BREAKING! We are now more than 96% funded! Thank you so much to all our supporters.

 

There is still time to be part of this unique project. We need less than £200,000 to ensure that Phase 2 is completed and the Abbey can reopen in 2020. Become part of Iona Abbey’s future, and receive exclusive updates with behind the scenes photos of the work as it is happening by donating today.

The Iona Abbey Capital Appeal will ensure that active use of this iconic building, as a place of community and hospitality, is safeguarded for the future by increasing accessibility, flexibility and sustainability. It will enable the Iona Community to provide facilities which match our hospitality. Phase 1 was completed in 2018, ahead of schedule. It provided a wheelchair lift, fully accessible bathrooms, and automatic lighting- all these things make the Abbey safer and more accessible. 

About the Appeal

For almost 1,500 years since St Columba established this Christian outpost pilgrims, kings, and commoners have come seeking sanctuary, respite, and illumination on Iona. Since 1938 the Iona Community has taken up the mantle of St Columba to offer a place of worship, inspiration, and learning in the rebuilt Abbey living space.

Each week, community emerges as guests, staff, and volunteers share meals, common tasks, worship, and conversation. Over the course of each season some 3,000 people from around the world, of all faiths and none, come to participate in that community experience. Many of the annual 110,000 day visitors to the island are also welcomed to worship at the Abbey Church.

The project will be the catalyst that will expand the Abbey’s impact through:

  • Increasing participation by making our facilities accessible for all
  • Providing a safe, open gathering place for people seeking personal and social transformation
  • Reaching a diverse audience with the message and social action of the Iona Community
  • Creating opportunities for education, training and volunteer placements
  • Extending the season, and supporting the economic and cultural flourishing of Iona and Mull
  • Strengthening long-term financial sustainability

The rebuilding of the Abbey captured the hearts and minds of a previous generation. To keep alive their legacy we must invest in the future.

Phase 2 is currently underway

  • Refurbishing bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Insulating the community and living spaces
  • Installing renewable energy heating system
  • Making the refectory accessible
  • Upgrading the plumbing and electric services
  • Redecorating throughout

Become a donor to receive behind the scenes photographs and exclusive updates as work continues!

Architectural Drawing showing how the Refectory might look

 

A note from our patron, HRH The Princess Royal

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Princess Anne

HRH The Princess Royal

As Patron of the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal I am delighted by the Iona Community’s campaign to renovate the monastic buildings at the Abbey because I recognise the unique nature of this heritage site which offers hospitality as was originally intended. The distinctive pattern of community life at Iona Abbey is fundamental to the spiritual and economic well-being of the island and the impact reaches far beyond Iona.

I am encouraged that considerable progress has been made towards the target for the renovation project which will improve accessibility, accommodation and environmental sustainability. This initiative will enable the Iona Community to extend an inclusive welcome to people from all walks of life and to build on its commitment to issues of poverty, peace and social justice. It deserves all our support.

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The Project

 

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In partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, we will ensure that active use of this iconic building, for its original purpose, is safeguarded for the future by increasing accessibility, flexibility and sustainability.

The project will be the catalyst that will expand the Abbey’s impact through:

  • Increasing participation by making our facilities accessible for all
  • Providing a safe and open gathering place for people seeking personal and social transformation
  • Reaching a diverse audience with the message and social action of the Iona Community
  • Extending education , training and placement opportunities
  • Extending the season and assisting the economic and cultural flourishing of Iona and Mull
  • Strengthening long-term financial sustainability

 

We invite you to be part of this challenging venture. We seek your assistance to help us cross the line and raise £200,000 required to complete this project. There are many ways for you to be involved and help in raising these vital funds and  welcome donations.

Email [email protected] Tel +44 (0)141 429 7281

“In a world where Madeline L’Engle lamented, “Christians have given Christianity a bad name”, the Iona Community presents a positive witness to biblically-rooted, socially progressive faith.  We are delighted to help strengthen that witness by supporting the renewal of the Community’s island presence, furthering its outreach.”  Carol Myers (USA)

Options for donating to Iona Abbey Capital Appeal include:

  • a single payment
  • a regular payment spread over a number of years
  • a pledge (see pledge form below)
  • donations using gift-aid envelopes when there is a group activity
  • Taking part in the Pilgrim £ project

 

Donors can pay money into the Capital Appeal Account:

  • by cheque, made out to ‘The Iona Community, with ‘Abbey Capital Appeal’ written on the back and a note highlighting the gift is for the appeal
  • by debit or credit card, using the red button below and selecting ‘Abbey Capital Appeal’ as the destination
  • by bank transfer to the CO-OP Bank, specifying ‘Abbey Capital Appeal’ in the reference section:

Sort code:  83-91-25
Account Number:   70046573
IBAN/Swift code: GB44 CPBK 8391 2570 0465 73
BIC code: CPBKGB22

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In the Press

  • Pilgrimage site needs offerings for restoration

The Times (Scotland), 02/07/2018, p.23, Jeremy Watson
“One of Scotland’s most famous religious and spiritual centres is appealing for £500,000 for urgent repairs. The Iona Community wants to raise the money by the end of the year to fix the accommodation it provides for pilgrims from around the world and make it more accessible.”

  • Iona Abbey community appeals for help to stay on island

Press and Journal, 02/07/2018, p.8, Chris MacLennan
“The Iona Community charity has invited people from around the world to aid in its quest to secure £500,000 by the end of the year to safeguard its presence on the remote Hebridean isle.”

  • Iona plea for £500,000 so pilgrims can still progress

The Herald, 02/07/2018, p.9, Fiona Mckay
“1,500 guests to its Hebridean shores every year. However, the fate of the historical abbey precinct has recently been plunged into doubt because it has veered dangerously into disrepair. The Iona Community, the Christian group based on the island, said years of heavy use have taken their toll on the residential facilities at the island’s abbey.”

  • Iona Community needs offerings for restoration

The Times Online, 02/07/2018, p.1, Unattributed
“One of Scotland’s most famous religious and spiritual centres is appealing for £500,000 for urgent repairs.The Iona Community wants to raise the money by the end of the year to fix the accommodation it provides for pilgrims from around the world and make it more accessible.”

  • Iona community in final bid to save facilities

Herald Scotland (Web), 02/07/2018, p.1, Fiona McKay
“Recently the fate of the historical abbey precinct has been plunged into doubt after the Christian group based on the island said it has veered dangerously into disrepair. Read more: Iona Community’s future in ‘serious jeopardy’ The Iona Community has said that years of heavy use have taken their toll on the residential facilities at the island’s abbey, with a recent survey revealing that “without some urgent repairs and long-term major investment, they would be unfit for purpose within seven years”.”

  • Iona Community launches £500,000 appeal

The Scotsman, 02/07/2018, p.12, Jolene Campbell
“The Iona Community has launched an appeal to raise £500,000 for an accommodation overhaul. The Community welcomes around 1500 guests each year and has played a significant role in the island’s economy.”

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