I love the words of our reading from Isaiah chapter 9: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined.“
Then the words go on to talk about joy being increased because “the yoke of their burden… and the rod of the oppressor you have broken. All the boots of the tramping warriors, all the garments rolled in blood should be burned as fuel for the fire.”
Amos the journey – where we have come from
The first event I did this year – in the New Year was at the headquarters of the Dalit Solidarity Network in Delhi in India. I sang and I spoke under a portrait of Dr B R Ambedkar.
Ambedkar was a most significant player in Indian politics; a Dalit who rose up to become the chair of those who put together the Indian Constitution.
On Christmas Eve I had stood at a Buddhist meditative centre dedicated to Ambedkar right opposite the Taj Mahal – over the Yamuna river.
On the wall outside were the words that Ambedkar wrote to explain his reasons for conversion from Hinduism to Buddhism. It is couched in the shape of twenty-two oaths that he took, and he starts off by saying:
GHF Publications 2018
Bible Reading Fellowship 1999
Bible Reading Fellowship 1996
Kevin Mayhew 2012
Songs of Justice and Peace Vol 1
Word Music UK 1987
Amos Trust 1991
Scripture Union 1984
Scripture Union 1987
Details of more of Garth’s songbooks will be included soon
Tawfiq Salsaa, master carver of wood from Beit Sahour, Bethlehem, Palestine passed away on Friday 10th August from lung cancer.
Amos Trust knew him very well because he was the father of Wisam, our regular tour guide in the Holy Land.
A few hours before Tawfiq died his third grandchild, Daniel, was born to Wisam and Rasha.
Amos groups were regularly hosted at the home of Tawfiq and Ayda, Read more…
Garth Hewitt writes redemption songs
and then sings them without fear.
His voice comes through clearly,
challenging us by his witness to act for justice. His is a brave voice,
needed more than ever in a fearful world, and in a sometimes timid church.
Please God, it will help us
sing redemption songs of our own.
The Revd Lucy Winkett
Rector, St James’s Piccadilly
previous Chair of Trustees of Amos Trust