Welcome to the Iona Community
We are a dispersed community of people working for peace and justice.
You can belong to the Iona Community – we’d love to welcome you!
You can find out more about joining our movement below.
The Iona Community is an international, ecumenical Christian movement working for justice and peace, the rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.
Our Community was founded in Glasgow in 1938 by Rev George MacLeod. A visionary and a social reformer, MacLeod was driven by a belief that faith is grounded in action. In rebuilding the ruined accommodation at Iona Abbey, trainee ministers and unemployed workers lived, worked and worshipped together.
We are now about 280 Members and more than 2,000 Associate Members, Young Adults and Friends across the world. We remain true to that founding vision – sharing common work and community as we pursue justice and peace, in Scotland and beyond.
Whether you are visiting the Abbey as a day visitor or joining us to live as a guest in community, you will be given a very warm Iona Community welcome. Here you will find information about visiting us, staying with us, our Shop and Welcome Centre, our Programme and booking information, costs and practicalities, and information about our Unlocked programme.
You are welcome to visit the Abbey Church as a day visitor, between 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday, and 1pm-4pm on Sundays for a tour as a guest of Historic Environment Scotland.
We believe in the transformational power of community to change lives and the world. Only in community can justice and love be done. We are part of the global church. Our Members are inspired by a shared commitment to Jesus Christ. We believe that work for justice, peace and an equitable society is a matter of urgency and that we have a responsibility to live in a right relationship with the whole of God’s creation.
We are a movement, a community and an organisation enabled by our Members, Associate Members, Young Adults, Friends, staff and others who work with us to advance the purpose of the Iona Community.
Members record prayers, readings and songs for daily worship, following the pattern of worship at Iona Abbey. Join us through the link below.
Prayer is part of our commitment when living in community on Iona. Morning and evening, we pray, sing, reflect and hold stillness on themes of welcome, justice and peace, healing, commitment and the celebration of holy communion.
We regularly publish a wide range of resources and materials. Much of this is developed by our in-house publishing house (Wild Goose Publications) and the Wild Goose Resource Group. Our members and associate members also produce and disseminate material that is designed to be useful to anyone sympathetic to our concerns.
Members of the Iona Community are committed to living out the Christian faith, where they are across the globe, in the areas of justice and peace. Members engage locally, nationally and internationally in political life and in the life of our churches and faith communities.
Members, Associate Members and Young Adult Group Members meet together to pray, reflect and and support one another in local Family Groups, and through the our Common Concern Networks (CCNs).
If you would like to join one or more of these CCNs visit our membership page to see if becoming an Associate Member of the Iona Community is right for you. Once you’ve joined our membership, you will be invited to join the CCNs.
We draw together our training and learning resources under the Iona Learn banner. Our aim is to resource and equip people in working and praying for justice and peace. We do this through the ground-breaking work and witness of our Wild Goose Resource Group and through the wide-ranging issues published in books and e-bookes by Wild Goose Publications.