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Editorial: Faith in the Future?
Anna Rankin

From the director: Finding ourselves in the City
David W Porter

Traveller, the road is made by walking it
Martin Johnstone

The Word made Flesh: A Sign and Foretaste in Limerick
Peter McDowell

Comment: The Architecture of Faith
Michael Whitley

The Word made Flesh: Down and Out in Dublin
Peter McVerry

The Word made Flesh: Cork Methodist Church, Ardfallen
Laurence Graham

The Word made Flesh: Reflections from the Maiden City
Pat Storey

Cathedral Quarters: Interviews with Rev Dr Houston McKelvey and Very Rev Hugh Kennedy
Anna Rankin

Review: Journey Towards Holiness
Claire Martin

Economics and the economy: what are they for?
Tony Weekes

Bible Study: Beyond Silver Coins
Glenn Jordan

Reflection: The 'F' word
Celine Lefebvre

Review: Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living
Ethel White

Difficult Conversations: Looking for God in the City...
Lynda Gould

New Resource
New Loyalties
Divided Past: Shared Future

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FAITH in the future?

“What would it mean to live in a city whose people were changing each other’s despair into hope? You yourself must change it.”
Adrienne Rich

IN THIS ISSUE we look at faith in an urban landscape.

‘The churches must think of the city as the default position from which we consider the future of faith’, says Martin Johnstone, Associate Secretary in the Church of Scotland’s Ministries Council and offers some signposts for the road ahead. Michael Whitley looks at the architecture of faith.

Concluding the series “The Word Made Flesh” we look at ministry in four very different settings in Ireland: Laurence Graham, Methodist minister in Cork, Peter McVerry, a Jesuit priest working among homeless boys in Dublin, Peter McDowell, minister of the Presbyterian/Methodist congregation in Limerick and Pat Storey of St Augustine’s Church on Derry’s walls.

In the interview, Houston McKelvey and Hugh Kennedy, the Administrators of Belfast’s two cathedrals, talk about their roles as overseers of these landmark buildings and their vision for a changing city.

‘What is the economy for?’ asks Tony Weekes. And beyond silver coins, the Bible Study on the Good Samaritan returns to two questions at the heart of Scripture, which have also been foundational to the work of ECONI and the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland: ‘who is my neighbour’ and ‘what does the Lord require?’

We round off with reviews of three books to challenge and encourage and the last in the series of Difficult Conversations, entitled ‘Looking for God in the City’ and an invitation to reflect upon the cityscape, from a different angle…

Anna Rankin

EDITORIAL GROUP – David Porter Director/Centre for Contemporary Christianity; Derek Poole Programme Director/Centre for Contemporary Christianity; Lynda Gould Programme Director/Centre for Contemporary Christianity; Anna Rankin(Editor) Resources Co-ordinator/Centre for Contemporary Christianity; Very Rev Martin Magill St Oliver Plunkett Parish, Belfast; Rev Mercia Malcolm Carnmoney Parish Church; Rev Dr Allen Sleith Regent Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards; Rev Janet Unsworth Edgehill Theological College

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