Category: morning bell

Our series SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD  is an invitation to reflect on the person of Jesus, to enter stillness and prayer in his presence, and to meditate on the possible nature of his being as gift to the world. The text for the series comes from the canticle (a song of the Church) Saviour of […]

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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 series CROSSINGS shows images and text from the Crossings Exhibition currently on show in Southwell Minster. The show is by 36 artists of various faith traditions and spiritualities engaging with the theme of Crucifixion and Resurrection. The Crucifixion artworks are being shown in Lent. In the Easter season new works by the same artists […]

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Our new series TEMENOS shows images and text from the collaboration of the same name between Ian and Ric Stott. 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 series emerged around a theme of threshold or liminal […]

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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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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 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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