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John Bell - Lecture and Music Workshop

20 May 2023, 10:00


Ely Cathedral welcomes John Bell to give a lecture and music workshop.

Following a lecture entitled, ‘Imagination as a key to unlocking Scripture,’ John will lead a workshop drawing on his wide experience of empowering congregational singing to enrich worship.

All are welcome. No previous singing experience necessary. Bring your own lunch.
(No additional entrance fee for the Cathedral.)

10.00 Coffee
10.30 Lecture
12.30 Lunch break
2.00pm Music Workshop
4.30pm Event end

Tickets: £10. Accompanied under 18s: free

John Bell will preach at the 10.30am Cathedral Service on Sunday 21 May.

The Imagination as a Key to Unlocking Scripture
Many Christians have been brought up with a reverence for intellectual interpretations of scripture from people with whom they have little in common. The suspicion is that the ‘right answer’ to puzzling scriptures can only be unlocked by the learned. In this lecture, the ‘right answers’ mentality is questioned and the proven worth of experience, insight and imagination celebrated in graphic detail.

John Bell
John L. Bell was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland. He graduated in both Arts and Theology at Glasgow University, and before ordination worked in voluntary capacities in London and Amsterdam. His first appointments were in youth work. Since 1987 he has been employed by the Iona Community as a resource worker in the areas of spirituality, liturgy and social justice. With his colleagues in the Wild Goose Resource Group he has published over thirty volumes of hymns, anthems and liturgical material. His most recent non-musical publications are Living With The Psalms (SPCK 2020) and The Long and the Short of It (Wild Goose Publications 2022). He lectures and teaches across the denominations and across the globe, and is the recipient of a number of honorary awards including two fellowships and a doctorate.