Support the Café

Search our Site

Iona Community begins $2.2 million capital campaign

Iona Community begins $2.2 million capital campaign

The Iona Community has begun a major capital campaign to preserve the ancient monastery and meet the needs of the many pilgrims who come to the island for prayer and spiritual refreshment.

The Guardian reports:

A Christian community which attracts pilgrims from around the world to contemplate and pray amid the wild beauty of the Hebridean island of Iona is in “serious jeopardy”.

The Iona Community has launched an urgent appeal to raise £1.5m to redevelop the buildings of St Colomba’s monastery. Without the work, the community could become “unfit for purpose” within a few years.

In a report to the Church of Scotland’s general assembly, meeting in Edinburgh this week, the community said: “Significant needs have been building over a number of years … which, if not addressed imminently, will place the long-term sustainability of the centre at significant risk.”

It added: “The impact of this on the island community of Iona would be catastrophic.”

If action is not taken now to improve the fabric of the buildings and the associated utilities, there is the prospect of the accommodation being unfit for purpose in 5 – 7 years’ time which would in turn place the Iona Community’s presence on Iona in serious jeopardy.

The Iona Community has had a profound impact on the way Episcopalians and many other Christians understand themselves and Christian spirituality. The community’s website describes the Iona Community as “a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.”

We are an ecumenical Christian community of men and women from different walks of life and different traditions in the Church engaged together, and with people of goodwill across the world, in acting, reflecting and praying for justice, peace and the integrity of creation; convinced that the inclusive community we seek must be embodied in the community we practise.

The report goes on the state the goals of the project:

Sixty years of piecemeal maintenance and sporadic upgrading of internal services, electrical, water, sewerage and heating, have led to constant and uneconomic patchwork repairs. The following capital works are required to address this problem together with the challenges of accessibility, flexibility and sustainability. The key areas of work focus on:

  • Ensuring access for people of all physical abilities
  • The re-configuration of the existing staircase and installation of a lift to the accommodation area.
  • Re-configuration of the refectory area (not currently accessible to those with any mobility issues) to create an inviting communal space.
  • Re-configuration of the dormitory-style bedrooms to maximise space and create rooms designed for single or twin occupancy.
  • Improved lighting in all corridors to ease access and create a safer environment.
  • The upgrading and improving of all utilities.
  • The replacement of all existing services, including the installation of a sustainable hot water and central heating system, with the necessary insulation.

Learn more here.


Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

1 Comment
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Susannah Clark

One of the most inspirational communities, anywhere, in the world.

Although I quite like the basic and dormitory-style accommodation, I really hope funds get provided to maintain the community buildings (including accessibility) and continue the wonderful work and mission, with its commitment to social justice.

That’s before you even start on the spiritually powerfully nature of the location.

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café