Wednesday, October 29, 2008

blah: becoming of G-d

Very good to have Ian Mobsby at our second blah in Oxford last night at the Phoenix cinema. Ian has done lots of thinking around the implications and possibilities that emerge if God is Trinity. Much thought-provoking stuff and a feisty debate. You can order his book the becoming of G-d.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

morning bell week 28: Hassan Dehqani-Tafti

This week the morning bell is taking inspiration from one of the Christian communities of the East. We are working with a prayer by the Iranian bishop Hassan Dehqani-Tafti, who died earlier this year. He was the Anglican Bishop in Iran from 1961 to 1990. He had to spend the last 11 years of that time in exile following a shooting attempt on his life in 1979 in which his wife was wounded. The following year his only son, 24-year-old Bahram, was murdered. This prayer by Hassan Dehqani-Tafti is a deeply personal prayer born out of struggle, and yet it has a real capacity to become a prayer for many, and something perhaps that may change us as we pray it.

Bacharach: genius

Really enjoying the Electric Proms on BBC iplayer. Last night I watched the Oasis gig, which includes a storming version of the Beatles I am the walrus - and the Burt Bacharach performance. I hadn't realised quite how many brilliant songs had been written by Burt Bacharach, often with Hal David. I know some people dismiss them as easy listening, but I think he had a real gift. See what you think.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

morning bell week 27: John

I’ve really enjoyed reading ‘John’ - the latest novel by Niall Williams [published by Bloomsbury in the UK]. It’s a poetic, imaginative and compelling story about the aged disciple John at the end of his remarkable life.

The letter in the New Testament that we know as 1 John is traditionally believed to be authored by this John, and will form the starting point for this week’s morning bell. John’s reflections on the life of Jesus and on the nature of God in this letter are a deep source of possibility for our praying and being.

re-imagine the world: mayBe in the cathedral

mayBe's re-imagine the world creative space event in Christ Church cathedral seemed to go well on Friday. Great to have everyone contributing somewhere in its making. Lots of visitors. You can see more pics on flickr from Dave and Rich.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

change ! workshop

Gail and I are doing a new workshop series in November. It's called change! and it's aimed at helping us make the bold and generous changes that will be good for us, and for the people and world around us. Change is on Tuesdays in November and you can book via Gail's website.


The daily morning bell call to prayer has a different theme each week. In tough times my experience is that I can tend to become inward looking, and live as if scarcity is the prevailing state of things. This week the morning bell call to prayer is a call to remain [or become] generous. To let abundance have its way. Hope I can practise this. The pic 'happy' is from Sr Corita Kent - and seems to have an abundant, more than enough, plenty feel to it.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Blah no2 in Oxford - Ian Mobsby 28 October

The first Blah in Oxford was with Jonny Baker and a very good thing it was. The next Blah event in Oxford is coming up later this month at 8pn Tuesday 28 October, again ain the bar of the Phoenix Picture House in Jericho. It's with Ian Mobsby from Moot in London. Ian has written a great book on how our understanding of God as being Trinity can shape our spirituality and shared community life. No need to book - just come along and buy a drink at the bar. See you there!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Prayer day with Moot

I'm looking forward to leading a 'developing prayer' day run by Moot in London on Saturday 25 October. You can make a booking here. The pic is of one of my favourite prayer places on the Isle of Mull. I'll be talking about prayer on the day, but the really vital thing will be our working with some prayer practises.

Francis's only concern

Fr Richard Rohr's webcast on Saturday - the feast day of St Francis - was inspiring. 'Francis's only concern' he said 'was to imitate Jesus'. And Richard urged us, in the spirit of the saint to 'never seek to be undespised'[!] The talk is going to be made available soon at Center for Action and Contemplation

Friday, October 03, 2008

mayBe in the cathedral

Really looking forward to our first collaboration with Christ church Cathedral Oxford. Here's the flyer and info:
On Friday evening 17 October experimental Christian faith community mayBe will be working in the ancient and beautiful spaces of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford. Starting at 7.45pm, there will be various places set up around the cathedral offering creative space in which to engage with the vital possibility of 're-imagining the world': prayer-engage stations, a conversation space, candle-lighting, and a collective piece of art-making. There will be ambient and live music, wisdom from the Christian contemplative-active traditions, a eucharist and blessing, and hospitality. The entrance to Christ Church is via the the big Tom Tower Gate entrance on St Aldates. For more info please get in touch with Ian on 01865-723544 or 07889906983. Or you can email us:

Thursday, October 02, 2008

St Francis: turning the world on its head

On Saturday we celebrate St Francis day. If you receive morning bell from me you will have realised how vital a companion St Francis can be if, like me, you are seeking to follow in the way of Christ in uncertain times. I'm really looking forward to a webcast that my Franciscan teacher and mentor Fr Richard Rohr is giving on Saturday. You can register here - there's a recommended donation of $5 and it closes in a few hours time.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Tom n Jane in the Priory

It was wonderful to be asked to do Jane and Tom's marriage blessing in the ruins of Much Wenlock Priory. This seemed to be a one-off experiment for English Heritage who look after the site, so perhaps it was one of the first services held there since the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. mayBe led some chants - I hope the monks were smiling, even singing with us. The rest of the weekend was magnificent - we all stayed on a camp/cabin site with ceilidh, welly-wanging, mass tug-of-war, and story-telling. Well done T+J who pretty much organised it all.