With a Foreword by world famous quilter, Kaffe Fassett, A Quilt For All Seasons captures the experiences of ten people to find out why quilting is important to them. There are stories of challenges being risen above, possibilities for the future unlocked and new skills learnt.
With a Foreword by Professor Padraig O'Malley it tells the story of the Forum for Cities in Transition - its birth and underlying philosophy. It describes what the 2011 conference sought to do and reflects on the differnce that it has made in the journey to peace both locally and internationally.
In May 2011 a major international conference took place in Derry / Londonderry. The event brought together seventy delegates from cities around the world. Each of these cities shared something in common. They had all experienced violent conflict arising from deep communal divisions. The cities included Beruit, Belfast, Derry / Londonderry, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kaduna, Kirkuk, Mitrovie / Kovska Motrivica, Mitte, Mostar, Nicosia and Ramallah.
The international conference was part of the Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT) process. It was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Fund for Ireland, Derry City Council, the Community Relations Council and Monitor (US).
Bridging the Gap was launched at The Playhouse, Derry / Londonderry on 18th May 2012 and at Stormont on 12th June 2012.
The Extra Mile - Volunteering, Church and Community
So what about churches and community work – volunteering to do practical things to improve the life of a local community or the wellbeing of an individual? It is certainly in fashion these days. The key question is whether it is part of the main thing that churches need to be doing or more of a passing trend.
This resource sets out to do two things. The first is to help you work out the answer to a question. If your church gets involved in the practical needs of your local community are you keeping the main thing the main thing, or being distracted by a passing fashion? If you decide that meeting practical need is part of what you are called to do then the next question is ‘How do we do this?’ This will help you work through some of the practical issues.