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Winter Wisdom Lecture Series: IONA, The Sacred Isle of Scotland

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Morrell Room at Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
United States

A historical overview of the island and rebuilding of the 10th century abbey there, as well as current day life in that community. Our presenters are experienced visitors to the island and well acquainted with that community as well as progress toward the restoration of the abbey.

 The Rev Robert Ives received his B.A. degree from Bowdoin (1969), and his M.Div. from the University of Edinburgh – Scotland in 1973. In 1993-1994 he did post-graduate work at the University of St. Andrews. After a brief period in the Bowdoin Admissions office, Bob became the teacher and minister on Monhegan Island. For 33 years he was Director of the Carpenter’s Boat Shop, an apprenticeship school in Pemaquid committed to building boats, nurturing lives and serving others. He recently retired as Bowdoin College’s Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.  Bob and Phyllis were married in 2010 and currently reside in Pemaquid Harbor. They spent several weeks at Iona this past summer renewing their involvement with that community. 

Phyllis Ives grew up spending summers in Pemaquid and received her B.A. degree from the University of New Jersey in 1971 in psychology.  Her professional life includes extensive activity in public relations, marketing, and advertising in the private sector, as well as marketing and strategic planning for Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Returning to Maine in 1999, she worked with non-profit organizations helping them to strategize for, then conduct, major capital campaigns. After retiring in 2012, she and Bob spent two months at the Iona Abbey as residential volunteers. She has continued her capital campaign work as a volunteer with an emphasis on the Iona Community.

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