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Thursday, 1 January 2009

Reconciliation

In Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing (Resources for Reconciliation) By Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice (IVP, 2008) the authors chart a a comprehensive vision for reconciliation that is biblical in origin, transformative and holistic in practice and global in relevance.

This is the first in a series of books from the Duke Centre for Reconciliation.
http://www.divinity.duke.edu/reconciliation/

The authors who are the co-directors of the centre, come with histories of engagement in contexts, Uganda and Mississippi where the issue of reconciliation has been pressing.

They draw on the resources of the Christian story, including their own individual experiences in Uganda and Mississippi, to bring solid, theological reflection to bear on the work of reconciling individuals, groups and societies. They articulate in an accessible language some distinctively Christian practices that will help the church be both a sign and an agent of God's reconciling love in the fragmented world of the twenty-first century and offer Ten theses towards Recovering Reconciliation as the Mission of God.

This book is a good example of how theology should be done - cooperatively, in specific real life contexts where the issues of brokenness are pressing at an individual and community level and in service of the church as a community, exploring what God's project for the renewal of human life looks like in these contexts.

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