An island of the Inner Hebrides off the West Coast of Scotland / 563 Columba founded the monastery there / Christianization of Scotland and northern England emanated from Iona / 795-806 Viking attacks / c. 800 Book of Kells / 1203 Benedictine abbey founded anew / 1858 visited by Fontane as reported in his book Beyond the Tweed / 1938 founding of the Iona Community by MacLeod and reconstruction of the abbey: 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.

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