What is weeWONDERBOX?
weeWONDERBOX is a series of face-to-face events, that mainly though not exclusively take place in central Glasgow.
weeWONDERBOX is a collaboration between the Iona Community’s Programme team and the Wild Goose Resource Group.
The vision that inspires us is the renewal of incarnational, face-to-face public occasions where committed, faithful folk can engage with the pressing issues and challenges of God’s world in all its glorious variety and contradiction.
These will primarily take place in the Iona Community’s new base in Carlton Court, Glasgow. In time, events further afield will also be organised (and announced).
Access to the event space is via one step. Inside there is a low-stepped ramp. We are happy to provide assistance.
The programme is built around the weekly Wednesday evening Iona Community Liturgy at 6.30pm. On the last Wednesday of each month, this take the form of A Service For Healing & Laying On Of Hands. On some occasions, this is also followed at 7.30pm by another event.
In 2016-17, events have included the likes of:
- Missing Women (a biblical exploration on – the largely ignored – women in the Bible)
- Invisible Church (a book group on learning from church-less Christians)
- Practicing Faith In Health (looking at caring from theological and social angles)
- Strangers & Friends (an occasional series, focusing on the issues around asylum seekers and refugees; note, this was only the first of several – other events can be found on the programme pages, here and here)
- Advent Rhymes – Poems To Trouble The Season (a Holy City Urban Retreat, with Pádraig Ó Tuama)
- Zabbaleen Of Cairo (a one-man performance about Cairo’s Christian underclass who are also the city’s rubbish collectors)
- Saving Jesus (a 12-week study group on aspects of Jesus life, practice and mission)
- Entertaining Advent ( an afternoon reflective retreat preparing for the season)
as well as other more regular events which will be ongoing, such as
- The Wee Song Box (a bi-monthly gathering to sing together)
- The Wee Social Box (a monthly drop-in event of games, films, singing and self-entertainment).
More will be added in due course, and sometimes at short notice, so sign-up to our eNews to keep in touch.
What kind of events?
As implied by above, there are be many formats and types of weeWONDERBOX events, such as regular liturgies/ services, discussion and reading groups, creative workshops, activist gatherings, wee sings, walks, pilgrimages, interviews, talks, presentations, book launches, concerts, ceilidhs, meetings for folk wanting to know more about the Iona Community’s concerns … basically anything that can be imagined.
Issues covered will include biblical exploration, faith and politics, culture, environment, technology, media issues, peace, justice, reconciliation, economics, human development … the huge range of glorious things in this glorious world, both serious and not so serious!
These will be explored and expressed in a wide variety of media forms and creative activities, ranging through liturgy, song, music, visual art, film and more.
We envisage that the weeWONDERBOX programme will provide a platform both for events organised and led by us – Wild Goose & Iona Community – and for creative events led and enabled by collaborators and others, which could include you! Get in touch if you’ve got ideas.
We hope to open up a range of ways for folk to get involved in an engaged, critical and imaginative community of faithful folk, meeting regularly to explore the connections between human life, society, faith and discipleship. Today, more than ever, it’s crucial that faithful folk are – and are seen to be – present and active in the public realm.
Want to keep up to date with weeWONDERBOX events?
Then, do, do, doobe-do sign up to the Wild Goose & weeWONDERBOX eNews bulletin which will carry details of events and how to get involved or visit either the weeWONDERBOX 2016-17 events page or the Iona Community news & events page.
weeWONDERBOX is a programme of events organised by the Iona Community’s Programme team and the Wild Goose Resource Group.
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