EDITORIAL

POLITICS

Searching for a politics of hope
As citizens of GB prepare for the referendum on Europe on 23rd June, James Buchanan argues that we need to replace a politics of fear with a politics of hope. ‘Despite the disillusionment many feel with the current political systems and their prospects for having their voice heard, there are signs of hope.’

VIEWPOINT

The foundations of Europe
As citizens of GB vote in the Referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union, later this month, New City publishes extracts from a talk given by Chiara Lubich in 2001 to European Mayors in Innsbruck, Austria.

CORRESPONDENCE

My beloved chai
New City readers may remember the letter which our friends from the Islamic Unity Society (IUS) sent us (see New City April 2016 page 21). Here they pledged to give something up during Lent out of ‘solidarity with Christians throughout the world and especially with our friends at Focolare’.

FAMILY

Amoris Lætitia: from Noah’s ark to the road to Emmaus
In January and February 2016 Jan Morovic reported on the recent Synods on the family within the Roman Catholic Church. Here he reflects on the subsequent apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis which was published in April.

SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY

Word of Life – June 2016
Be at peace with one another (Mk 9: 50).
Knit together in relationships of listening love we try to stay open to one another, even when there is difference and incomprehension. We can then live out the Gospel command to be at peace among us, dwelling in a fellowship filled with tenderness and mercy.

SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY

Unity as our goal
We continue the theme of the year on unity. Here are further extracts from a talk given by the President of the Focolare, Maria Voce, to members of the Movement.

WORD IN ACTION

Combatants for Peace (Part 1)
This month New City publishes the story of Bassam Aramin a Palestinian from Anata, East Jerusalem. Next month an Israeli Jew will share his experience.

ARTS

Words & Images
Duncan Harper explores the power of combining words and images over the centuries.

REFLECTION

Hope
Robbie Young explores the nature of hope in the face of optimism, pessimism and realism.

POETRY

Total Recall
A short poem by Ann Finch

THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN

Unity and diversity in the family
Uli Yeomans recommends icy fruit sorbet, just in case things get heated during the Referendum on Europe.

REVIEW

Structures of Grace
Following on from last month’s edition of New City Michael Gunton recommends a new book on the Economy of Communion.

 

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