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The heart of the matter
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“Repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation are healing words,” Angela Shannon writes. “We hear these words spoken from our pulpits, in our hymns and various places throughout our churches. Yet we see conflict in our society and the ways in which we harm each other. We are about to enter an election year where the politics are as shrill and mean as ever.”
Although we look to the church for a safe haven from conflict, Shannon says, “life follows us through the doors, and there too we find conflict.”
“Conflicts are nothing new to the church,” Shannon says. “What’s miraculous is that God continues to create us anew. God insists on entrusting us with the ministry of reconciliation."
She continues: “In working with congregations, I have found that although people are familiar with the healing words of Christ’s church, we must continue to learn the practical application of these words.”
Christian citizenship: March 2016This month we consider christian citizenship. What does it mean to conduct our lives as citizens of the commonwealth of Jesus Christ, where the gospel reigns?- See more at: http://www.womenoftheelca.org/current-articles-pages-73.php#sthash.8BKIP6n2.dpu
Christian citizenship: March 2016This month we consider christian citizenship. What does it mean to conduct our lives as citizens of the commonwealth of Jesus Christ, where the gospel reigns?- See more at: http://www.womenoftheelca.org/current-articles-pages-73.php#sthash.8BKIP6n2.dpuf
The heart of the matter: June 2016
From Adam and Eve to Jacob and Esau to Paul's interactions with the early church, conflict has always been a part of our human story, allowing us to be receptacles of God's healing grace. Read more here.