient Celtic Christian tradition, routine parts of the day received prayers and this prayer book follows that tradition. There are prayers for chopping carrots and starting an engine. There are prayers for refugees and justice and peace. And there are prayers for vision of God's kingdom and the beautiful tapestry of creation.

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Though it is a small book, there are many authors, who are either Associate Members or Members of the Iona Community. I contributed a prayer, O Ancient of Days, as I lifted up my concerns for the world that we live in today.

The Iona Community of Scotland was founded in 1938 by Rev. George MacLeod, a Church of Scotland (or as we say in the U.S. Presbyterian) minister. A Glasgow minister, he brought together unemployed craftsman, during the time of depression, with ministers in training. Together they rebuilt the Iona Abbey cloisters as a sign of hope, a symbol of rebuilding community life in the larger world.

Today, the Iona Community is a Christian Community scattered throughout the world. Full members follow a four-fold rule: 

  • daily prayer and reading of the Bible
  • mutual accountability for the use of time and of money
  • meeting regularly in family groups
  • pursuing action and reflection for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation