We’ve recently come back from Romania, where we had been invited to a conference that included a jubilee to celebrate ten years of the Cross of Nails centre for reconciliation (between church denominations) that we developed there in the beautiful city of Sibiu. The conference was fascinating, with delegates from Cross of Nails centres in […]
This argument has never been about getting us all to agree. That is not going to happen. The challenge for Justin and his team is to how to get the church to disagree in a generous and respectful way. That has now been achieved.
Well, we finally made it, got over ourselves and voted through the Women Bishops Measure in General Synod today. This is entirely owing to Archbishop Justin’s determination to get it done, and his training in reconciliation. His team is headed up by Canon David Porter, who has a great deal of experience in peacemaking from […]
David Porter with the Dean of Coventry Cathedral, Very Rev John Witcombe. David Porter’s been playing a crucial role behind the scenes at the Anglican General church Synod, with a team of facilitators who are all experienced in bringing about reconciliation. We can see the effects in a much calmer and more united Synod. I’m […]
The trouble with peacemaking is that there are so many aspects, and they often seem to be in conflict with one another. The Mennonites are a Christian group with a long and honourable – and quiet – history of peacemaking, and have been involved for many decades in conflict resolution all over the world, often […]
Maybe we need to go towards our enemy, to seek his face and his wellbeing, if we also are to see the face of God.
Making peace and trying to bring about reconciliation can be incredibly complex and very frustrating. The two parties concerned both need to want to come together in order to at least explore the possibility. That is often easier said than done, when you have enemies who do not want to be in the same room […]