Garth Hewitt: the Flip Side of a 'troubadour'
To the average church audience, the Rev. Garth Hewitt presents a gentle image of a man focussed on issues of justice and peace. However the church minister also has a flip side.
Latest Release: Side A
Under the headline "Veteran Musician and Peace and Justice Crusader Garth Hewitt Releases New Album 'Justice Like a River'" on report states:
Garth Hewitt's new album, “Justice Like a River,” is a collection of songs for worship on the theme of justice. Containing material from different stages in Garth's career, “Justice Like a River,” includes some new and some re-recorded inspirational pieces.
Garth is hoping to see churches picking up on issues of justice and action inspired by the lifestyle of Jesus.
Speaking in a news release he said, “This album could have a subtitle ‘Occupy Worship.’ The Occupy movements have reminded us all of the need for fairer communities, where the division between rich and poor is not so great. The way of Jesus is a commitment to loving our neighbors, and doing unto others as we would have them do to us, and this should be part of the worship in our churches to inspire us to live this way.’
(Caveat: this is not Phil 4:8 at work; and there is spiritual danger Gen 12:3 .)
And now for the Flip Side
Footnotes: Until recently Rev. Garth Hewitt has been the Guild Vicar of All Hallows on the Wall in the City of London - a centre for organisations involved in issues of justice and art. He is also an honorary Canon of St George's Cathedral, Jerusalem.
See also: Christian Palestinianism for a fuller explanation of the dynamic at work - even amongst heavy weight evangelicals.