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GMS at Greenbelt

Clare Balding presents live, before an invited audience, from the Greenbelt Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Greenbelt is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Carly Simon

    Let the river run

  • Dave Edmunds

    Queen of hearts

  • Lee Ann Womack

    Lord I hope this day is good

  • The Blind Boys of Alabama

    Down by the Riverside

  • Tom Odell

    Grow Old with Me

  • Supertramp

    Breakfast in America

  • Amy Macdonald

    This is the life

  • Savage Garden

    Truly Madly deeply

  • Hue and Cry

    Life as text

  • Garth Hewitt

    Hark I hear a joyful sound

  • Alison Krauss

    A living prayer

  • Van Morrison

    Precious time

  • Belinda Carlisle

    All God's children

  • Martyn Joseph

    Let yourself

  • Elton John

    Home again

  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding

  • U2

    Beautiful Day

  • Randy Newman

    You've got a friend in me

  • Thea Gilmore

    My friend goodbye

  • M People

    Search For The Hero

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

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.

ISBN 978-0-7459-5612-1


Jim Wallis

Thea Gilmore

Thea Gilmore

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore is playing at this year's Greenbelt, and is one of Clare's musical guests this morning.

Thea's latest album 'Regardless' is out now.

Thea Gilmore

Garth Hewitt

Garth Hewitt

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.


Garth Hewitt

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph

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.


Martyn Joseph

Vicky Beeching

Vicky Beeching
Vicky Beeching is an academic research fellow, writer and broadcaster specialising in the areas of religion, ethics and technology. She is also passionate about feminism and equality for women.Vicky holds degrees in Theology from Oxford, where she focused on contemporary ethics and the place of women in religion. Her current academic work looks at the way the Internet is affecting morality, and the ethical minefields raised by social media and digital communication. She is based in London, but also works as a Visiting Research Fellow in Internet Ethics at Durham University.