Category: spirituality

I’ve been working with artist Richard Stott on a project called Temenos – making paintings (Ric’s) and poems (mine) in a collaborative process. Here’s the first in the series, which explores the idea of threshold space – the place where a new thing can come into being.   The exhibition gets its first showing later this […]

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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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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 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 continues we return to the Devotions haiku series from Ian’s Unfurling poem collection. These short poems have emerged from Ian’s experience of attempting to be still, to be present and to pray. We think of this as a daily practice of devotion to the presence of God and to the essence of being human.     Most of […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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