Tuesday, September 20, 2011

joy

This is such a joyful piece by Hepworth. From its beginning the community of the Christ at its best has been known for joy in tough times. So here's to being surprised by joy today...




















pic by Gail Adams @ Barbara Hepworth Studio and Garden in St Ives

Monday, September 19, 2011

solid and fluid

Another great Hepworth sculpture from the Trewyn studio garden, picture taken on visit in March this year. The shapes are both solid and fluid, for me an insight into the nature of all existence and the life of God, what theologians describe as the Holy Trinity. This may be an icon for me today...
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Friday, September 16, 2011

reflect Light

I love the simplicity and clarity of this piece by Barbara Hepworth. My meditation on it led to today's morning bell: let the Light fall on you, reflect the Light... 














































my photo at Trewyn Studio garden, St Ives

Thursday, September 15, 2011

transparent

The photo is another I took on a recent visit to Barbara Hepworth's studio and garden in St Ives. It inspired today's morning bell: let's live this day transparent, clear and 'pure in heart'... 





Wednesday, September 14, 2011

standing in solidarity

musing for today's morning bell: in the spirit of Jesus the Christ who will I stand in solidarity with today? my photo of Barbara Hepworth figures at Trewyn St Ives 



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

circle and centring

I try to begin each day with a centring practice - and to re-enter the experience during the day. For me at this time my practice goes like this: sitting with an icon and candle, short prayer of my words (so that I may get out of the way), Gospel and wisdom reading, morning bell, into stillness and simple yoga, concluding with a blessing for the day. I like the circles that continually surface in Barbara Hepworth's sculptures, a reminder to me of the call and need to be centred...







Monday, September 12, 2011

sunlight, stone, tools and door

In this week's morning bell I'm working with ideas that came from visits I've made to the Barbara Hepworth Trewyn Studio and Sculpture Garden in St Ives. I'll be posting a photo and idea each day. This is my picture of her studio. I liked the interplay of sunlight and the door with the stone block and the tools. It seemed very earthy, even ordinary, but full of possibility... 



Monday, August 15, 2011

Mary the mother of Jesus

may the faith, courage and presence of Mary the mother of Jesus shape us today... 

for more on Mary see Luke 1.26-56
photo by Misako






Wednesday, August 10, 2011

where to be on Holy Island?

I've just been asked where to go and what to do on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Here's what I suggested. If you know the island what might you add?


• go to morning eucharist in the island parish church
• spend time in the parish church with the wooden statue of Cuthbert's monks carrying his coffin
• visit St Cuthbert's island at low tide (below the parish church)
• walk round the east/northeast shore of the island
• spend time bird-watching from the hide at the lake on the east side
• visit the book shop at the Open Gate retreat (Community of Aidan and Hilda)
• be in the garden for prayer near to Open Gate (see pic)
• and give attention to the small things…









Friday, August 05, 2011

Transfiguration: you are full of light...

The feast of the Transfiguration. This is a great day. There's a lot going on in this event - here's some brief reflections from my journey with it...

In a dazzling moment on the mountain God is revealed as Trinity: the Father's voice, Jesus the Son transfigured, the Spirit presence in the cloud. 

Jesus is revealed as the Christ - the 'Small Epiphany' after the great Epiphany of the Baptism of Jesus. He is still human, earthy, one of us - but he is also revealed to be divine, limitless, full of light and love. And so too Transfiguration - deep change towards light and love - is revealed as a possibility in us and in the world. 

But this is not just about us changing for the better (as important as that is). The Transfiguration reveals our true reality and destiny. For a moment our own humanity is broken open, and we glimpse our at-oneness with God, what theologians call our 'deification' and what St Peter described as 'an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading.' (2 Peter 1.4). You and I are full of divine light and love...



Transfiguration icon written by Jyrki Pouta / 
Transfiguration Gospel accounts: Matthew 17. 1-13  Mark 9. 2-8  Luke 9. 28-36


Thursday, July 28, 2011

more Cave Refectory Road events

More opportunities coming up to engage with me around themes and ideas from Cave Refectory Road. I look forward to seeing you somewhere on the road...


• Saturday 27 August @Greenbelt festival CHELTENHAM
• Thursday 8 September @St Ethelwold’s spirituality centre ABINGDON
• Wednesday-Friday 21-23 September @Pioneer Breakout conference HODDESDON
• Monday-Friday 17-21 October @Lee Abbey missional community conference LYNTON
• Saturday 5 November @StillPoint day - Harbour House KINGSBRIDGE
• Monday 21 November @Diocese Of Bath & Wells chaplains day WELLS  
• Saturday 18 February @New Monasticisms Ireland day conference DUBLIN  
                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Monday, June 20, 2011

morning bell with Rublev's icon of the Holy Trinity

morning bell this week is in the company of Andrei Rublev's icon of the Holy Trinity:


let the beautiful stillness of the life of G_d become beautiful stillness in you today... 








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Thursday, June 16, 2011

repentance pilgrimage

Peace and all good to Symon Hill starting his repentance for homophobia pilgrimage today. Symon's website is here and you can follow him on twitter and facebook.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

engage with me - latest events

Here's the latest list of events coming up where you can engage with me in patterns, poems and practices from 'Cave Refectory Road'...

weekend 3-5 June DORSET: weekend retreat - Othona Community Dorset
weekend 24-26 June WISTON, SCOTLAND: Solas festival
Saturday 16 July OXFORD: Diocese of Oxford and BRF Festival of Prayer - Ripon College, Cuddesdon
weekend 26-28 August CHELTENHAM: Greenbelt festival
Thursday 8 September ABINGDON: retreat day at St Ethelwold's House
Saturday 5 November KINGSBRIDGE, DEVON: Harbour House

Hope to see you somewhere on the road...


Thursday, April 21, 2011

one hundred million seeds

I'm still working on this poem but I think it needs to be out there right now, hopefully a small part of a bigger movement....





Monday, April 11, 2011

Ian Adams events - Cave Refectory Road on the road latest

Here's the latest list of events coming up where you can engage with me in patterns, poems and practices from 'Cave Refectory Road'...

Wednesday 20 April ONLINE: i-church online conversation
Saturday 30 April OXFORD: StillPoint day - Friends Meeting House Oxford
Monday 2 May MANCHESTER: Spirit of Life day - Manchester Cathedral
Monday 16 May LONDON: Fresh Expressions Contemplative Communities day - London Centre for Spirituality
weekend 3-5 June DORSET: weekend retreat - Othona Community Dorset
Saturday 16 July OXFORD: Diocese of Oxford and BRF Festival of Prayer - Ripon College, Cuddesdon
weekend 26-28 August CHELTENHAM: Greenbelt festival
Thursday 8 September ABINGDON: retreat day at St Ethelwold's House

Hope to see you somewhere on the road...


Thursday, March 03, 2011

Ian Adams events - Cave Refectory Road on the road

Here's a list of new events coming up where you can engage with me in patterns, poems and practices from 'Cave Refectory Road'...

Wednesday 20 April ONLINE: i-church online conversation
Saturday 30 April OXFORD: StillPoint day - Friends Meeting House Oxford
Monday 2 May MANCHESTER: Spirit of Life day - Manchester Cathedral
Monday 16 May LONDON: Fresh Expressions Contemplative Communities day - London Centre for Spirituality
weekend 3-5 June DORSET: weekend retreat - Othona Community Dorset
Saturday 16 July OXFORD: Diocese of Oxford and BRF Festival of Prayer - Ripon College,  Cuddesdon
weekend 26-28 August CHELTENHAM: Greenbelt festival

Hope to see you somewhere on the road...



Monday, February 28, 2011

into the wilderness

this looks good - well worth a visit if you are near Sheffield - organised by Ric Stott at i ask for wonder

Friday, February 11, 2011

ice circles

enjoying these circles of ice and air - I took the pics on the estuary - see more on my flickr - thinking of of using them in my art work for the next StillPoint exhibition where I'm creating something around meekness [humility]