17 June 2016

Iona Christian community in 'serious jeopardy'

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, 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.”

The original monastic community was founded by Colomba, an Irish monk, almost 1,500 years ago.

Read more on Iona's serious jeopardy - The Guardian

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