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WILD GOOSE RESOURCE GROUP
HELP & FAQS
All these Wild Gooses are confusing me… how do they relate to one another?
The Wild Goose Resource Group (WGRG) is a project of the Iona Community, consisting of John L. Bell and Jo Love (Resource Workers), and Gail Ullrich (Administrator). They are employed under the auspices of the Iona Community and work in the UK and further afield in the areas of worship and Christian education.
The Iona Community takes the Wild Goose as its logo. The wee jaggy one that looks like a thistle is the logo of the Wild Goose Resource Group.
Wild Goose Publications is the publishing house of the Iona Community. They produce a range of titles which reflect the concerns of the Iona Community, including song and liturgy resources devised by the Wild Goose Resource Group.
The Wild Goose Collective is a ad hoc group of our musical friends, some former members of the Wild Goose Worship Group (see below), who have gathered to record WGRG songs since 2004.
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 made a number of recordings of Resource Group material and songs from the world church.
You may also have come across Holy City, which was a WGRG-enabled ecumenical event in Glasgow. It took place monthly, and consisted of workshops and worship planned by WGRG and an assortment of Glaswegian citizens, and was the primary occasion when WGRG innovation in liturgy took place… i.e. contrary to popular opinion, such work occurs mainly in Glasgow and not on Iona.
weeWONDERBOX is the current series of face-to-face events, that mainly take place in central Glasgow, and is a collaboration between the Iona Community and the Wild Goose Resource Group, including the flagship annual urban festival, ColumbaFest.
Where can we buy your worship resources?
1. You can get them from Wild Goose Publications.
2. In the UK, your local Christian bookshop may stock them (if it’s a bookshop of discernment and good quality!), or you can ask them to order our resources for you from Wild Goose Publications’ distributor Booksource.
3. In North America, our publisher is GIA Publications. In addition to our songbooks, they stock the choral anthem packs & CDs by John L. Bell & the Cathedral Singers of Chicago.
4. In Australia and New Zealand, you can order WGRG materials from Willow Publishing.
What do we do if we want to use your songs or liturgies in our church or in a publication?
In several other territories of world, national publishers represent and administer our work. For details and further advice on reproducing material authored by John L. Bell and Graham Maule, see our Copyright Guidelines.
Are the WGRG trained singers?
No. Just frequent bathers.
Are you a choir?
No. Choirs are not the only people who can sing. We do sing, and we do record our material, but we do other things as well. Recordings have been made by the Wild Goose Collective and before them the Wild Goose Worship Group (see above).
Do you live on Iona?
Certainly not. We go to the island only once or twice a year to lead programme weeks. We live in the central belt of Scotland and are based in Glasgow, at the Iona Community’s offices.
Do you major on ‘celtic’ spirituality?
No. One person in the group deals with that topic (occasionally).
Though we do believe there is (or was) such a thing, it does not particularly inform our work or approach. And we are slightly suspicious of many of the contemporary materials and manifestations carrying this tag. Harmless in itself, it can be problematic when actively appropriated by the religious tourist/ heritage theme park industry, through which many seek a comfortable escapism.
What kind of things do you offer?
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 who are/have been associated with the Iona Community. e.g. Kathy Galloway, Ian Fraser, Leith Fisher, Tom Colvin, to name but a few.
We prefer to refer to our songs as ‘Wild Goose songs’, not ‘Iona songs’.
The popular south British religious music group of the 80s and 90s, ‘Iona’, are not associated with the Iona Community in any way.
Are you paid by the Iona Community, or a single church?
The Wild Goose Resource Group is a semi-autonomous project. We receive a small amount of funding from The Iona Community, and individual supporters. However we are responsible for raising the bulk of our finances from work we do: events, sales, royalties.
For more information about WGRG, contact:
Wild Goose Resource Group
The Iona Community
Suite 9, Fairfield
1048 Govan Road
UK Tel: 0141 429 7281
WGRG/ Wild Goose Resource Group is a semi-autonomous project of the Iona Community, a charity registered in Scotland, No. SC003794.