Younger people living in the Focolare spirit of unity call themselves “YUs”. It stands for “Youth for Unity” but also asks the question: Why You? Something of an answer became clear over a lively February weekend in which 35 thirteen to seventeen year olds from Wales, Scotland & England met together in the Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City.[more]
The latest in the series of Bridging London education evenings took place on 12th February and was very well attended, not least because its theme was so topical – “Exploring Britishness”. This was chosen since schools and teachers in England are now required not just to “not undermine” but to positively promote “British values”. Which values can we agree on as British and who considers him or herself to be truly British? These were just two of the questions addressed.[more]
If you are looking for a different kind of experience this summer, something which is not simply a holiday or retreat, then Signs of Hope just might be for you.
It is a place where people come to explore and live out the Gospel message of love.
From October to December 2015 Gen Verde will be offering a series of workshops, collaborative shows and unplugged concerts around England, Scotland and Wales. A number of events have been confirmed; others are still in the proposal stages.[more]
A former lawyer and a fixture on the Rome scene since 2008, Maria Voce may well be the most powerful woman in the Catholic Church, in part because she’s not really that interested in what would traditionally be considered “women’s issues.”[more]
A group of 80 Christian and Muslim young people called for dialogue as a means to grow in mutual understanding and build bridges among people from different cultures and faith backgrounds, as they met for an event entitled ‘Multiculturalism – Interfaith – Dialogue: #DoYouCare?’ at the Focolare Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City last weekend.[more]
When our body degenerates through illness or physical decay, there is “a superior life which gives value to our physical life”, Chiara Lubich reminds us in a talk given in 1986.[more]
Since the height of the protests in February 2014 to the 5000 deaths in one year: Father Mychayl’s read on the tragedy in Ukraine and prospects of fraternity.[more]
In Planina, Slovenia, at the end of 2014, 108 representatives of 41 Movements and Communities from 14 Nations had an intense, constructive meeting which led to a renewed passion to collaborate on a project for a more united Europe.[more]
From diversity of opinions to disappointments, from mistakes to forgiveness, there are so many occasions where we can experience the beauty of mutual acceptance. Some flashes from life, which bring us back to February’s Word of Life: “Welcome one another.”[more]
On Wednesday this week, a group of 14 Bishops came together – Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Coptic Orthodox from different parts of England. The ecumenical gathering also included the General Secretary of Churches Together in England, Revd David Cornick, himself a United Reformed minister.[more]
Giuseppe Maria Zanghi, one of Chiara Lubich’s first companions, passed away on Friday, 23 January 2015.[more]