20 Jan 2017
We are delighted to announce the release of a new resource from Corrymeela and friends. The resource is “Spirituality of Conflict“ – a free online resource providing reflections on conflict through the Sunday Gospel readings.
We all face conflict on a daily basis, in our homes, workplaces and communities. This week a new resource was launched by a number of church organisations that seeks to recognise and learn from that context. Contemporary society has a lot of conflict and we need a spirituality that is appropriate to it.
The gospel texts are replete with dynamics of conflict: occupation; internal conflicts; conflict about the inclusion of others; conflict about the role of leadership; and the role of popular voices. To be a person of faith, it is worthwhile having a spirituality that addresses how we live while conflict is ongoing. This new resource speaks to this need. The Spirituality of Conflict website publishes reflections on the Sunday gospel readings in the 3–year lectionary cycle of the church. The reflections are free to download and use. There will also be reflections for occasions that warrant human attention throughout the year – everything from St Patrick’s Day to World AIDS Day.
Together with friends from The Iona Community, The Church of Scotland (Mission and Discipleship Council), Place for Hope, Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation Project and the Irish School of Ecumenics, we have been meeting for a year to write these reflections.
The website was designed by Thought Collective and is elegant and intuitive, providing reflections, the weekly gospel text (NRSV), ideas for sermons, links with concepts of conflict and reconciliation and prayers. We are really thrilled to share this with you.
You can access the resource on your phone, computer or tablet, you can sign up to get a weekly email or you can download the weekly reflection.
With grateful thanks to the funders: The JVM Trench Will Trust, The Community Relations Council and the Church of Scotland Mission & Discipleship Council. Additionally, all of the organisations working together contributed staff time, premises, salaries and support for this project.