"Urban Iona "is a modern Celtic tale of healing and vision during and after the author s pilgrimage to Iona and Ireland and Scotland. Upon his return, a dream takes flesh for his church as an urban Celtic monastery, a gathering of pilgrims open to the world and serving those most in need. This is a powerful account of the author s search for his family s story, and the meaning and inspiration that story brought to his life and his ministry. Chronicled here is the author s pilgrimage to Ireland not as a travelogue but as deep, moving, often humorous reflection on the meaning of what he discovered there. More important, the book chronicles the author s efforts to put into action the unique brand of Celtic spirituality he took away from his pilgrimage, in the form of Brigid s Table, a ministry to prostitutes and other marginalized people in the inner city of Portland, Oregon. Also included are suggestions for applying this spirituality in other parishes, other places, and other lives.
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