By: Michal Siewniak
Martha Gellhorn once said: "People often claim, with pride: 'I am not interested in politics'. They might as well say 'I am not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future or any future'...If we mean to keep any control over our worlds and lives, we must be interested in politics."
This quote is so relevant today even though that many of us may feel disconnected with the political process. Elections in the US and across Europe, Brexit and polarisation within the political landscape seem to divide our families and communities. The rise of the far right and the far left mean that we often forget how to communicate. We have lost the ability to talk and listen to each other. It seems as though we are unable to find a 'common ground'.
The Movement for Unity in Politics, proposed by the Focolare, seeks to promote the goal of unity. This networks brings together people who are active or interested in public life. It involves active members of various political parties with the aim of enhancing dialogue and understanding. The Movement for Politics creates a platform where unity in politics is possible and positive social change is advanced. It is present in many countries and now more than ever is the moment to take initial steps here in Britain.
As a direct response to a growing need to set up this project, we have arranged a meeting to explore together how we can demonstrate that dialogue, even in the most difficult situations, can enhance not diminish our relationships.
Interested? Come, participate and listen to interesting speakers which include: Tony Skottowe and Roger Casale.
Is Unity in Politics possible? takes place on Saturday, 20 January 2018 at the Focolare Centre in Welwyn Garden City, 69 Parkway, AL8 6JG from 4 - 6pm.
Our gathering will enable us to bring together people who believe that unity in politics is possible.
For more information, contact: Michal Siewniak. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 07825 021746.