July 2016

No 502 - Vol 46

Cover photo: Pixabay



By Paul Gateshill

Education and identity

Veronica Towers reflects on ‘Another world: losing our children to Islamic State’ at the National Theatre. She questions whether the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy is actually ‘demonising’ the Islamic community. ‘I would suggest that government involve the teachers in producing alternative strategies to safeguard children and young people from being drawn into terrorism.’

enlightened See ‘What does it mean to be British?’ New City, May 2015


Giving my life for my people

Mary Cass reports on the extraordinary life of Father Tito Banchong and his mission to give his life for his people in Laos.


Towards a Church fully reconciled

The Anglican and Roman Catholic Church prepare to publish the fruits of its latest discussions within ARCIC III: 
‘Towards a Church fully reconciled’.


Combatants for Peace (Part 2)

In June New City published the story of Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian Arab, who is part of Combatants for Peace, an organisation which proposes non-violence and dialogue as the way to a lasting peace in Israel. This month Oren Kalisman, 30, a physics student at Tel Aviv University tells his story. During his time in the Israeli army he was a lieutenant and platoon commander.

Further information from: http://cfpeace.org


Word of Life – July 2016

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, 
as God in Christ has forgiven you” (Eph. 4: 32).

Giving an amnesty to one another, forgiving one another totally each day, we can grow in the kindness that mirrors God’s mercy to us.


Unity – so that the world may believe

We conclude Maria Voce’s talk on the theme of Unity given to members of the Focolare this year.


Who’s who? (Part 7)

The series continues with another opportunity to get to know more about the lives behind the names.


Crosslight – Looking forward: looking back

Sarah Finch was one of the founding members of Riding Lights Theatre Company. She shares some reflections about her involvement of their latest Lenten production: ‘Crosslight’. I was very aware that we, like Peter, fail and fall many times on our journey: but the truth is that God is bigger than our failings, and says to us as Jesus said to Peter ‘Follow me’.

For further information about Riding Lights go to: 


Vanity Fair

Robbie Young reflects on what various writers have had to say on ‘vanity’.


The Dragonfly

A short poem by Ivor Bundell


A holiday encounter

Jacqueline Thompson shares a recipe inspired by a recent trip to New Zealand.


5 Steps to building unity in a marriage

Ana Domitrovic recommends a book which puts the ‘art of loving’ at the heart of marriage.

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