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Faith, Gospel and the Blues: An American Story


As America enters another turbulent period, Bloomsbury Central Baptist church welcomes two guests from the United States to discuss faith, gospel and the blues.

We’ll be hosting two online meetings in January 2021, in which we’ll consider how songs which have their roots in an era of slavery and oppression can speak to today’s situation.

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On Wednesday 13th January at 7.30pm, we’ll be joined by Rev. Travis Adams, Director of Youth Ministries from Flossmoor Community Church on the outskirts of Chicago. Music plays an important part in his ministry with a diverse, multiracial congregation. He was previously a member of the ministry team at Bloomsbury. 


On January 27th at 7.30pm, the special guest to discuss blues music is Dr. Dina M. Bennett, the Curatorial Director for the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. She will trace the links between blues and gospel.

The sessions will feature videos of well known songs, which we invite you to listen to with fresh ears. Both events will be moderated by Duncan Bartlett, a Deacon at Bloomsbury Baptist Church and a former presenter on the BBC World Service. 

To join these sessions, please contact Bloomsbury's Minister Simon Woodman for the Zoom link.

You can watch-again the previous sessions in this series:

Stand By Me - with Naveen Arles of the London International Gospel Choir -

Hold On - with Udoka, a member of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church -

Mary Don't You Weep - with The Revd Stephen Hance -

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