Category: seasons

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 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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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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As winter begins we find ourselves Seeking Light in advancing darkness. This series of Morning Bell seeks to open up ways for us to discover the light within and through the darkness. It draws on Ian’s new publication Seeking Light now available on Proost. The text for the series was written in real time last Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, and […]

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  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.   One of the many gifts of Christmas is its capacity to nurture within us an openness to new possibilities coming into […]

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‘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 […]

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This series for Ascensiontide, Pentecost and the start of the Trinity season is titled The Fire of Your Love. Text for the series is comprised of lines from Morning Prayer for these seasons in Church of England Common Worship. This short period in the Church year marks Jesus’ ascent into heaven, the pouring out of God’s Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ first followers, and the revelation of […]

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