August-September 2017

No 514 - Vol 47

Cover Photo:  Pixabay



By Paul Gateshill

Dialogue between Methodists and Roman Catholics

The Joint International Commission for Dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church (MERCIC), was set up in 1967. Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and now Co-Chair of MERCIC, unpacks its latest report: ‘The call to holiness: From Glory to Glory’ (2016).


A retreat with a difference

Veronique Khasa, a Muslim student of the Islamic Seminary of England describes her visit to the Focolare Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City in April 2017.


Our key idea

We continue with writings of Chiara Lubich on the theme of Jesus crucified and forsaken, which here, she applies to the fields of education and the arts.


Unable to cope

Pam Class recounts how sharing her burden with others became a turning point in her life whilst caring for her husband.


Word of Life - August 2017

The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. (Ps. 145: 9)

Let’s choose for ourselves and for our families a modest style of life, one that respects the demands of the environment and is in keeping with the needs of others. Like this we will give glory to God, the lover of life.


Word of Life - September 2017

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me (Mt. 16: 24).

Following the path of liberation from egoism, we can grow in our humanity; we can win the freedom that allows our personality to be completely fulfilled.


The Camino to Santiago – experience and meaning

Pádraic Gilligan shares his recent experience of the popular pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.


Bringing people together in Birmingham

Pat Whitney reports on the experience of the temporary Focolare in Birmingham.


On the Edge

Paul Gateshill reviews a new DVD produced by Centro Santa Chiara about three people and their encounters with suffering and marginalisation.


Greek style potatoes

Andy Yeomans reflects on how we often see diversity as a threat rather than an enrichment, whilst sharing a simple recipe for potatoes.


Weaned child

A short poem by Paul Oliver, based on Psalm 131


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