Reconciled to be Reconcilers
Updated: Nov 14, 2018
Once a month, we invite our Christian fellowship to take part in a Eucharist service. Guest clergy lead us in a short service followed by a lunchtime discussion about what it means to be a reconciler and peacemaker in our own lives.
Last week, Revd Trevor Mwamba reminded us of the powerful recurring theme in scripture: God's desire to be reconciled with humanity in order to live in relationship with us. As we have been reconciled to God through Christ and been given the gift of relationship, so we are called to be reconcilers in our own lives where there is brokenness. The fractures may exist in ourselves, our own family, our faith communities, our immediate neighbourhood, or further afield in areas that we are passionate about. But the goal is the same: to transform conflict in order to live life rooted in relationship as we were created.
St Ethelburga's responds to this invitation in all areas of life, seeking reconciliation between us and God, us and others, and us and the earth. This is done through our four main projects:
1. Christian Reconciliation (focusing on Reconcilers Together)
2. Spiritual Ecology (focusing on reconciliation with the earth)
3. Interfaith activists (focusing on reconciliation with people from other faiths and beliefs)
4. People of the Earth (focusing on reconciliation with newly arrived refugees)
One of the main purposes of the Journey of Hope programme will be for each centre to share in depth about the work that they have developed in their contexts; if you are exploring what reconciliation might look like in your own church or community, or how you develop the work into other areas of life, we encourage you to apply for a fully funded place.