Bell Ringing Galore in Chicago, Part II

I’ve got a couple of pics from the change ringers from St. Mary’s of Rawmarsh to share. There were tight quarters in the room, so I wasn’t able to get a picture with everyone at once. Those blurred ropes mean lots of movement! The whole tower gently shook as they rang the bells. They were […]

Ringing for Climate Change Action

Today’s Youth Climate Change Strike has captured the attention of the world, as well it should! My support goes out to them for real transformation at the national and global level to mitigate the environmental catastrophe awaiting us. And I’m pleased that faith communities from Cape Cod in Massachusetts will ring out their support of […]

Value of Bells: Connection to Histories

The fourth main value of bells I perceive is their connection to histories. The first history I mean is the particular history of Western Europe. Today we are familiar with one main use of tower bells that dates to the middle ages—to signal to faithful Christians. For example, tower bells would signal when to pray […]

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Exit Strategy [Update]

Now that we’ve had a few days to examine the dress, the flowers, the fascinators, etc. of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, let’s take a listen to their exit out of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. I hear the guard announcing the couple, people cheering, a woman(?) screaming (really not sure […]

Two Chicago Bell Festivals in May

Friends, we have two bell festivals, one on change ringing and one on the carillon, coming up here in the month of May. First, the 6th Annual Illinois Tower Bell Bash will take place May 19-20. Ringers will gather to ring changes (what else?) at the Mitchell Tower at the University of Chicago on Saturday […]