No 495 - Vol 45
Cover image: ‘Nativity’ by Piero Della Francesca, National Gallery, London
By Paul Gateshill
Readers are invited to go behind the scenes with Sally McAllister as Gen Verde visit Hungary and arrive in the UK for their recent tour. They suddenly find themselves on the other side of the fence when they are stopped at Calais and three members of the band are refused entry.
Alessandra Pasquali joined Gen Verde four years ago. Paul Gateshill caught up with her on their recent tour of the UK.
A short meditation by Chiara Lubich
> From the book ‘A star over Bethlehem’ >
Sometimes our dreams and expectations can adversely impact on the way we treat the people around us
--Word in Action--
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight (Mk 1: 3).
We are offered the possibility of meeting Jesus in our daily lives and among us. If we take it, we will experience a living Christmas.
Suggested Meditation from the Book: Essential Writings >
--Spirituality of Unity--
Anja Primbs reports on an inspiring performing arts weekend run for young people by Gen Verde.
Robbie Young reflects on whether our push-button world is depriving us of our basic humanity.
Pat Kane helps us to celebrate Christmas with another iconic painting by Piero Della Francesca.
Cathy Beer entertains us with one of her glorious poems to celebrate the festive season, accompanied by delightful illustrations from Duncan Harper. Once again Mrs Medlicott and Miss Plumket cause a stir in more ways than one.
Hazel Thurlow makes her debut writing for New City with some festive vegetarian fare.
--Thoughts from the kitchen--
Ana Domitrovic recommends this short guide to effective parenting by Tom Rowley.