Associates’ Work/Study Week: Joining the Song of Global Justice

May 5, 2013 - May 11, 2013
Offered by Sorrento Centre
Sorrento BC


Sunday, May 5 – Saturday, May 11, 2013


Associates’ Work/Study Week:
Joining the Song of Global Justice
with John Bell

John Bell


Singing is an incredibly important activity, not least because it shapes what we believe.

This is more true of the music of the church than of many other types of singing. What we believe about God, Jesus, the Spirit, ourselves and discipleship is often predicated more on what we repeatedly sing than on what we hear preached.

Therefore the amazing silence of much Christian music on issues of social, political, economic and ecological justice has twin negative effects.

It convinces some people that these issues are clearly ‘not the Lord’s business’ while people outside the church take the paucity of hymns on justice issues as a sign that Christians are apathetic in such matters.

Fortunately while many 20th century writers were avoiding hard issues, the Bible and contemporary writers in the southern hemisphere were voluble. It is mostly from these ancient and contemporary sources that the series of seminars will draw.

JOHN BELL is a Resource Worker with The Iona Community , who lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations. He is a hymn writer, author and occasional broadcaster, but retains a primary passion for congregational song. John is based in Glasgow and works with his colleagues in the areas of music, worship and spirituality.

Worship and Music Leadership

Logan McMenamieLOGAN McMENAMIE is the Dean of the Cathedral in Victoria [website »] and has served a number of parishes on Vancouver Island, from to Tofino to Victoria. He is originally from Scotland and has been shaped and formed by Celtic Christianity in his personal experience.

Michael GormleyMICHAEL GORMLEY is Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, BC [website »] – a position he has held since 1984. Michael completed studies in organ, conducting and church music at the Vienna Academy of Music [info »] and was conductor of the Vienna Boys Choir [info »] from 1978-1984. Since coming to Victoria, he has been involved with many local choirs, orchestras and theatre ensembles. He is the founding director of the CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble [website »].


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