Category: Running Over Rocks

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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  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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  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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  This series of Morning Bell explores the theme of love. For this series we are pondering and re-mixing lines from St Paul’s famous meditation on love in his letter to the church in Corinth (chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians). He begins by suggesting that without love all our best efforts are worthless (If I do not have love […]

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  There appear to be many monstrous things happening in the world at this time (but was it not always so) – dehumanising the individual, degrading the earth and bringing destruction to society. We might also reflect that we have our own personal ‘monsters’ to deal with. Morning Bell continues through Epiphany, a season of revelation, by exploring how we might face these monsters. The […]

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  WISDOM: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. REFLECTION: ‘One of the greatest (and shortest) of short stories ever told is Jesus’s parable of treasure in the field. The treasure […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘I love you. One simple phrase that is being uttered many times all over the planet as you read this. I love you awakens old dreams, and brings new worlds into being. So much of our possibility as human beings is connected to our desire for intimacy – for the love of another, […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘Fear is, for most of us, a really strong driver. And it can easily come to dominate us. Earlier in this year of spiritual practice we explored the idea of fighting our dragons with humility. We’ve also noted that occasionally the only thing that will enable us to hold on in tough times […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘The final act of Jesus, the Gospel writer Luke tells us, was to bless his followers. And this rag-tag group went on to change the world. The final act was thus just a beginning. And the blessing may not be incidental to that outcome. In the ancient and unfolding Jesus tradition there is […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘Bold shapes, sweeping lines, strong colours. I love the art of my sometime-collaborator Alison Berrett. Her work energizes me, the story she paints is full of hope and makes me feel that I can do pretty much anything, however tough, improbable or even impossible the future task might seem. One of the core practices for […]

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