June 2018

No 523 - Vol 48

Cover design: ©Ecumenical School2018



By Paul Gateshill

A school of life

Cathy Beer reports on the International School of Ecumenism, at the Focolare Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City, from 27th April – 1st May 2018.


Face2Face with Sylwia Machej

Paul Gateshill caught up with Sylwia Machej, originally Polish and living in one of the Focolares in Welwyn Garden City.


Being nothing out of love

We continue with this year’s theme on Mary the mother of Jesus. Here, Chiara Lubich focuses on whether Mary is a help or a hindrance to ecumenical dialogue.

Extracts from Mary, flower of Humanity by Chiara Lubich. Published by New City 2017


The joy of the people

Pietro Piccirillo shares his experience of a recent school visit to Sierra Leone.


Mariapolis 2018

Helen Copeland reports on the GB Mariapolis held at Ampleforth College this year.


Word of Life – June 2018

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Mt. 5: 9)

There is an urgent need to encourage dialogue and meetings between individuals and groups whose history, cultural traditions and points of view are different. It is a way of showing appreciation and acceptance of diversity as a source of enrichment.


Love and freedom

Robbie Young reflects on the inter-relationship between love and freedom.


Shape of light: 100 years of photography and abstract art

Duncan Harper reflects on the current exhibition celebrating a centenary of photography and abstract art at the Tate Modern in London.


German potato salad

Nick Frazer from Banbury, Oxfordshire, shares a German recipe which evokes memories of Berlin.


Dying to live

A short poem by Jim Deeds.

From ‘Gym for the soul’ by Jim Deeds. Published by New City 2018



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