of the Wild Goose Resource Group

All these Wild Gooses are confusing me… how do they relate to one another?

The Wild Goose Resource Group (WGRG) are employed under the auspices of the Iona Community and work in the UK and further afield.

Wild Goose Publications is the publishing division of the Iona Community. They produce a range of publications which reflect the concerns of the Iona Community, including liturgy resources and the materials devised by the Wild Goose Resource Group. They share the same offices with WGRG in Glasgow.

The Wild Goose Worship Group (WGWG) was a group of 18 people living in Glasgow, now cheerfully disbanded, who met each week to learn new songs, develop workshops and devise worship. They have made a number of recordings of Resource Group material and songs from the world church. Our most recent recordings were made by a similar group of singers and musicians, known as The Wild Goose Collective.

The Iona Community takes the Wild Goose as its logo.

Are the WGRG trained singers?

No. Just frequent bathers.

Are you a choir?

No. We do sing, and we do record our material, but we do other things as well. Recordings have also been made by the Wild Goose Worship Group and the Wild Goose Collective (see above).

Do you live on Iona?

No. We are based in Glasgow, at the Iona Community’s offices.

Do you all live in a community?

No, definitely not. The Iona Community is a scattered group of people.

Do you major on ‘celtic’ spirituality?

No. One person in the group deals with that topic (occasionally).

What kind of things do you offer?

Workshops, evening of song, services of worship and collaboration on ongoing projects with local churches.

Is John Bell the music leader of the Iona Community?

No. There isn’t a “music leader”.

On the island of Iona there is a musician every year who provides and organises music for the services of worship in the Abbey and for guests who stay there.

There are also other musicians and hymn writers within the Iona Community. e.g. Kathy Galloway, Ian Fraser, to name but a few.

Are you paid by the Iona Community, or a single church?

We receive some funding from The Iona Community, and individuals who support us. We raise the bulk of our finances from work we do: events, royalties on publications etc.

Can I get your lecture / workshop notes a month in advance?

Sorry, we don’t always work to that kind of schedule, and if you want to publish our notes/material, you’d have to get special permission.

What do we do if we want to use your songs or liturgies in our church?

We are now covered by the Christian Copyright Licensing Scheme and the Calamus Licensing Scheme. WGRG Copyright Permission guidelines 2012-13.

For further advice on reproducing material authored by John Bell and Graham Maule non-commercially, please contact the Glasgow office on 0141 332 6343 or [email protected].

What if our organisation wanted to include some of your materials in a publication we are producing?

Then you would e-mail or phone Graham Maule, who administers commercial copyright [email protected] , 0131 555 2181

Where can we buy your worship resources?

A multitude of options…

  1. If in the UK, your local Christian bookshop may stock them, and can certainly obtain them for you.
  2. Alternatively, you can purchase them direct from us at the Glasgow offices 0141 332 6292
  3. You can purchase them from Ionabooks online shop

6 Responses to Frequently asked questions

  1. randall says:

    I understand that we could invite John Bell to speak at our church, but I can’t find a link on the website.
    Please can you tell me if this is possible?
    Thank you,
    Marie Randall

  2. Grace Kelly says:

    Our priest this morning wecomed all to communion with an invitation he said came from the Abbey at Iona. It truly welcomed all but I cannot find it. Can you help me. Thank you.
    Grace Kelly

  3. Mrs Claire Cavanagh says:

    to whom it my concern I recently found one of your leaflets at Marple Methodist Church.Would it be possible for you to send me information on how much it would cost’s to stay at the abbey and how do you get to the iona centre via public transport. kind regards

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