Seminar – John Bell “Celtic Gifts for Modern Times”
JOHN BELL “CELTIC GIFTS FOR MODERN TIMES”
Music is very powerful. You can hear a song and it can conjure up memories – happy, sad, reflective, reverent. A song’s words can touch your heart and soul or help you to understand where you are on your journey or even fill that void that sometimes consumes us when we feel we are alone in our sorrow. Bhakthi Sankeertan wrote in her book Healing through Music: The Holistic Health Dictionary on Music Therapy:
“From ancient times, music is something that has put people in touch with their innermost feelings. Different kinds of music works upon different emotions of an individual and releases the various incomplete emotions leading towards a total healing of body and mind”
With this understanding of the spirit-filled properties of music, it is no coincidence that every faith tradition uses music and song within worship. Chanting, rhythm, hymns, songs, instruments and dance are all used to connect in a meditative state with God, Allah, Buddha, Creator, The Divine; whatever name we are called upon to worship the Holy.
John Bell agrees, and is passionate about this connection with God through the faith-fill song of the gathered community. In 2013 he was interviewed as that year’s recipient of the Community of Christ International Peace Award. Their discussion focused on the Iona Community and how it links justice and peacemaking to the gospel through song. Within the interview Bell shares his passion and belief that song is foundational to our theology, Christology, and mission. “The things we sing” he said, “determine our outlook on life.”
John Bell is a composer, author and performer of hymns, songs, chants and liturgies. He offers lectures, seminars, worship experiences and renewal across the spectrum of faith traditions.
St Stephen’s College is proud to present John Bell’s “Celtic Gifts for Modern Times” on March 21-22, 2014 at McDougall United Church in Edmonton, Alberta. This two day interactive and engaging seminar shares an evening of song from Bell’s “Iona Community” and subsequent discussions on “Patron Saints and Tribal Deities”, as well as “Ancient (Celtic) Gifts for Modern Times”
For the full descriptions of each lecture please visit our John Bell Events page. We invite you to register now to participate in what is anticipated to be an enlightening look into spirituality, faith and our connectedness to ancestral teachings and contemporary yearnings.