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

From Scotland: Iona Community – New Leadership Team 

May 22, 2018

The Iona Community has appointed a new leadership team. Christian MacLean and Kathy Galloway come to the role with excellent credentials. Christian comes with extensive senior management experience in the Voluntary sector and Kathy was formerly head of Christian Aid in Scotland. They have also served the Community in a number of ways over the years: Christian served as Convener of Council and Kathy is a former Leader. Both have also worked for the Community in its island operations on Iona. They have our warmest congratulations, and we look forward to them taking up the joint post at the end of this month.

Marlene Finlayson
(Convener of Council)

Feast Day of St. Columba (June 9) A Time for Renewal

June 9th is the feast of St. Columba, the Abbot who, in 563, established the first Monastery on the Isle of Iona. From that Monastery the Christian faith was quickly spread throughout Scotland.

June 9, also marks the time when Members, Associate Members and Friends renew their commitments to share in the life of the Iona Community.  To renew your commitment to the work of the Iona  Community, or to join with others made a commitment to support the Communities work, Click Here.

Iona Abbey Capital Appeal, Update, – We had a Miracle in May! 

We have really important news. We did raise another £300,000 by the end of May. By doing this are in a position cut a full year off the construction schedule.  Learn more about Miracle in May.

Planned Renovations to the Abbey on Iona

2-rtAs 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.

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.



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