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In this series What can this be? we revisit a sequence we initially shared five years ago. We have long been drawn to Julian of Norwich [1342-c.1423] – one of the great unsung heroes of the contemplative tradition in the British Isles. Her ‘Showings’ or ‘Revelations of Divine Love’ manage to be both strange to the ear – and beautifully attuned to the challenges of contemporary life.  Through […]

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This series follows our body prayer for the Beatitudes ‘You are the Light of the World’ – now available to download from Proost. In times like these it seems particularly important to us that we are rooted in the Beatitudes – the great wisdom sayings of Jesus. To embody our prayers is to yearn for our praying […]

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Our series REFLECTING LIGHT draws on poems from Ian’s book Cave Refectory Road The images were all made on a visit this summer to the island of Iona, a much-prayed place that is very special to us. The lines from the Cave Refectory Road poems all, in different ways, seek to explore the possibility of finding light, […]

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Our series BREATHING DEEP draws on Ian’s book Breathing Deep: Life In the Spirit of Easter. As with the previous books in the series – Wilderness Taunts (Lent) and Some Small Heaven (Advent, Christmas & Epiphany) – this work began as a daily reflection in a church season. Breathing Deep is a journey through Eastertide, […]

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This series – Devotions – is our 100th! However long you have been following Morning Bell, thank you for traveling with us on the journey into prayer and into life. Devotions draws on a series of poems of the same name written by Ian in the haiku tradition, and published in the Unfurling collection. Each poem expresses something of our own journey in […]

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This series – The Beginning – is a return to our roots, following a path line by line through the opening chapter of St Mark’s Gospel. Probably written in the mid to late 60s AD, Mark’s gospel was probably also the first of the four gospels to come into being. There’s a sparse immediacy to Mark’s writing. Everything matters. Nothing is surplus. […]

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This series – A Spirituality for Turbulent Times – is an invitation to shape a life of spiritual practice that brings good to the world in the demanding times in which we live. Ian’s text for the series comes from a piece he has written for Missional Conversations – a wonderful new book [edited by Cathy […]

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Two great new resources that Ian has been involved in creating are now available: Ian’s collaborative project with Ric Stott TEMENOS is now available for download from Proost. Over a period of a year Ric and Ian were involved in sharing ideas, sketches for paintings by Ric, and lines for poems by Ian. Gradually the project […]

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Our series FUTURE PRESENT CONTEMPLATIVE  is an invitation to reimagine and reshape the world by engaging in contemplative practice. ‘Stillness becomes the source from which action becomes possible and fruitful; stillness the quiet spark of contemplation lighting the fires of action.’   The text and images for the series come from Ian’s contribution to Future Present […]

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Our series PHOS HILARON (A SONG OF THE  LIGHT)  is an invitation to allow the light of evening to takes us into stillness, prayer and contemplation of the presence of Jesus, light of the world. The text for the series comes from the canticle (a song of the Church) Phos Hilaron (A Song Of The […]

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