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weeWONDERBOX is a collaboration between the Iona Community’s Programme team and the Wild Goose Resource Group, and is a series of face-to-face events, that mainly take place in central Glasgow.

You’ll find details of the current programme here.


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Oct, 2019

Revisiting the Psalms

Event Date: Oct 14, 2019

14th-18th October, Scargill House, N Yorks. For some people the Psalms are evocative of what they learned by rote in childhood. Others associate them with particularly poignant events – weddings and funerals. Others yet may regard them as an unnecessary intrusion between the Old Testament and the Epistle when a nice worship song would be […]

Picture the Word

Event Date: Oct 16, 2019

… or Exploring the Bible without getting bored. 25 Sep, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct, 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov. With Jo Love, on several Wednesday evenings this autumn weeWONDERBOX offers an experimental series of evenings exploring the Bible creatively. Through collage, wordles, image-making and more, enjoy some playful, profound, participative thinkings and doings. […]

Rich words and vibrant colours: Why not come and explore some poetry on Iona this Autumn?

Event Date: Oct 18, 2019

“So, the world happens twice— once what we see it as, second it legends itself deep, the way it is.” William Stafford Ripening in Wisdom: Elder Poets as Sages for the Harvest of Life 18th – 23rd October 2019 The deep vibrant colours of Iona in Autumn provide the prefect backdrop for exploring the rich […]

The Greening of God

Event Date: Oct 18, 2019

18th-20th Oct, Holland House, Worcs. A review of why ecology and faith were together in the beginning, were torn asunder, and now desperately need to find each other again IF God really loves the world. Many of John Bell’s songs and writings touch on God’s love of what God has made. Holland House too has […]

Befriending Autumn

Event Date: Oct 23, 2019

Kicking Leaves and Kindling Fires: 23rd-28th October 2019 Do you think of yourself as someone who lives creatively? Do you habitually draw on art, writing, making things, time outdoors, to reflect on life? Are you curious about the practices that others practise, that help us stay alive, especially in the darker months of the year? […]

An Intimate Evening with… Mark Burrows

Event Date: Oct 24, 2019

7pm, Glasgow, Community House. Mark Burrows is an academic theologian and published poet as fluent in German as in the American English which is his native tongue. He contributes to and edits poetry magazines as well as being an avid translator of texts from German into English. He will engage in conversation about his work […]

Everybody Sing!

Event Date: Oct 26, 2019

St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds. An afternoon of singing, exploring the life of Jesus and our own seasons of life.  Experience John Bell’s unique gift of enabling anyone to make music, even those with no previous experience of singing with others. Two aspects of the musical life of the church to which scant attention has […]

Everybody Sing!

Event Date: Oct 27, 2019

Lion Walk Church, Colchester. An afternoon of singing, exploring the life of Jesus and our own seasons of life.  Experience John Bell’s unique gift of enabling anyone to make music, even those with no previous experience of singing with others. Two aspects of the musical life of the church to which scant attention has been paid […]

The Gifts That Others Bring

Event Date: Oct 28, 2019

28th Oct – 1st Nov, Launde Abbey. This retreat, led by John Bell, will allow us to savour spiritual and biblical insights from Christian outside Europe. We will explore prayer and wisdom emerging from Africa, Asia and South America, guided by a principle deeply held by the Japanese theologian, Kosuke Koyama that the mother-tongue God […]

Life, Death and Politics: the Role of Religious Imagination

Event Date: Oct 30, 2019

7.30pm, Oakham Methodist Church, Leicestershire. Rutland Theological Society talk with John L. Bell. For some people, the imagination is a Pandora’s Box leading with equal ease to darkness and light. John regards it as a gift of God and an essential for faith, and pleas for its higher profile in religious and political discourse.

I Have Called You By Name

Event Date: Oct 31, 2019

A Soul Marks Art & Prayer workshop taster with Carol Marples in Glasgow, 31st October, 2-5pm. Another chance to enjoy the Art and Prayer taster workshop earlier in the year, in case you missed it first time around! This workshop combines practical artwork, image, music, word and silence: no artistic experience is needed. All are […]

Nov, 2019

An Afternoon with John Bell

Event Date: Nov 02, 2019

… on Improving Congregational Song and Developing Personal Spirituality, at St. Mary’s Church, Todmorden, Lancashire, from 2.30-5pm. John will also preach at the Sunday morning service.

Singing our Way into or out of Belief

Event Date: Nov 09, 2019

A Montgomery Trust lecture – with singing – by John L. Bell at Welshpool Methodist Church, 2pm. John will also preach at the United Remembrance service at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday 10th.

Touch the Earth Lightly

Event Date: Nov 09, 2019

An Art and Prayer Workshop Day led by Carol Marples, Glasgow, 9th November, 10am-4pm, combining practical artwork, image, music, silence and word. All are welcome and no artistic experience is needed. The workshop is not about learning to draw or paint, but about exploring how to use art as tool to listen and pray in […]

John Bell with ORAN

Event Date: Nov 13, 2019

St. James’s, Piccadilly, London, 13th Nov, 7pm. A song and music workshop in aid of the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal, preceded by liturgy 5.50-6.20pm, led by Iona Community Members, Associates and Musicians. John Bell will lead us in learning new songs from the World Church, interspersed with his reflections and a couple of sets from […]

Three Concerts of Prayer

Event Date: Nov 14, 2019

Royal Foundation of St. Katharine, London. 10.15am-4.30pm. A Quiet Day with John Bell – a reflection on three places where prayer is made; heaven, earth and the soul. Take time in St Katharines extraordinary urban oasis;  a chance to step aside from the City but not leave it.

Singing our Way into or out of Belief

Event Date: Nov 15, 2019

A Montgomery Trust lecture – with singing – by John L. Bell at Wellspring Church, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, 7.30pm. No charge, but ADVANCE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Please contact Paul Heppleston – [email protected], 01629 540969.

Dec, 2019

Have a Complicated Advent, with R S Thomas

Event Date: Dec 06, 2019

An Advent Urban Retreat in Glasgow, with Pádraig Ó Tuama, 6-7 December. R.S. Thomas was a Welsh poet and priest. Prolific in publishing during his lifetime, his work spanned landscape, religion, nationalism, power and prayer. This retreat will take a few of his books from the mid 1970s and explore his work through the lens […]