Category: spirituality

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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The Some Small Heaven series for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany seeks to discover the light within the darkness of winter – and within all our winters – and so, in God’s grace, to find some small heaven each day, even when life comes at us tough, hard and bleak. The images and text are drawn from […]

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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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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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