THE FAITH-BASED RECONCILIATION PROCESS

 

The Faith-Based Reconciliation process utilizes a series of presentations and small group exercises, culminating in a Service of Reconciliation to explain the core values of faith-based reconciliation, empower participants in reconciliation/peacemaking skills and provide a climate that will change hearts and engage in constructive joint problem solving.


The presentations include the following topics:

  • Introduction: The Journey of Reconciliation
  • Reconciliation As A Moral Vision
  • Building Bridges: The Principle of Pluralism
  • Demolishing Walls of Hostility: The Principle of Compassionate Inclusion
  • Conflict Resolution: The Principle of Peacemaking
  • Seeking the Common Good: The Principle of Social Justice
  • Healing Relationships: The Principle of Forgiveness
  • Facing the Truth About History: The Principle of Healing Collective Wounds
  • Submission to God: The Principle of Sovereignty
  • Finding Peace with God: The Principle of Atonement


Small Group exercises include sharing one's life journey, identifying core values, exploring collective identity, describing the problems to be solved from different perspectives, analyzing personal hostility toward others, developing a problem-solving approach to the conflict, analyzing the distribution of group privilege, analyzing broken relationships, exploring the nature of offense experienced by each group, conducting an honest conversation about the history of the region and sharing about the experience of submission to God within one's own life and experience.

The Service of Reconciliation is a ritual framework of reading from sacred text, prayers, acknowledgements, apologies and expressions of forgiveness. Since a key objective of this work is the transformation of hearts and relationships the Service of Reconciliation is a key event. All of the presentations and the small group exercises lead up to this significant moment.