A new network aimed at inspiring and equipping Christian leaders for reconciliation in their churches and communities is now looking for recruits.
Reconcilers Together has launched an ecumenical network of Christian organisations across the UK and Ireland and is now seeking applications for a six-month fully funded training programme called Journey of Hope. The programme, which will run from January to June 2019, has received funding from Allchurches Trust.
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.
The Journey of Hope programme is 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. More information and application forms can be found on the website at www.reconcilerstogether.co.uk and on Twitter @ReconcilersT
As the network moves forward, Reconcilers Together plans to share best practice and increase collaboration with like-minded organisations.
Justine Huxley, Director of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace – a member of Reconcilers Together, said: “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.”
Jeremy Noles, Grants Officer at Allchurches Trust, said: “Churches already play a vital role in bringing together communities and helping to heal the divisions within them, especially in times of conflict and crisis. This innovative programme will equip church leaders with the skills and learning they need to be even more effective peacebuilders, but also to benefit from a nationwide network of support and best practice.”
Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities and, in 2017, gave £15.6 million to churches, charities and communities. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.