GMS at Greenbelt
This week Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding comes live from the Greenbelt Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse before an invited audience. Greenbelt is an arts, faith and justice festival which attracts annual attendances of more than 20,000 and this year it's celebrating its 40th anniversary.
American theologian Jim Wallis joins Clare in conversation. He's one of the most influential voices on religion, politics and social justice in the United States today. He's known President Obama since his senator days and has served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighbourhood Partnerships. He's a New York Times best-selling author and a regular commentator in many high profile American newspapers. He'll be discussing his new book "On God's Side" which was published in the UK in April.
There are also live music performances from Martyn Joseph, Thea Gilmore and Garth Hewitt.
Jim Wallis is one of the most influential voices on religion, politics and social justice in the United States today. A New York Times bestselling author, he recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values for the World Economic Forum.
Jim has known President Obama since his senator days, but is keen to point out that 'Obama and I are friends, but I'm not his spiritual advisor ... As long as he's President, I'm challenging him to protect the poorest and the most vulnerable.'
Jim lives in Washington DC, with his wife Joy Carroll, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England, and who was advisor, inspiration and role model for Richard Curtis for his comedy series "The Vicar of Dibley".
On God's Side - What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good by Jim Wallis is published in the UK by Lion Hudson.
Garth Hewitt sang at the first Greenbelt Festival in 1974 and served on the Greenbelt board for 25 years. This year he's launching his latest album "Liberty is Near!" at the festival and joins Clare to talk about the story behind it. The album is based on the lyrics of a 19th century Chartist Hymnbook which was recently rediscovered and which Garth has put to music.
Cardiff’s charismatic and unstoppable Martyn Joseph, 'The Welsh Springsteen' continues to garner fans everywhere with his singular musical brew of roots-folk-blues-rock, which Bob Harris described as 'stunning and heartfelt'. He won the Best Male Artist title in the BBC Welsh Music Awards whilst There’s Always Maybe won the global Independent Music Awards Best Folk Song category. Martyn is a regular performer at Greenbelt, this year being no exception.