Category: earth

Our series BREATHING DEEP draws on Ian’s new 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 […]

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Our new series BODY PRAYER explores the importance of bringing our bodies to prayer. Our words matter in prayer, of course, as does our silence. But prayer can easily become a cerebral exercise, neglecting our beautiful God-given embodied nature. The body carries memories and hopes, yearnings and intentions. It’s vital therefore that we allow prayer to take place in and through our bodies.  Increasingly […]

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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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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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In the Tuscan hill-town Cortona this June we found ourselves pausing at the shrines of saints and motor bikes. Santa Maria is loved here, and Moto Guzzi is revered. At these sun and candle-lit-shrines we found ourselves praying for others, making prayers both for the possible and prayers for the (seemingly) impossible. This series of Morning Bell explores the idea […]

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  This Morning Bell series explores our fraught relationship with the earth. The earth and many of her creatures are under severe pressure. We humans have been at best neglectful and at worst deliberately destructive  – endangering the planet and ourselves. In the Judaeo-Christian stream we are charged with being good stewards of creation. In so many […]

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  A new Morning Bell series begins tomorrow – ‘wall’. Ian has always been drawn to take photographs of surfaces, This series features a favourite old wall in the South West of England. We are always amazed at how the act of paying attention to something apparently mundane as a wall can be full of […]

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  This new Morning bell series for Pentecost and the start of the Trinity season explores pilgrimage. The essence of pilgrimage is a physical journey made with spiritual intention. We hope that this series may inspire you to make such a journey – local or far from home, short or demanding. If that’s not possible may […]

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  On the Road continues our second year of spiritual practice in Beloved Life. Working with ideas from Ian’s book Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living we are exploring how ancient practices from the Jesus tradition might be a gift in our own times and in our own places, helping to bring about the kind of better world that Jesus described as the ‘kingdom […]

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  In the Refectory continues our second year of spiritual practice in Beloved Life. Working with ideas from Ian’s book Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living we are exploring how ancient practices from the Jesus tradition might be a gift in our own times and in our own places, helping to bring about the kind of better world that Jesus described as the […]

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