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Recovering Reconciliation as the Mission of God

10 Theses

  1. Reconciliation is God’s gift to the world. Healing of the world’s deep brokenness does not begin with us and our action, but with God and God’s gift of new creation.
  2. Reconciliation is not a theory, achievement, technique or event. It is a journey.
  3. The end toward which the journey of reconciliation leads is the shalom of God’s new creation—a future not yet fully realized, but holistic in its transformation of the personal, social and structural dimensions of life.
  4. The journey of reconciliation requires the discipline of lament.
  5. In a broken world God is always planting seeds of hope, though often not in the places we expect or even desire.
  6. There is no reconciliation without memory, because there is no hope for a peaceful tomorrow that does not seriously engage both the pain of the past and the call to forgive.
  7. Reconciliation needs the church, but not as just another social agency or NGO (non-governmental organization).
  8. The ministry of reconciliation requires and calls forth a specific type of leadership that is able to unite a deep vision with the concrete skills, virtues and habits necessary for the long and often lonesome journey of reconciliation.
  9. There is no reconciliation without conversion, the constant journey with God into a future of new people and new loyalties.
  10. Imagination and conversion are the very heart and soul of reconciliation.

taken from Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice’s Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing.

I just finished this book last night. It is an incredible little book as this series of Resources for Reconciliation that it was published in weds honest theological reflection and the experience of practitioners.

I hope to offer my own reflections on these theses in the days to come.

In the mean time check out these resources:


About david b. clark

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3 thoughts on “Recovering Reconciliation as the Mission of God

  1. 2. Reconciliation is not a theory, achievement, technique or event. It is a journey.

    I agree it isn’t a theory or a technique, but not sure with the other two. Maybe with man to man.

    But what about the reconciliation of God to man? Was that not an event: the cross? Was that not an achievement of the cross?

    Posted by Tim Wilson | 18 December, 2008, 12:27 pm
  2. Tim,
    I believe that reconciliation is both a reality and still yet to be realized. That’s why Paul would say that we have been given the word of reconciliation.
    I believe that reconciliation must be a declaration because, while it is an achieved reality because of the work on the cross, it is not yet a conscious reality that is operative in us.
    I think both can be true and not contradict each other.

    Posted by The Simple Light Cafe | 19 December, 2008, 12:00 am
  3. Tim, you bring up an important point in saying that the cross was certainly an even and achievement God’s reconciliation with man. In God’s “time” we could certainly say that in the cross, once and for all reconciliation was made. But here is the amazing thing: God has given us the ministry of reconciliation as being the ambassadors of Christ. The paradox is that yes reconciliation is a completed process in the cross, but we are given the opportunity to participate in the process and journey of reconciliation.

    The other part, and this is what the authors were emphasizing, is that the process of reconciliation involves the healing of our memories and forgiveness. And these two things are never a one time event. They may have their beginnings in an event, but it always a long hard journey.

    Thank you for your comments.

    Posted by david clark | 19 December, 2008, 12:53 pm

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