Noted composer to perform, speak - Catholic Courier

Noted composer to perform, speak

Noted theologian and composer John Bell will perform and present workshops at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester Jan. 26-28.

Bell is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) and is a member of the Iona Community, a Scottish ecumenical group committed to the renewal of church and society. He lectures, preaches and conducts workshops at churches in Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa.

The programs will include a spirituality workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, which will focus on "The Engaged Spirituality of Jesus" and "Imagination in and Around Holy Scripture." The suggested donation for the event is $10; staff and group rates also are available.

Bell also will perform a concert, "The Splendor of the House of God," which will feature songs for the assembly from the Iona Community repertoire at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. The concert will feature a free-will offering.

Bell will present a Scripture study from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, on "The Reappearance of Biblical Missing Women." The study will feature a free-will offering.

He also will appear at a potluck dinner and evening of reflection for musicians from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. The cost is $5 per person plus a dish to pass.

All events are open to the public and will be at the cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester.

The events are cosponsored by the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Liturgy, the Diocesan Music Committee and the Rochester Chapter of the National Association of Parish Musicians. To register, contact Pamela Rickerl at or call 585-254-3221.

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