What’s our story?
The original Iona is both an island off the coast of Scotland, and the name of a monastery established by an Irish priest named St Columba in 563. This Celtic Christian community was very influential in spreading the faith back to England and Europe after invaders had nearly wiped it out. In community, people learned about Christ and lived with intentionality near their pagan neighbors, using their lives in creative ways to bring others to faith in Christ, inviting them to their shared life together in "The Way". Though the community fell into disrepair centuries later, in 1938 Rev George MacLeod reestablished it as a renewal center and it exists today as an ecumenical Christian community. Here is a link to their website here.
This Iona Community started as an idea for an Anglican Church plant in Vancouver Washington. From the beginning we saw a similarity between the culture of St Columba’s day and the culture here in the Pacific Northwest. The spirit of what Columba established seemed like a fitting aspiration for our church plant, taking on this ancient example of creatively engaging the world around us that has lost any significant sense of what the good news (gospel) of Jesus is, or what life is about. Instead of a monastery, it is a missional community. We want Iona to be a safe place of hope and healing, where people can learn about the reality of the hope we've experienced in the risen Christ. We do this in the atmosphere of worship and life together.