The Iona Community

IonaAbbeyThe 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


In response to the shocking and tragic shooting in Florida on Sunday, the Iona Community expresses its sincere condolences to the victims, their families and all others involved.  We reaffirm our commitment to non-violence and the creation of inclusive societies.  We deplore the homophobia and hatred that motivated this massacre.  We stand in solidarity with all those, in the United States and elsewhere, who seek justice and equality for LGBT people and other groups who experience any kind of discrimination. We call on political and community leaders in the US to introduce effective measures for gun control.  We continue to hold in our thoughts and prayers all who are affected by this terrible event, including those Members, Associate Members, Friends and supporters of our Community who are based in the United States.

The Iona Community – New World Foundation

Early Chapel (1,000 AD)

Early Chapel (1,000 AD)

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.

John Bell 2016 North American Events Now Online

Urgent Information Regarding Renewals and Donations made by Members/Associates and Friends Living in the United States

May 5, 2016

To All US Based Members, Associates and Friends,

You should have received your Spring 2016 copy of the Coracle in the past few days.  You also received a letter with information about the Capital Appeal which is underway.  On the reverse side of the letter, there was information about renewing by sending British Pounds to Lynn Harper-Baldwin in Glasgow.  Please be aware that this information was sent in error to US Based Members, Associates and Friends.  We continue to process renewals in the US by continue reading

Leadership Transitions in Iona-NWF

At a Board Meeting Held on September 29, 2015, Kathleen Roney was elected to serve as the Chair of the Iona New World Foundation. William Klein was elected to serve as the Foundation’s Secretary. Two new persons were elected to serve on the Board, Kate Holbrook and Alissa Glaser-Bacon.

For information concerning the entire Board of the Iona New World Foundation, click here.


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