Journey of Hope
An immersive pilgrimage exploring
Christian Reconciliation in action
We are inviting 20 Christian leaders to transform their churches into ‘reconciliation hubs’. We will do this by accompanying you on an experiential and dynamic learning journey across the UK and Ireland over 6 months.
Each month you will attend a fully funded 2 day training residential hosted by our five main reconciliation centres; all of the accommodation, food, and travel costs will be covered. Each centre has a unique approach to peacebuilding and reconciliation which we will explore in depth, grappling with the challenges and opportunities that conflict presents.
We are aiming to gather a diverse community of practitioners who will support one another in their learning and development. We are looking for a range of denominations, ethnic backgrounds, geographical contexts, and conflict issues. The experience within the group will be an important resource for taking your own reconciliation work to the next level.
The 6 modules include dedicated and supported time to focus on an ‘action at home’ during the month of May, where you will be able to test out your learning within your church and community. The hallmarks of the pilgrimage are:
Stories will be central: of place, of people, of conflict, of hope. Our participants will be invited to share their own stories, listen to others, and learn to tell new ones.
Our learning will be rooted in scripture and theological insights from leaders on peacebuilding and reconciliation. Each centre will focus on different biblical passages.
From conflict mediation, to facilitating difficult conversations, our training will give you the practical tools to gain confidence in peacebuilding and reconciliation.
To honour our ecumenical partnership, a core part of our pilgrimage will be to experience different ways of worshipping together. Each centre has its own unique and inclusive style.
We know that leadership and facing into conflict can be challenging. Our training will have plenty of moments to rest, recharge, and to enjoy the surrounding areas of each centre.
Our learning won't only be front led, but shared within the group. We hope our participants will share their knowledge and experiences, building relationships and connections as they do so.
We welcome applicants who:
Hold a formal or informal leadership role within their church
Have support from within their congregation and their church leadership or diocese to develop reconciliation work
Have some experience of reconciliation work, dialogue facilitation or mediation
Have an ability to lead diverse groups and an aspiration to inspire others
We have now closed the applications for January - June 2019. If you would be interested to apply for the next potential cohort and sign up to our mailing list, please fill in the form below: