Leader of the Iona Community – Peter Macdonald

Peter Macdonald - Leader of the Iona Community

Peter Macdonald – Leader of the Iona Community

I have served as Leader since 2009 and have been a member of the Community since 1983, more than half my life. Membership has informed my faith, challenged my lifestyle, influenced my ministry and been central to the life of our family.

I am married to Lesley Orr who is also a member.

Membership has influenced my life choices leading me into youth work, church extension parish and city centre ministry and, either way, will certainly shape my future. I value my Family Group in which I account for my keeping of the Rule and this continues to strengthen my faith, challenge my priorities and keep me grounded. Inspired by the example of fellow members, I remain passionately committed to progressive Christianity and social justice. I seek in turn to contribute to the life of the Community and this continues to be an enriching and humbling experience.

Some of our members

The Iona Community is an ecumenical Christian community of women and men who seek to live out the Gospel in a way that is radical, inclusive and relevant to life in the 21st century.

Below you will find some ‘Pen Portraits’ of our members:

Alison Swinfen (works as Alison Phipps)

Alison Swinfen (works as Alison Phipps)

Alison Swinfen

I am a teacher, writer, poet, piper, gardener, fond of high hills, less fond of slugs.An activist and hospitality provider for sanctuary seekers and those passing through. I am presently fostering Rima from Eritrea and learning Tigrigna. I am engaged in the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, 2011, for the World Council of Churches and Senior Advisor to the British Council on intercultural justice. I  regularly deliver public lectures and media outreach. I am a linguist, anthropologist, educator and theologian; Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies; Co-Convener: Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Research Network, University of Glasgow http://www.gla.ac.uk/gramnet


Christine Jones

Christine Jones

Christine Jones

As a Methodist minister serving in an urban context, how I serve has been profoundly shaped by my relationship with the Iona Community as both an Associate and now a Member. My understanding of God has grown within the bigger picture as a result of experiences lived within an ecumenical community. The impact has been grounded locally within a deprived neighbourhood and supported throughout by the local family group. I have discovered a community of activists who are moved to celebrate a living God through a style of worship which encourages creative expression.


Cliff Acklam

Cliff Acklam

Cliff Acklam

I am Church of Scotland Parish Minister in Mid Argyll working with the congregations of Glassary, Kilmartin and Ford linked with North Knapdale. I am currently convener on the Argyll Family Group and have a keen interest in environmental and wildlife issues and the Eco-congregation movement and when I am not busy with work, I like walking my dogs, or training with the local Traithlon club.

The recent installation of a wood burning stove means that finding and chopping or sawing wood has become another exciting way to save money and generate heat.


Teun Kruijswijk Jansen

Teun Kruijswijk Jansen

Teun Kruijswijk Jansen

Hello, I am one of three members from the Netherlands. There are also 65 Dutch friends, in six ‘region’ groups. Iona and the resources of the Iona Community have touched us all. We are inspired by the belief of incarnation and a style of living that encourages peace and justice.

I helped to organise the Dutch Iona Group (est. 1999) and the production of Dutch songbooks and CD. I have also helped develop the Dutch edition of Coracle called Grieshog.
For my membership I developed an ecumenical and 40 days of Easter project that is very helpful in preparing for a spiritual Easter.

In daily life I work as a pastor in a protestant parish near Utrecht, and I specialise in spiritual accompaniment. I am married to Trudy and we have three children: Lidwien, Florean and Irene.