Rev. John L. Bell
Peace Award to Honor
Renowned Hymn Writer
BY BRAD MARTELL
Peace and Justice Ministries
The Rev. John L. Bell, hymn writer and author, will receive the 20th Community of Christ International Peace Award on October 18. The event will be webcast live at www.CofChrist.org from the Temple in Independence, Missouri. The theme, “Peace, Justice, and Song,” will honor his life’s work and passion to promote justice and peacemaking through congregational worship and song.
John L. Bell is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community in Glasgow, Scotland. His approach can be summarized as an edgy integrity calling us to be accountable for the current condition of Christ’s mission on Earth.
Rev. Bell is a resource worker for Wild Goose Resource Group (a semi-autonomous project of the Iona Community). He and his colleagues have been honored by the Royal School of Church Music, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and the University of Glasgow.
Rev. Bell works throughout the world, lecturing, preaching, leading worship across denominations, and sharing enthusiasm for the renewal of congregational worship.
Founded in Scotland in 1938, the Iona Community proclaims on it website:
A commitment to Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation is an integral part of the Rule of the Iona Community, and a key aspect of our lives both as individuals and as a community.
The Iona Community is an ecumenical association of men and women, lay and ordained, committed to the renewal of the church and society. This year Iona celebrates 75 years of Christian community.
Engaging Our Mission
The Peace Colloquy will focus on justice and peacemaking through worship and music as we celebrate the launch of our next hymnal, Community of Christ Sings. More than a dozen songs from Rev. Bell and the Iona Community will be included in the next hymnal, reflecting Christ’s mission and Community of Christ Mission Initiatives.
Everyone is invited to attend and share this uplifting, song-filled weekend. There will be programming for all ages. Events will include a youth retreat that again will run concurrently with the Colloquy.