‘Christianity is about relationship, hope…Rev Bruce Keeble’

As part of documentary films production, this documentary was made to record Rev Bruce Keeble’s views on Christianity, especially in relation to his wartime experience. He was the Minister of Hillhead Baptist Church, Glasgow, Scotland, from 1991 till 1998, where two of us, together with other Japanese people,  attended regularly. In this interview, he says that when he saw us for the first time among the congregation, he was taken aback.

He was a son of an English Christian missionary couple  to China, and his family was interned by the Japanese army in Shanghai during WWII. While he was with Hillhead Baptist Church, we didn’t ask him about his wartime experience, and he didn’t talk about it either.  In April 2015, however, we went to see him in England to hear his story for the first time.

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Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Directed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
26 minutes
In English
©2015 Japan Desk Scotland

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This has been shown:

(1) on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2015/16;

(2) on Sunday 29 May 2016 at Wellington Church, Glasgow, Scotland, during the joint evening service with Hillhead Baptist Church;

(3) on Tuesday 14 June 2016 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ’Intangible legacies‘ event jointly organised by University of Glasgow Chaplaincy and Japan Desk Scotland. The event was part of the West End Festival;

(4) on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2016/17; and

(5) on Thursday 22 June 2017 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Inclusive Glasgow – Documentaries’ event. The event was part of the West End Festival.