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The Fullness of Life – Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer for today’s world book cover

A new book by Michael Smith, entitled The Fullness of Life – Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer for today’s world, has just been published. ‘A gem of a book’ is how Ann Widdecombe, former Prisons Minister in the UK government, describes the new publications.

Cover of the book "Letting Go"

Книга историй из жизни "Отпущение" представляет собой мемориально-документальное издание, включающее 22 истории, записанные во время действия программы "Украина Активная 2010: Исцеление прошлого". 29 человек из 13 населённых пунктов поделились своими историями из жизни. Все они - выходцы из разных частей Украины: Севера, Юга, Запада и Востока, с различными куль­тур­ными, язы­­ковыми, этническими, религиозными, политическими и историческими корнями. "И это толь­ко маленькая часть из миллионов, на которых XX век оставил свой отпе­ча­ток, и которые нашли в себе силы полнокровно жить дальше. Отпе­чаток, который мы не имеем права проигнорировать, ведь не­ проговоренная, не­ прощённая, незажившая история имеет свойство повторяться. Мы не можем за­быть прошлое, но можем попытаться выслушать и понять друг дру­­­га, попросить про­­щение и простить, отпустить бремя прошлого, чтобы вместе стро­ить наше бу­ду­щее. Надеемся, эта книга станет хотя бы толчком к этому..." - сообщают организаторы проекта.

Wilberforce and the anti-slavery campaigners in England

At the end of the eighteenth century, a small group of men and women from diverse walks of life are drawn together by a common aim: to change public opinion in England and cause Parliament to end the African slave trade. There is an admiral, a play-write, an ex-slave, a Cambridge graduate, a former slaver captain and William Wilberforce himself—playboy and closest friend of Prime Minister Pitt.

For the Love of Tomorrow video cover

This film is a unique profile of Madame Irène Laure, a member of the French Resistance who, in the rubble of post-war Europe, discovered forgiveness to be a force stronger than hatred. 'I longed for the total destruction of Germany,' she recalls, 'that it would no longer exist... [but] hatred, whatever the reason for it, is always a factor in causing a new war.' Irène Laure travelled to Germany shortly after the end of hostilities and spoke of her experience of forgiveness to thousands of people.

Is He My Brother? DVD

This film is about two Kenyans - one black, one white. Stanley Kinga was in the Mau Mau, a secret society formed to liberate the country from British colonial rule. Alan Knight, a farmer, was commandant of a prison camp during the Mau Mau uprising. They both found themselves in situations where their consciences were deeply troubled. As the film unfolds, Knight and Kinga share their experiences of forgiveness. They demonstrate that it is possible 'to love thine enemy',and for enemies to become friends.

Freedom

The first all-African color film made in Africa. 'Beautifully photographed and impressively presented.' - Hollywood Reporter, 1957 'Surprise success at the Berlin Festival (1957) has been scored by an unusual film called FREEDOM.

Cover of video, 'Encounters with Truth'

Set amidst the sights and sounds of India, with original music by Hariprasad Chaurasia, this film is a profile of Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. In his capacities as journalist, author and member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, Rajmohan's message and example confronts corruption, caste prejudice and religious intolerance. He says of his grandfather, 'his struggle has to be continued, the evils he fought have to be fought. I would like to accept that challenge'.

The Cross and the Bodhi Tree video

Subtitled 'Two Christian encounters with Buddhism' and filmed in Cambodia, France and England, this film depicts the extraordinary spiritual journeys ofFather François Ponchaud, a French Catholic priest who works in Cambodia, and Mother Rosemary SLG, an English Anglican nun, who leads a life of prayer in an enclosed convent in Oxford.

Serene Life and Serene Smile

'These two very beautiful films show that Cambodia is not only a country prey to war and unending violence, but also a place where the great virtues of Buddhism – tolerance, non-violence and compassion – are practised.’ King Norodom Sihanouk

The Serene Smile DVD cover

This 20-minute film is based upon a contemporary Cambodian poem interwoven with sayings of the Buddha. It juxtaposes scenes of life in Cambodia today with stunning images of mediaeval Khmer art on the one hand and the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge on the other. The film is pervaded by haunting indigenous music. The poem asks whether the smiles on the ancient carvings of Cambodia's temples are 'frozen and lifeless' - whether, after the violent deaths of millions of Cambodians, the Khmer culture is also 'dead.

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