Make a Difference in the World
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers,
Half-truths, superficial relationships,
So that you will live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice,
Oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you will work for justice, equity and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain,
Rejection, starvation and war,
So that you will reach out your hand to comfort them and change their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with the foolishness to think that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.
From ‘A World of Blessing’, edited by Geoffrey Duncan
December 6th, 7pm GMT – Garth Hewitt, Troubadour for Justice, concert and conversation
Commemoration of UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Presented from Fort Worth, Indiana, by Indiana Center for Middle East Peace – a full concert with Garth in conversation and song
December 6th – December Fest, presented by Zephaniah Trust
Starting at 2pm, this event will be streamed on YouTube
Garth’s contribution will be two or three songs during the last hour of the festival, between 7.30 and 8.30pm
December 7th – Amos Trust’s Bethlehem Big Give Christmas event
with special guest and host Sami Awad from Bethlehem – free event but registration required so follow this link for that
December 10th, 7pm – Come And See Bethlehem This Christmas – Virtual Tour of Bethlehem – presented by United Stockport Circuit on Zoom – Garth will be speaking and singing
Entry £5, proceeds go to the justice and peace initiatives of Alternative Tours Group, Palestine
for details contact:
December 17th, 7pm – presented by Amos Trust – Against the Grain, Garth Hewitt’s Christmas Retirement Concert
A full concert with Garth singing some favourites including seasonal songs, interspersed with anecdotes from Garth and tributes from around the world. Follow this link to register for the free event.
What Amos Trust is saying about this concert –
Part celebration of Garth Hewitt’s 35 years with Amos Trust, part online Christmas concert — Garth founded Amos Trust in 1985, to tell the unheard stories of the inspirational people he had met as he performed around the world and to raise awareness of their work and the issues they were responding to. Since that point, the vision and the songs have been interwoven within Amos.
Garth stepped back from a full-time role in 2012 and for the last 8 years as founder has sung, and played, written and recorded and provided wisdom and guidance. Please join us, and some special guests from around the world, as we celebrate his journey with Amos and those who have accompanied him on it here in the UK.
Please join us as we say a very very fond farewell from Amos to our founder and friend.
December 19th, 4pm – Sabeel-Kairos Advent Service 2020!
An online Advent service featuring a live address by Revd Naim Ateek (Founder of Sabeel Jerusalem and leading Palestinian Liberation theologian) and a time of Christmas-themed songs and prayer with Garth.
Click the link in the title to register for this free Zoom event.
“Garth, you are like a stick of rock,” says Dave Bilbrough
in his interview with Garth,
which you can listen to here
Dave and Garth discuss widely,
from the journey to find direction in life
and some of Garth’s early experiences,
the world of a troubadour or storyteller,
to prophecy, the Hebrew prophets and Jesus,
the challenging Christian community, the power of a song –
and what it means to be made in the image of God.
you can view it on Vimeo here
The original version of Strange Weapons, which includes the verse about the demonstration in South Africa with Desmond Tutu, and then goes to the story of Good Friday and Easter Sunday
In the sadness of the news from Myanmar the solitary witness of a nun in prayer was a very powerful moment. Seeing this action from Sister Ann (18 Feb 2021) reminded me of something I was trying to say in the song ‘Strange Weapons’. The first verse of Strange Weapons was about a demonstration in Cape Town during apartheid days. The procession as led by faith community leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Strangely I had been adding a verse to this song on the power of prayer and the first part of this verse very much reflect the example of Sister Ann.
Prayer is an act of defiance
Won’t accept the way things are
Prayer is an act of protest
Won’t accept the way things are 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