This week’s thought carries news of a fantastic training opportunity in reconciliation taking place next year, but with applications sought in the next few weeks – a golden opportunity to learn from and with others from across the church (with apologies, this is currently for participants in the UK only).
St Michael’s House at Coventry Cathedral is delighted to be part of a new ecumenical network of peacebuilding and reconciliation centres across the UK, collaborating on a project called Reconcilers Together. This is formed of: St Michael’s House at Coventry Cathedral, Corrymeela, 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. Our shared mission is to inspire and equip Christian leaders to be a reconciling presence in their churches and communities.
We are offering 20 churches a training opportunity to establish or develop a ministry of reconciliation in their church and/or community. Between January – June 2019 we will mentor and support 20 participants through monthly 2 day residentials at 5 of our centres, with continued resourcing throughout 2019. The programme is funded in part by Allchurches Trust, so all training, accommodation, food, and travel costs will be covered.
As the CCN has a ‘commitment to working and praying for peace, justice and reconciliation among our network through mutual support, fellowship, and occasional joint action’, we hope that this will be a useful opportunity for you and for other organisations or individuals in your area.
We particularly welcome people who have:
•A leadership role within their church or faith congregation
•Support from their congregation or church leadership to develop reconciliation work
•A long-term commitment to a ministry of reconciliation in their church and community
•Some basic experience of reconciliation work, dialogue facilitation or mediation
•An ability to lead diverse groups and to inspire others
Do spread the word to anyone who you think would benefit from this programme. More details, the dates for the training residentials, and information on how to apply can be found here: https://www.reconcilerstogether.co.uk/leadership-training