[[Image:Columba_Bay.jpg|left|thumb|300px|St. Columba's Bay, where the saint first landed on Iona]]
In 1938 the Church of Scotland Minister George MacLeod founded the Iona Community, an
"ecumenical " Christian community of men and women from different walks of life and different traditions in the Christian church that is committed to seeking new ways of living the gospel of Jesus Christ in today's world. The Community, which has care of the abbey, despite its ecumenical scope, is primarily affiliated to the [http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/ Church of Scotland], to whose General Assembly it reports annually.
The community is doctrinally liberal, strongly committed to working for social justice and produces much contemporary Celtic Christian material through its [http://ionabooks.com/ Wild Goose] arm. Such material, however, is sometimes at wide variance with Orthodox Christianity (e.g. in its frequent avoidance of the [[Holy Trinity|Trinitarian]] name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and its replacement with economic descriptions of divine action, such as 'Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier'). This said, the community is not tied up with any form of neo-pagan Celtic religion.
The Friends have organised pilgrimages to Iona and other Columban sites in the British Isles such as Donegal (the birthplace of St Columba); Columban sites in Strathclyde; and to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) which had close links with Iona.
The Chairman of the Friends is Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia and the friends have the blessing of many of the ruling hierarchs.
== External links ==
orthodox-iona. co.uk/ Friends of Orthodoxy on Iona]
*[http://www.cushnieent.force9.co.uk/CelticEra/celtic_abbsiona.htm Abbots of Iona]