On August 16th, we launched Reconcilers Together: an ecumenical network of Christian organisations across the UK and Ireland. Our shared mission is to inspire and equip Christian leaders to be a reconciling presence in their churches and communities.
Reconcilers Together is formed of: Corrymeela, St Michaels House at Coventry Cathedral, The Rose Castle Foundation, Bridge Builders Ministries, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, The Blackley Centre, Place for Hope, and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Reconciliation Ministry. All of these organisations are actively transforming conflict: from broken relationships to community divisions to issues of injustice. As Christians we believe that the ministry of reconciliation – to ourselves, God, creation, and others – is central to living out the gospel.
The focal point of our network will be a fully funded training programme for 20 Christian leaders called Journey of Hope which will run from January to June 2019. We are welcoming applicants who hold a formal or informal leadership role within their church, have the support of their congregation and leadership, and have a committed vision for reconciliation in their contexts. More information and application forms can be found on our website: www.reconcilerstogether.co.uk or via our twitter account: @ReconcilersT
As our network progresses, we will welcome sharing best practice and collaborating with like minded organisations. 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. We believe God is calling all of us to be reconcilers together.