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Seasonal Encounters with the Iona Community 2018

Seasonal Encounters with the Iona Community 2018


Kissed-Pierced-Hidden-Revealed: Seeing God’s Passion from Gethsemane to Glory

28th March - 2nd April

Led by Dr Debbie Lewer

Using works of visual art from the Middle Ages to our present we will look at how artists working in all kinds of circumstances – from power to poverty, the mainstream to the margins – have responded to Christ’s passion and resurrection and what that might mean for our own ways of seeing. We will encounter intimate moments of human love and failure, pain, loss, doubt and astonishing revelation. We may even find our eyes opened to some new perspectives on the most important story there is in the life of faith. Come and see things afresh.

Debbie Lewer is an art historian, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow and a regular speaker in churches, theological colleges and at festivals and retreats on the rich relationship between art and faith.

To reserve your place please visit our online booking section, or if you have any questions please contact us at info@stcolumba-hotel.co.uk or call us on 01681700304.


Following the Celtic Way

22nd - 27th October

Led by Professor Ian Bradley

25 years after the publication of his book ‘The Celtic Way’ Ian Bradley will draw on 30 years of original research to reflect on what Celtic Christianity was and is, and examine what we can actually say about the Christian life, witness and beliefs of Columba and his contemporaries in the so-called ‘golden age of Celtic Christianity’ between the fifth and seventh centuries and on how we can best follow the Celtic Way today.

Ian Bradley is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Spiritual History at St Andrews University. He has written over 40 books, five of them on Celtic Christianity, and is a regular journalist and broadcaster on BBC radio and television. He is currently deeply involved in the promotion of pilgrimage across Scotland and specifically with the development of the Fife Pilgrim Way which is due to be officially open in Spring 2019.

To reserve your place please visit our online booking section, or if you have any questions please contact us at info@stcolumba-hotel.co.uk or call us on 01681700304.


Enthusiasm, Entropy and Ecology: A New look at the Psalms

27th October - 1st November

Led by Rev. John Bell

The poetry of the Psalms, which has fascinated people for three Millenia, is totally diverse in emotional range, spiritual depth and subject matter. Through singing, listening and silence this retreat will explore this diversity, focusing in particular on some of its less well-known elements.

John Bell is a Resource Worker with The Iona Community, who lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations. He is a hymn writer, author and occasional broadcaster, but retains a primary passion for congregational song. John is based in Glasgow and works with his colleagues in the areas of music, worship and spirituality.

To reserve your place please visit our online booking section, or if you have any questions please contact us at info@stcolumba-hotel.co.uk or call us on 01681700304.


Adventures with God: An Introduction to the Gifts and Wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola

1st - 6th November

Led by Rev. Alison Marshall

Through workshops and quiet, walking and sharing stories we seek to discover the freedom to be available to God for a contemplative action in our communities.

Alison Marshall is an experienced Spiritual Accompanier/Director and a priest who loves conversations that enable people to find their own ways of adventuring into and with God. Finn, a lively border terrier is her preferred prayer companion. She recently worked on the island for two years with her husband Pete, they are both members of the Iona Community.

To reserve your place please visit our online booking section, or if you have any questions please contact us at info@stcolumba-hotel.co.uk or call us on 01681700304.

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