Journeys in Community

Father-daughter conversations about faith, love, doubt and hope

John Harvey & Ruth Harvey

Wild Goose

A book of reflections, meditations and prayers for Advent and Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, Ascension and Pentecost arising out of conversations about faith, love, doubt and hope.



This book began as a birthday gift. For her 50th birthday Ruth asked her family not for material presents, but for gifts of time and experiences. What followed included long talks with her father about the deep stories of their shared spiritual journey.
John and Ruth write: ‘It has been a privilege to spend time in each other’s company around the kitchen table and in a chilly Glasgow study. For us it has been a profound experience. We hope that in sharing a part of this story, it may encourage others on a similar journey of shared gifts and faith.’
John Harvey is a retired minister of the Church of Scotland who was part of the experimental Gorbals Group Ministry. He has been a member of the Iona Community since 1964, and has served as Warden of Iona Abbey and as Leader of the Community.
Ruth Harvey is the Leader of the Iona Community. Previously she was Director of Place for Hope, a Scottish charity accompanying churches and faith communities through times of challenge, change and conflict. She is a minister in the Church of Scotland and a Quaker.

‘This book will welcome you home, with justice, courage, humour and delight.’
Pádraig Ó Tuama, former Leader of the Corrymeela Community

An original collection of stories, reflections, meditations, poems, songs and dialogues about recalling the wisdom of our own childhood thoughts and being open to what children in our midst have to share with us about God, faith, life, death and spirituality.