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Epic Adventure begins

I realize that I have been away from the adventure for some time.  That’s not really the case, I think everyday is an adventure!  It’s simply that I have not been sharing that with you as of late.  Time for … Continue reading

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Not wasting time

It is no vacation holiday to spend time on Iona as a volunteer. You will work diligently and purposefully for the privilege of spending an extended period here. Sure you receive room and board but in exchange you will work … Continue reading

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The goodbyes grow more difficult

Saying farewell to the vollies last week was particularly difficult. These were folks I had spent an entire four weeks with and a few were ones that I had known on journey’s past. I have recounted previously how well we … Continue reading

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Past meets present

So you come to Iona as a volunteer and you will spend 6, 8, 10 weeks in community with people from all over the world (my current roommates include an Italian, German, Canadian and Finn). Who, you begin to realize, … Continue reading

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Living in Community V: Still you need time alone

I am a definite introvert. My Myers Briggs indicator barely has a blip of extroversion. So how does an introvert live in community? By learning to pick your interactions, and being very aware that you need time apart. At first … Continue reading

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Living in Community IV: I’m bored — NOT

Imagine this. You are living on this tiny island. You have no access to television. You have no immediate or continuous access to the Internet. There is no shopping complex or cinema. You must walk or ride a bicycle anywhere … Continue reading

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Living in Community III: Common Courtesies

Those of you that live in shared housing with a spouse or a child or other family members have to extend courtesies to those you live with. Now you may not even think about it or you may wonder why … Continue reading

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Living in Community II: Keeping House

Despite what it may seem I don’t actually come to Iona for a holiday or retreat. This is not hours upon hours of prayer and meditation. I work, WORK, physical labor 5 and a half days a week for up … Continue reading

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Living in Community I: God in Community holy and one

One of the things that draws me back to volunteer on Iona is the privilege of living and working with so many amazing young people. Granted I teach predominantly young adults, but they are quite different than the young folks … Continue reading

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Porridge

If you have been following my blog for any length of time you are probably aware of my love/hate relationship with porridge. All that is about to change. For the unaware, porridge is a Scottish breakfast dish, and although made … Continue reading

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