SEMINAR – “Celtic Gifts for Modern Times” with John Bell
ST STEPHEN'S COLLEGE PRESENTS
MARCH 21-22, 2014
Friday event: $30.00
Saturday workshop: $85.00
Attend both days for $100.00
Hosted by: McDougall United Church, Edmonton
Register by March 7, 2014
Online Registration Form
March 21 (Fri 7:00 – 9:00pm)
“Songs from the Iona Community”
Iona has long been renowned for its innovative approach to worship and music. John Bell will perform and lead a variety of songs written in recent years: traditional folk or hymn tunes; psalm settings and biblical paraphrases; global songs; songs dealing with issues of social and ecological justice; and chants used in prayer or meditation.
March 22 (Sat 9:30am–4:00pm)
“Patron Saints and Tribal Deities”
A reflection on how, despite the avowed agnosticism of the age, people yearn for and are devoted to surrogate deities; along with insights on what is important for the well-being of all persons of faith as they respond to secularised/commercialised culture.
“Ancient (Celtic) Gifts for Modern Times”
Looking at the sources of Celtic spirituality, both from the ancient monks and from their lay successors; and offering unique perspectives on the way the Celts and their present day contemporaries engage with scripture, prayer, and our relationship to the Earth.
John L. Bell is a native of Kilmarnock, who lives in Glasgow where he studied Arts and Theology. After spells of voluntary work in London and Amsterdam, and engagements in student politics, he was ordained by the Church of Scotland. For ten years he worked in youth ministry before transferring to concentrate on music and worship. He lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and in Southern Africa. He is a hymn writer, author and occasional broadcaster on national radio and television, but retains a primary passion for congregational song. He and the work he shares with his colleagues has been honoured by the Royal School of Church Music, the Hymn Society in the US & Canada, and the University of Glasgow, the first and second of which bestowed on him the status of Fellowship, the third a Doctorate.