The Iona Community, as a radical movement and organisation, is committed to living out the Christian faith in the areas of:

  • Worship, faith and spirituality
  • Social justice and human rights
  • Politics and campaigning
  • Gender justice and human sexuality
  •         Hospitality, diversity and inclusive community
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Peacemaking and non-violence
  • Healing and reconciliation

We actively and urgently seek to work in partnership with all people of goodwill who share our commitment to just and non-violent action, irrespective of nationality, religion or political creed.

6 Responses to Our concerns

  1. Pamela kent says:

    We are going to be on holiday in Argyll next week and would like to visit the Iona island and the community

    Please could you let us know if dogs are allowed and the best time to visit I
    Thank yo
    Pamela Kent

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Hi Pamela. The Abbey site is open every day and there are frequent ferries across to Iona from the jetty at Fionnphort. You can take your dog across to Iona but access to the Abbey site will be limited by Historic and Environment Scotland (who run the site) regulations: they allow visitors’ dogs into the Abbey grounds but only Assistance dogs are allowed into roofed areas (e.g the Abbey and the Museum etc.) – the staff at the entrance building will be able to give you fuller information on this. The Community’s residential Centres are closed at the moment as part of our refurbishment project (see https://iona.org.uk/capital-appeal-information/ for more information on the work) but we are running a cafe in the refectory where you can get soup and bread or tea and cakes and chat to Members and Associate Members about the Community (however you will have to leave your dog outside I think – but again staff on site can advise you on this). Hope you have a great holiday and an enjoyable visit to Iona. Best Wishes, Pat.

  2. Joy says:

    Are members permitted to keep dogs? What is your view about companion animals within the spiritual life journey?

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Hi Joy, there are no restrictions on members vis-à-vis pets; however because of allergy and space issues, we don’t generally allow staff to keep pets with them while working on Iona. I would guess that the answer to your second question would depend on which particular member you were talking with but it’s not something on which we have a ‘Community’ position. Best Wishes, Pat

  3. Joleen Benedict says:

    Do you offer residential retreats at Iona?

    Thank you,

    Joleen Benedict

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