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Find out more about New Daylight September-December 2018:

The Editor writes...

This time last year I was in the Holy Land, on a familiarisation tour run by a Christian travel company. The aim of the tour was to introduce parish clergy to the sites and situation of the Holy Land so that they, in turn, would be able to lead other groups. As soon as I arrived, late one night after a long coach journey, my heart was captured by the beauty and the history of the place, and torn by the troubles and the conflict that its people and its landscape have suffered.

We stayed on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, in the heart of Bethlehem and by one of the gates of Old Jerusalem. Because of the nature of the trip, we visited a large number of sites - from the Church of the Holy Nativity to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with many, many churches in between. We also learnt a bit about the complicated political situation in the Holy Land, hearing the stories of some of its inhabitants and sharing their grief at its turbulent history. At the end of our trip, the Christian guide spoke to us passionately about the need to bring more people to this wonderful, troubled land, to show them not only the historic sites but the living towns and cities. 'Come and see' was his message; 'come and see and then maybe you will understand us better.'

This edition of New Daylight invites us to 'come and see', but with the eyes of faith rather than a physical encounter. Liz Hoare helps us to explore the importance of place - and Michael Mitton encourages us to consider how it feels to live without place, in exile. Margaret Silf draws us into the experience of contemplative prayer, inviting us to go deeper in our relationship with God, while Naomi Starkey guides us on our journey towards Easter and beyond through the eyes of those who fail to understand the message of Jesus, as well as those who do.

As we journey through these next few months, may we see more clearly the footprints of Christ in our lives so that in turn we may show others the Way that leads to love and understanding, calling them, as we have been called, to 'come and see'.

Sally Welch

In this issue:

Genesis 12-24: journeying with Abraham and Sarah
Amy Boucher Pye

Acts 6-7: Stephen
Sally Welch

1 Corinthians: the authority of suffering
Veronica Zundel

Psalms 94-107: a community seeks to relate to God
Andrew Jones

Contemplative Prayer
Margaret Silf

Place
Liz Hoare

Exile
Michael Mitton

To Calvary and beyond
Naomi Starkey

The risen Jesus
Tim Heaton

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About the contributors in this issue:

Amy Boucher Pye is a writer and speaker who runs the Woman Alive bookclub. She's the author of the award-winning Finding Myself in Britain(Authentic, 2015) and The Living Cross (BRF, 2016), and has an MA in Christian spirituality from Heythrop College, University of London. Findher at amyboucherpye.com.

Tim Heatonis an Anglican priest in parish ministry in north Dorset. He is the author of two Lent courses, The Naturalist and the Christ (Circle Books, 2011) and The Long Road to Heaven (Circle Books, 2013). You can connect with him at facebook.com/lentcourses.

Liz Hoare is an ordained Anglican priest and teaches spiritual formation at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Her interests lie in the history and literature of Christian spirituality and their connections with today's world. She is married to Toddy, a priest and sculptor, and they have a teenage son.

Andrew Carroll Jones is the Archdeacon of Meirionnydd in the Diocese of Bangor (Wales). He has written Every Pilgrim's Guide to Celtic Britain and Ireland (Canterbury, 2002, 2009), Pilgrimage: The journey to remembering our story (BRF, 2011) and Mary: A gospel witness to transfiguration and liberation (BRF, 2014).

Michael Mitton works freelance in the areas of spirituality and mission. He is also an Honorary Canon of Derby Cathedral and is the NSM Priest in Charge of St Paul's Derby. He is author of Travellers of the Heart (BRF, 2013).

Margaret Silf is an ecumenical Christian committed to working across and beyond traditional divisions. She is the author of a number of books for 21st-century spiritual pilgrims and is a retreat facilitator.

Naomi Starkey is a curate in the Church in Wales, working in Welsh and English across six rural churches on the Llyn Peninsula. She previously worked as a BRF commissioning editor from 1997 to 2015 and has written a number of books, including The Recovery of Joy (BRF, 2017) and The Recovery of Hope (BRF, 2016).

Veronica Zundel is an Oxford graduate, writer and columnist. She lives with her husband and son in north London. Her most recent book is Everything I Know about God, I've Learned from Being a Parent, (BRF, 2013).

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