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Bishop Brian

Finding a Way to Freedom


In this space you can (listen to) or perform music in relation to the unjust imprisonment.

Singing is a popular form of resistance and peaceful protest used by prisoners and those supporting them alike.

This space contains suggestions for hymns, pieces of classical music and tracks from modern music albums. If you are designing a worship time you might like to consider using some of these suggestions.

Bishop Brian

Hymns you may have in your hymn book

  • When I needed a neighbour were you there?
    Sydney Carter (born 1915)
    © 1965 Stainer & Bell Ltd.

  • The God of hope is God who comes,
    Don Pickard (born 1941)
    © 1993 Stainer & Bell Ltd & The Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes

  • 'How can we sing our songs of faith In this far, foreign land?'
    Fred Pratt Green 1903-2000
    © 1982 Stainer & Bell Ltd (D.C.M.)

  • God's Spirit is in my heart.
    Alan Date (1902-1979) & Hubert J. Richards (B 1921)

Slave songs

There are a number of well known songs of resistance sung by black slaves in America which have become popular hymns including:

  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Wade in the Water
  • The Gospel Train's a'Comin'


  • Psalm 69
  • Psalm 102
  • Psalm 146

Taizé chant

  • I am sure I shall see
  • Jesus remember me
  • The kingdom of God

Listening to Classical music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Fidelio
  • Guiseppe Verdi, 'Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves' from Nabucco
  • Michael Tippett 'Go Down Jordan' and 'Steal Away' from A Child of Our Time

Listening to more contemporary music

We hope you have had a chance to engage with this space in music and song and that you have found sounds and songs which help you to reflect, pray or praise.

If you have other hymns, songs or music which you've found to be particularly inspiring on the themes of the house, we'd like to know about them through CT Connect or you can contact us through Anne Richards or MTAG.

Prayers: Pray for people who live in this house
Stories: Read and reflect
© CTBI and MTAG 2012

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Holding Cell

  • Welcome and warning
  • Guantanamo Bay

Solidarity through Scripture

  • Psalm 107, 142
  • Isaiah 42
  • Matthew 25
  • Acts 5,12,16
  • Hebrews 13


  • Images of imprisonment
  • Game – free the prisoner


  • Gift giving/Baggage
  • Dumping
  • Confession


Voices from and about imprisonment

Hope in time of darkness

  • Prayers
  • For those in prison, justice authorities, hostages, condemned


  • Websites for research
  • Amnesty

House arrest

  • Diary/blog
  • Review journal entries


  • Excerpt from Unreconciled?
  • News article about Liu Xiaobo

Finding a way to Freedom

Music - Songs, Hymns, Classical music


Films, books, CDs


  • Footsteps of Jesus
  • Passion of Jesus in John's gospel

Condemned cell

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Fr Maximilian Kolbe

Room 101

  • Woza
  • Fr Kolbe
  • Brian Keenan
  • Andy McNab




Empty your rucksack, and fill it with what? Will you be able to leave?