The Iona Community
The Isle of Iona is a small island off the west coast of Scotland, where in 563 Columba founded a Celtic monastery that was very influential in its own times. In the middle ages it was the site of a Benedictine abbey and over the centuries has attracted many thousands of people on their own pilgrim journeys.
The Iona Community was founded in 1938 by the Rev. George MacLeod, then a parish minister in Glasgow, is an ecumenical Christian community that is committed to seeking new ways of living the Gospel in today’s world. learn more
As a proactive and forward thinking organisation, the Iona Community has been evaluating and re-assessing what we offer to our guests and staff. Wide consultation and guest feedback have identified key issues about the building’s accessibility, flexibility and sustainability. These must be addressed in the next five years if the Abbey is to remain fit for purpose.
Iona Community Members, Associates, and the public are now being given the opportunity to contribute to the funding of those renovations. Learn more about what is being planned, and how you can take part in that effort by clicking here.
Work Underway on Abbey Renovations
There has been an increasing sense of hope and activity these past few weeks. The Development Team has been negotiating with contractors and waiting for the tender documents. Staff on Iona have been working with the islanders to support the autumn programme. The furniture in the Abbey has been packed and stored away, with precious artifacts safely packed away in anticipation that building work will soon commence. In the meantime, See more
The Iona Community – New World Foundation
You may support the Iona Community and its work in the following way. United States citizens, residents, and corporations may obtain income tax deductions for their contributions, within the terms of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, by sending checks to the order of the Iona Community New World Foundation, Inc. in the care of Kirkridge, 2495 Fox Gap Rd, Bangor PA 18013
American visitors at the Abbey may leave checks in the office to be forwarded on to the Treasurer. This foundation has been held by the IRS to be a tax exempt charity, and all funds collected are for the work of the Iona Community. A receipt as required by the IRS will be sent to each donor.