In Spirit and Truth – John Bell and Jo Love

In Spirit and Truth: Belief, Worship & Discipleship

led by John Bell & Jo Love of the Iona Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group

Saturday 1st October 2011 10.00 am – 4.00pm at St Mark’s (registration from 9.15 am)

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP between belief, worship and discipleship? How do our convictions about God, the universe and human being inform our worship? What would worship shaped by Jesus’ kingdom vision look like and how would it equip us to embrace that vision in our lives? These are some of the questions that John Bell and Jo Love will be exploring in what promises to be an insightful, energizing and enjoyable day.

In Spirit and Truth is an open, ecumenical conference and assumes no specialist knowledge or experience beyond a lively faith and an inquiring mind. Refreshments will be available as well as a bookstall. The cost of the day is £8.00 (unwaged £5.00).

John and Jo introduce their seminars . . . . .

Morning – Subconscious Shaping (10.00 – 1.00 pm)

A prime presumption in many churches is that preaching is what shapes belief and discipleship. The truth is that preaching is only one of a number of factors. What we sing can be far more defining of our theology and self-image as may be the community of which we are apart and everything about it from architecture to audio systems. In this seminar we explore what shapes us unawares and how.

Afternoon – Intelligent Design (2.00 – 4.00 pm)

With apologies to those who would love to debate the existence of God, this seminar will concentrate on what viable alternatives people of faith may use to enable their worship life and discipleship to reflect in the 21st century the priorities of Jesus’ own lifestyle and teaching.

This will draw on some examples of life choices and liturgy which have grown out of the Holy City event in Glasgow.

About the Speakers

JOHN BELL is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community. He currently works with the Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group, specializing in the areas of music and worship. Honoured by the Presbyterian Church of Canada, the Royal School of Church Music and the University of Glasgow, John has produced (some with Graham Maule) many collections of original hymns and songs as well as two collections of songs of the World Church. He is an occasional broadcaster, lectures in theological colleges in Britain and US, but is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at grass roots level.

JO LOVE is an ordained deacon of the Church of Scotland and an Associate Member of the Iona Community. She worked for several years in urban parishes, with much involvement in youth and children’s work, faith exploration and enabling creativity in worship. She is qualified in primary teaching and is also a long-term member of the Holy City planning group. Drawing others into creative thinkings and doings is her passion and delight.

More details, including the booking form, are available for download: In Spirit and Truth booking form

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