As Members of the Iona Community we commit ourselves to:
- Daily prayer, worship with others and regular engagement with the Bible and other material which nourishes us
- Working for justice and peace, wholeness and reconciliation in our localities, society and the whole creation
- Supporting one another in prayer and by meeting, communicating, and accounting with one another for the use of our gifts, money and time, our use of the earth’s resources and our keeping of all aspects of the Rule.
- Sharing in the corporate life and organisation of the Community
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS are invited to keep the Rule whereas Full Members are held accountable for their keeping of the Rule.
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commitment
- that the Gospel commands us to seek peace founded on justice and that costly reconciliation is at the heart of the Gospel;
- that work for justice, peace and an equitable society is a matter of extreme urgency;
- that God has given us partnership as stewards of creation and that we have a responsibility to live in a right relationship with the whole of God’s creation;
- that, handled with integrity, creation can provide for the needs of all, but not for the greed which leads to injustice and inequality, and endangers life on earth;
- that everyone should have the quality and dignity of a full life that requires adequate physical, social and political opportunity, without the oppression of poverty, injustice and fear;
- that social and political action leading to justice for all people and encouraged by prayer and discussion is a vital work of the Church at all levels;
- that the use or threatened use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is theologically and morally indefensible and that opposition to their existence is an imperative of the Christian faith.
As Members and Family Groups we will:
- engage in forms of political witness and action, prayerfully and thoughtfully, to promote just and peaceful social, political and economic structures;
- work for a policy of renunciation by our own nations of all weapons of mass destruction and for the encouragement of other nations, individually or collectively, to do the same;
- celebrate human diversity and actively work to combat discrimination on grounds of age, colour, disability, mental wellbeing, differing ability, gender, race, ethnic and cultural background, sexual orientation or religion;
- work for the establishment of the United Nations Organisation as the principal organ of international reconciliation and security, in place of military alliances;
- support and promote research and education into nonviolent ways of achieving justice, peace and a sustainable global society;
- work for reconciliation within and among nations by international sharing and exchange of experience and people, with particular concern for politically and economically oppressed nations.
- act in solidarity with the victims of environmental injustice throughout the world, and support political and structural change in our own countries to reduce our over-consumption of resources.
Our working principles
We are motivated by our shared commitment to Jesus Christ and his proclamation of a just and generous new order; by our own experience of the common life, and by a creative spiritual practice of prayer, song, silence and sacrament.
We seek to offer practical support, mutual encouragement, challenge and inspiration to our members, staff and friends in our common task. We are committed to ongoing dialogue and learning and to prayer and action for health.
Our centres on Iona and Mull strive to be places of hospitality, sanctuary and challenge, which offer the experience of the common life and exposure to the concerns of the Iona Community to those who live in them and those who visit.
We seek in all our publications to inform, to reflect, to inspire and to bring about personal and political transformation. We have a bias to material that is based on practice, and which furthers the task of the Community.
Our environmental values
We strive in our practice for the highest environmental goals. We travel by public transport wherever possible. We are committed to reducing our energy consumption and environmental impact. We actively seek suppliers who share these goals.
Our social values
We deplore social injustice. We respect all our members, staff, guests and partners, irrespective of age, race, gender, religion, sexuality, disability, or health status. We actively campaign for social justice at all levels and have a particular commitment to inclusion of people living in poverty.
Our economic values
We deplore economic injustice. We are committed to the common good, to trade justice and to a critique of economic policies that increase poverty and inequality. We support our work through our own giving and our trading operations. We operate a balanced budget, try to bank and invest ethically and purchase fairly-traded goods. Our residential staff are paid the same, regardless of job. We seek to minimise salary differentials for non-residential staff.
Ours is a common task. Everyone has the opportunity to share in leadership in policy-making and spiritual practice. Our structures are democratic, and we strive for consensus. We give our leaders a mandate to act fast and effectively, but expect them to listen and respect the views of all. In particular, we are committed to extending the full participation of young people, within and beyond our movement.
Our Rule binds us to mutual accountability. We aim to be fully transparent and accountable for our use of money and time, and to operate with ethical codes of conduct.
Citizenship and partnership
We seek social transformation, and encourage our members to be engaged in civic and political structures at all levels. We actively seek collaboration with all people of goodwill who share our commitment to just and non-violent action, irrespective of nationality, religion or political creed. Working both outside and within military organisations, members are committed to standing against militarism and the arms trade and for mediation and reconciliation founded on justice.
Notes – We are also asked to give a written undertaking at the beginning of May each year (through the ‘With-us’ process) that we are ‘with the Community’ in commitment to the Rule. One reminder is sent by the Family Group to anyone not responding by 9th May. If no reply is received by the time of the AGM, the Member will be deemed to have conveyed his or her intention of resigning from Membership.