Category: stillness

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 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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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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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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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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