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Journey of Hope: reconciling communities

Training up Christian leaders to be skilled peacemakers in their churches and communities.

Rebecca Brierley

PROJECT COORDINATOR

07453 287925

To reconcile is to seek the healing of what’s been broken. We all experience brokenness in our families, churches, and communities in different ways: through disagreement, disconnection, violence, and conflict. But where there is conflict there is also opportunity to re-imagine a new way of life. When we can learn to move towards conflict, extend hospitality to those who have different beliefs or opinions, speak into societal divisions, and hold space for meaningful communication, true healing can take place. This is the ministry God has given us, spoken about in 2 Corinthians 5: a ministry of reconciling ourselves to Him, to one another, and to creation.

‘Journey of Hope’ is an immersive leadership training programme which equips and supports Christian leaders to transform conflict in their churches and communities. Our first cohort of 20 who we trained over 9 months in 2019 are working to address issues of community polarization such as multi-faith relations, youth violence, LGTBQ inclusion, class divides, systemic racism, and climate breakdown.

‘Journey of Hope’ is delivered by Reconcilers Together: an ecumenical partnership of eight Christian peacebuilding and reconciliation centres across the UK and Ireland who share a mission to inspire and equip Christians leaders to become a reconciling presence in their churches and communities. Reconcilers Together is made up of:

  • St Michael’s House at Coventry Cathedral
  • Rose Castle Foundation in Cumbria
  • Corrymeela in Northern Ireland​
  • St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London
  • The Blackley Centre in Yorkshire
  • Reconciling Leaders at Lambeth Palace
  • Place for Hope in Scotland
  • Bridge Builders across the UK

For more information please visit our website: www.reconcilerstogether.co.uk or email rebecca.brierley@stethelburgas.org.uk.

Photo credit: www.positivearts.co.uk 

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