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A weekend with John Bell: Fault Lines and Fantasies

John Bell does not need much of an introduction. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a Member of the Iona Community, where he works full time in the areas of music and worship. Not only is he personally responsible for a long list of hymns and anthems sung in churches around the world, but he also is a much in demand broadcaster and teacher and on Iona-Celtic-Christian approaches to prayer, worship and social justice.

John was a huge success when he first came to Ammerdown in 2013: “John has nourished my soul this weekend. He combines a true love and knowledge of the scriptures with thought-provoking honesty and integrity mixed with a wonderful warmth and humour”; “Shared thinking outside the box; great story telling to illustrate points; warm and engaging interaction”.

On his chosen topic, ‘Fault Lines and Fantasies’, John writes: “That bad things happen is self-evident. But how the people of God cope with such eventualities is not an easy business, especially when a popular but glib answer is ‘just pray about it’. In this retreat we will be looking at the world God made and the fault lines which have been there since the dawn of creation, pondering whether they are purposed for beauty or terror. We will also explore the fault lines in human lives and, while never being able to answer the mystery of suffering, will explore some of the contexts in which we can come to terms with lives which are less than perfect. The Scriptures (especially Genesis, the Psalms and the Miracles) will be our guides, as well as our shared experience and wisdom.”

Led by: John Bell

Please arrive for 6pm on Friday. The course ends with lunch on Sunday.

John Bell does not need much of an introduction. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a Member of the Iona Community, where he works full time in the areas of music and worship. Not only is he personally responsible for a long list of hymns and anthems sung in churches around the world, but he also is a much in demand broadcaster and teacher and on Iona-Celtic-Christian approaches to prayer, worship and social justice.

John was a huge success when he first came to Ammerdown in 2013: “John has nourished my soul this weekend. He combines a true love and knowledge of the scriptures with thought-provoking honesty and integrity mixed with a wonderful warmth and humour”; “Shared thinking outside the box; great story telling to illustrate points; warm and engaging interaction”.

On his chosen topic, ‘Fault Lines and Fantasies’, John writes: “That bad things happen is self-evident. But how the people of God cope with such eventualities is not an easy business, especially when a popular but glib answer is ‘just pray about it’. In this retreat we will be looking at the world God made and the fault lines which have been there since the dawn of creation, pondering whether they are purposed for beauty or terror. We will also explore the fault lines in human lives and, while never being able to answer the mystery of suffering, will explore some of the contexts in which we can come to terms with lives which are less than perfect. The Scriptures (especially Genesis, the Psalms and the Miracles) will be our guides, as well as our shared experience and wisdom.”

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