An Evening with John Bell
Celtic Spirituality: Ancient Gifts for Modern Times
Hosted by Eremos and the Australian Network for Spiritual Direction
Celtic Spirituality in Britain and Ireland dates back to the 5th century, but its singular gifts have only recently been valued. It emerged from rural people, who discovered and affirmed that God and faith could not be confined to what is conventionally termed 'religious’ but had to be celebrated in all of life and in the physical fabric of the world.
Come and join us for an engaging and stimulating evening with John Bell, often best known for his passion for building community and advocating diverse expressions of faith. As well as breaking open the riches of Celtic Spirituality; John will invite us to unite our voices in song and celebration.
Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street Sydney
Tickets available now
Early Bird (purchased by 1 May) $20 or $15 for Eremos and ANSD members
Regular admission (after 1 May) $25 or $20 for Eremos and ANSD members
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John Bell is a hymn writer, author and occasional broadcaster with The Iona Community based in Glasgow. Part of the existence of the Iona Community is to support centres for reconciliation and to be catalysts within churches for social justice, which John encourages through his travels around the world.His public speaking and his musical achievements have and continue to be at the service of a faith lived in social action.
Iona is an ecumenical community of men and women founded in Scotland in 1938—during the depths of the Great Depression and amid prospects of war. The founder, George MacLeod, was an inner-city minister who was appalled by the lack of impact the church had on the lives of those most hard-hit by economic and political events.
As a vital part of the work of this growing community its members returned to the inner city to build housing and to experiment with different patterns of Christian life. The main tenets of the community became peace and justice, work and a new economic order, and community and celebration.
Today the community is led by 200 men and women who reside mainly in Britain, but also in Africa, Australia, India, and North America.
‘I want to help people find bigger categories in which to hold God and Christ and Spirit—and themselves. I want to help them supplement and expand their images of God beyond those old images we’ve inherited.” --John Bell
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