a new book – Wilderness Taunts

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 external sources and from within ourselves. His experience was that when faced with honesty and openness, the truth of these taunts, however disturbing, also begins to reveal some deeper truth. In the darkness, our light is revealed…

 

 
Wilderness Taunts is a series of 40 meditations in Ian’s words and photos, drawing on those original experiences. We hope that this book may be a gift to you in Lent and beyond, helping you to always find the light within you…

Grace and peace to you
Ian & Gail

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new publication: Seeking Light

 

Ian has a new publication out – Seeking Light – available now for download from online publisher Proost. In words and images Seeking Light explores a spiritual path through Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

 

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One of the many gifts of Christmas is its capacity to nurture within us an openness to new possibilities coming into being, unseen, unlikely, unnoticed. Closer than we may imagine, something new is always being birthed. God coming towards us, God with us, God within us. A stream of light spilling under the door of darkness. May we not miss the wonder of this moment… See all of Ian’s Proost publications here.

 

We all blossom in the presence of one who sees the good in us and who can coax the best out of us…
(Desmond Tutu). Explore Gail’s life-coaching and spiritual mentoring here.

 

And booking is now open for our 2017 retreats: Oxford in May, Scargill in June and Ammerdown in August. We hope you can join us!

Grace and peace to you

Gail & Ian

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Morning Bell: You Are The Light

Welcome to a new series of Morning Bell – a chance each day to experience stillness, to explore contemplation and to enter prayer. In the northern hemisphere we are now deep into Autumn, the hours of darkness lengthening each day. In this series You Are The Light we are returning (as we will continue to do) to the Beatitudes, perhaps the core wisdom teachings of Jesus.

 

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Our experience is that the Beatitudes don’t get the attention they deserve. Perhaps because they are so demanding. You may know the famous quotation by GK Chesterton: the Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried. We sense that the Beatitudes may be a good place to begin or to renew our trying.

The photographs in You Are The Light were all made by Ian around the waterfront in Plymouth. They have just been shown at the North Cornwall Book Festival. Together they form a meditation on the Beatitudes and related sayings of Jesus in chapters 5 & 6 of Matthew’s Gospel, including sayings in which light is the main theme. We think that they are really important in this context. We may be familiar with Jesus’s claim to be the light of the world. Perhaps less familiar with his saying you are the light of the world.

The Beatitudes are demanding but potentially transformative. How might they reshape us for good? And what kind of world might they be calling into being? The light the world needs is yours. You are the light of the world. Let your light shine. And your whole body will be full of light…

Thank you for sharing the spiritual path with us. May grace, peace and light find you…

Ian & Gail

 

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Morning Bell: Mercy series

‘The mercy of God is not an abstract idea’ says Pope Francis ‘but a concrete reality’. This series of Morning Bell is exploring the concept and the reality of mercy, and how the practice of mercy might reshape us and the world for good.

Text for the series is from Misericordiae Vultus – the declaration in which Pope Francis called for a Year of Mercy. Images for the series are all from a recent visit we made to the city of Liverpool, and many feature the wonderful Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.

 

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In pausing together for stillness and prayer each day we hope that we may each find mercy reaching out to us as we reach out our own hands in mercy to others…

Grace, mercy and peace to you

Ian & Gail

 

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morning bell: 40 Invitations – series for Easter

This new series for the Easter season titled 40 Invitations runs from Resurrection Sunday until Ascension day. It draws on themes and phrases from the stories told in the gospels about the resurrection of Jesus, inviting us to live in the spirit of resurrection here and now. The core of each of these 40 reflections was written in real time in Easter 2015 as Ian attempted to let the resurrection story work on him. And the heart of each invitation remains here as it was written then, retaining the raw surprise of the Easter experience. We hope that you will find something of yourself here.

 

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Images for the series were taken by Ian on Iona and Mull. We hope that they convey something of the vibrancy of the resurrection possibility.

If you enjoy this series the full text and additional images are available to download now from Proost. This Easter season may you discover the resurrected Jesus already living around you and within you. And so may everything change for good…

Ian & Gail

 

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morning bell: 40 Temptations – series for Lent

We begin a new series for the season of Lent: 40 Temptations. This series draws on the gospel accounts of the testing and temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. In this series Ian has re-imagined the temptations that we might face as taunts that might throw us off balance. In our experience there is an element of truth in each taunt – but if we face them with honesty we may discover, in the grace of God, the gift of some greater reality.

 

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Ian wrote a reflection based on these 40 Temptations ‘in real time’ each day in Lent last year – the full text and images are available to download now from online publisher Proost. The images for the series are all made from photographs reflecting the bleak beauty of our urban landscape.

This series is demanding – perhaps as it should be in Lent. Please be kind to yourself, and take a break should you need one. As we pray and reflect together with Morning Bell may we find all the strength and grace we need to allow this season to do its work of preparation and transformation within us…

Ian & Gail

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Morning Bell: Lament series

January 27 is Holocaust Memorial day, a day to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides that continue today. In Morning Bell this solemn moment marks the beginning of a series ‘Lament’ in which we aim to create space to lament all the death-dealing activity that continues to be perpetrated.

Lament is the necessary first step to enable our participation in change for good, by recognising the reality of what has happened. Through attention to lament – and in the grace of God – some renewed sense of hope may, in time, emerge.

 

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The text for the series is from a lamentation by the Jewish prophet Jeremiah on the downfall of Israel and the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians at the beginning of the 6th century BC. The images for the series were taken by Ian and Gail in Berlin in 2015.

In lament, may grace and peace be yours,
and hope renewed…
Ian & Gail

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Morning Bell: Song of the Wilderness – a series for Advent

Our series for Advent is working with phrases from some canticles (songs) of the Church for the season. The canticles themselves draw on scripture, with the opening canticle in this series ‘A Song of the Wilderness’ borrowing lines and ideas from the book of Isaiah (chapter 35.) The images for the series were all made in November on a stretch of the Cornwall coast. Most of the time the weather was coming in at the horizontal – giving a little hint of wilderness!

 

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Advent is a time for waiting and for preparation, for self-awareness and for action. We encourage you to allow the words and images to shape your stillness and prayer. And so may you be blessed this Advent…

Grace and peace to you
Ian & Gail

 

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Morning Bell: Ecclesiastes series (for everything a season)

This series of Morning Bell is working with a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes, one of the wisdom books of the Hebrew scriptures and the Christian Old Testament. The writer of Ecclesiastes (‘the Teacher’ – probably writing in the 3rd century BC) ponders the absurdity and the goodness of life. Ecclesiastes can seem care-worn, even cynical: ‘All is vanity’. ‘All things are wearisome’ and ‘there is nothing new under the sun’. But it is full also of possibility: ‘Light is sweet’. ‘Banish anxiety from your mind’ and ‘remember your creator.’ It is a book, we sense, for our demanding times, and one to which Morning bell will return.

 

 

 

 

For us, each line is as much a question as it is a proclamation. And the book is both deeply personal and absolutely communal. For you and for me. And for the world. It asks us – how do you want things to be? And how will you play your part in the shaping of a better world now?

The images for the series were all taken on Iona by Ian, most of them this past summer on the Beloved Life ‘Unfurling’ week with the Iona Community. We invite you to join us in spending time each day in the company of Ecclesiastes, and in the setting of Iona, a place that invites both big questions and deep faith. In stillness and prayer may we discover a renewed sense of hope for ourselves and for the world.

Grace and peace to you
Ian & Gail

 

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Morning Bell: Noon Songs

This series of Morning Bell is our first audio collaboration – with Ali Dorey, Philip Roderick and Lucy Bolster – known collectively as Play In Chants. Each day of this series there is a link to hear a new chant on Soundcloud. The series is called Noon Songs – the title of one of the chants and a phrase that came from ‘playful, spontaneously made up songs full of joy and freedom’ sung in Lucy’s family.

 

 

We hope that you enjoy hearing these chants, and we also encourage you to allow each chant to take its own shape in you, accompanying you through the day, moving between stillness and movement, contemplation and action.

 

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Play in Chants: Philip Lucy Ali

Ali Dorey is based in Sheffield and in her work locally and across the UK with Fresh Expressions trying to help churches to relate well with people in the wider community and to swap stories about life and faith with them. Ali is also a musician and a Companion with Contemplative Fire who tries to follow the way of Jesus. Philip Roderick is now based near Brighton. He is an intuitive musician and loves the seashore. He is founder and community leader of Contemplative Fire and founder-director of The Quiet Garden MovementLucy Bolster is working as a pioneer curate in Sheffield. She loves listening and learning in her very diverse multi-cultural community, and inviting others to join in the adventure of being a Christian. She also loves to sing anywhere and everywhere.

The images for this series have all been taken recently by Ian in the city of Plymouth, picking up a theme in the ‘Angels’ chant ‘Angels of the city / Angels of the coast / Angels of the universe…’

Grace and peace to you

Ian & Gail

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