John invites us to participate and sing in discovering songs that carry themes of justice – and explores why such themes are often absent from from traditional hymnody and contemporary praise music. John has planned the music for our Eucharist, bringing together both familiar and fresh music from different parts of the world.
John Bell is a preacher, hymnwriter, composer, lecturer and broadcaster, who spends much of the year travelling, mostly in the Americas and Europe. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland. John has produced many collections of liturgy, scripts, sermons and reflections, original hymns and songs – many of which are sung regularly in churches around the world. And we look forward to singing with him when he visits Exeter Cathedral.
The Iona Community is an ecumenical Christian community of women and men who seek to live out the Gospel in a way that is radical, inclusive and relevant to life in the 21st century. A semi-autonomous project of the Iona Community, the Wild Goose Resource Group, through which John works, is about liturgy and worship, music, prayer, politics, diversity, devotion, participation, perception, curiosity and creativity, with a particular emphasis towards the training of the laity.
About Holy Ground
Holy Ground is an exciting opportunity to explore, question and express Christian spirituality and values in a beautiful and ancient setting. All are welcome at Holy Ground which takes place on the second Sunday of every month and is a mixture of creativity and contemplation. At Holy Ground, we enjoy combining creative approaches to spirituality with stimulating and open-minded discussions about Christianity and its contexts, as well as creating spaces for quiet reflection upon God, ourselves and the world.