John Bell is an ordained minister and member of the Iona Community, who lives in Glasgow. He has been actively engaged in church music for over forty years as an animateur, composer and author. With his colleagues he has published numerous volumes of congregational songs. He has lectured and conducted seminars throughout the world on issues relating to music, liturgy, scripture, and spirituality.
Session 1: The Converting Power Of The Incarnation
Theme: The term 'incarnation' is most commonly associated with the birth of Jesus. However, as the ancient Celts appreciated, the significance of the incarnation was of a more profound significance than a midwinter festival celebrating Jesus' birth. It affected their understanding of God, their prayer life and their practice of discipleship. This is the broad perspective we will be exploring in our contemporary context.
Session 2:The Essential Untold Stories
Theme: Even were we to go faithfully to every Sunday service, we would never hear more than a quarter of the Bible read. The lectionary is quite cosmetic: it papers over the cracks and does not allow us to see the risky people God chose, the profile of women which God favoured, and the strands of humour which have been carefully overlooked. In this seminar we will mine some hidden riches.
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