Iona Community Nederland’ is the new name of the Dutch Iona Group, which was founded in 1999. In 2024 we will celebrate our 25th anniversary.
At the moment four Iona Community Members and 34 Associate Members are living in the Netherlands. However, far more people are involved in the ‘Iona Community Nederland’ network.
Around 60 people meet regularly in five sub-regions (Regiogroepen), listed below. ‘Iona Community Nederland’ is a platform for people who are interested in Iona and the Iona Community. We want to promote and enculturate the ideas and thoughts of the Iona Community into Dutch society by organising national events, groups in sub-regions, and making available books and other resources for the wider public.
HOW WE WORK IN THIS REGION
We have five functioning sub-regions in the Netherlands.
The contact details for the regions are as follows:
Noord-Holland: Frans Breukelman. E: email@example.com
Mid-West: Anne van den Berg. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotterdam: Desirée van der Hijden and Jan Maasen E: email@example.com
Utrechtse Heuvelrug: Arie van Dijk. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zwolle: Annie Hasker. E: email@example.com
Each subregion meets 6 to 8 times a years to exchange personal news, discuss an Iona Community related issue, worship and, eat together.
On a national level a Coordination Group meets twice a year to support the subregions and to plan and evaluate national events and actions. Participants include Members, representatives of the subregions, representatives of working-groups (website, newsletter, Spring Conference, Columba Day). An Executive Committee of 4 people does the day-to-day management.
Each year we organise a Spring Conference in Dopersduin in Schoorl for everyone who is interested in Iona and the Iona Community. Dates for the next conferences:
- 24, 25 and 26 May 2024
- 29, 30, 31 May and 1 June 2025 (long weekend starting on Ascension Day)
We publish our own digital Newsletter 4 to 6 times a year, reaching 400 people, have a Facebook-page and a website: www.ionacommunity.nl
KEY PARTNERS AND NETWORKS IN THIS REGION
The Annual Spring Conferences are held in Dopersduin, the Mennonite Holiday and Conference Centre in Schoorl. E: www.dopersduin.nl
In the Netherlands you can buy many books of the Wild Goose Resource Group (in English) and books on Iona and the Iona Community in Dutch via the webshop of Docete. See www.docete – zoeken-Iona
Many of the Dutch books are written or translated by members of the Iona Community Netherlands.