Wilderness days, wilderness ways

The following are some reflections entitled ‘Wilderness days, wilderness ways’ by our former Synod Moderator, David Pickering, written during the lockdown 2020 summer. Each reflection takes you to a different sacred site on a Hebridean isle. In addition here is a link to a short service for St Columba’s Day, 9th June.

Week 1 Inchmarnock, beginning isolation

Week 2 St Blane’s Bute, an uphill way

Week 3 Kilnave, Islay: an empty chapel and weather-worn cross

Week 4 Eilean Mor, a holy presence

Week 5 Barra, encountering angels

Week 6 North Uist, happy Vallay, holy presence

Week 7 Teampall Pháraig, Tiree

Week 8 Pennygheal, Mull

Week 9 Sgorr nam Ban-naomha

Week 10 The Flannans, sanctuary

Week 11 Iona, Columba’s Shrine and Pillow