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   Our series UNSUSPECTED JOY features the work of French Jesuit priest and philosopher Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955.) In his own lifetime Teilhard’s writings were suppressed by the Catholic church, but subsequently have found renewed acceptance. At a time when the world feels increasingly unstable, unpredictable and dangerous, Teilhard’s sense that everything is moving towards a good fulfilment may be both welcome and […]

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I’ve been working with artist Richard Stott on a project called Temenos – making paintings (Ric’s) and poems (mine) in a collaborative process. Here’s the first in the series, which explores the idea of threshold space – the place where a new thing can come into being.   The exhibition gets its first showing later this […]

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Sometimes my unconscious seems to help me process things by giving me a song to sing. A Brian Wilson song from the Beach Boys’ sublime Pet Sounds album has been surfacing recently. Its words on my lips. The core and final line on repeat. I guess I just wasn’t made for these times. Reflecting on […]

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We find much of our meaning and sense of self through our actions – through the stuff we make, the actions we take, the things we do. That’s natural, and fine as far it goes. But our true sense of identity is to be found in a deeper place of stillness. We need to discover how […]

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Earlier this year we realised that sometime around now we must be posting the 3000th Morning Bell! We began sending it out as a text message in 2008, converting it in 2012 into a visual image. In the next few months we’ll be returning to some of our earlier visual series, and sharing some vintage Morning Bells. Thank you for traveling with us, whatever the point […]

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Our series for the period from Ascension day until Pentecost is taking the theme Thy Kingdom Come, joining in with a global prayer movement which has grown out of an invitation of the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England to engage in prayer. Thy Kingdom Come is now an international and ecumenical call […]

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Our series for Easter explores how the resurrection of Jesus might change us and reshape the world for good. Is it possible that in some way we may encounter and find new hope in the risen Christ?     Ian’s images for the series are of a sculpture we love – made by Kathleen Scott, wife of the explorer – situated […]

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Our series for Lent 2017 uses images from Ian’s new book Wilderness Taunts: revealing your light. This began as a personal journey in which Ian re-imagined the temptations faced by Jesus as taunts that might throw us off balance – critical voices from external sources and from within ourselves. His experience was that when faced with honesty […]

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As winter continues we return to the Devotions haiku series from Ian’s Unfurling poem collection. These short poems have emerged from Ian’s experience of attempting to be still, to be present and to pray. We think of this as a daily practice of devotion to the presence of God and to the essence of being human.     Most of […]

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We are delighted to let you know that Ian has a new book out now on Canterbury Press. Wilderness Taunts: revealing your light began as a personal journey through Lent, shared each day on Morning Bell. Ian re-imagined the temptations faced by Jesus as taunts that might throw us off balance – critical voices from […]

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