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What Is Reconciliation?

“Reconciliation is not an event or achievement but a journey that forms the fruits of the Holy Spirit in us—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Grace insists that segregation in the intimate places of our lives is not normal, inevitable, or acceptable—and that reconciliation is beautiful.”

Chris Rice , co-director of the Duke Center for Reconciliation, in a March 26, 2010, essay in Christianity Today

New Film, Old Politics

“We’re a long way from finished with the politics of black and white. We need to turn to each other and lean on each other. I think this film will be useful to people so they can see how to organize our public life to create a richer, stronger, more vibrant democratic society.”

Timothy Tyson , visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern culture, quoted in the Feb. 24, 2010, issue of The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer about the release of the film version of his memoir, Blood Done Sign My Name

Occasional Vegetarian

“There’s no doubt about it—he followed a vegetarian diet from time to time. He never made that a requirement, and it wasn’t his consistent practice.”

Randy Maddox , William Kellon Quick professor of theology and Methodist studies, on John Wesley as an occasional vegetarian, quoted Jan. 21, 2010, by United Methodist News Service

Tribalism and Injustice

“I think one of the most important things Rwanda has to teach us is that the tribalism that made the genocide possible in that country is just as great a risk in the West as it is in Africa. Wherever the blood of tribalism is allowed to flow more deeply than the waters of baptism, terrible injustices will arise.”

Emmanuel Katongole , associate research professor of theology and world Christianity, quoted on forgiveness and the Rwandan genocide in the January/February 2010 issue of Prism magazine

One Big Church

“The interesting question is, have we hit a plateau or are we going to continue to see that [concentration of worshippers into larger churches] increase? It can’t go on forever—we can’t all wind up in one big church.”

Mark Chaves , professor of sociology, religion, and divinity, quoted in the Jan. 2, 2010, issue of The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on the continuing growth of the country’s largest churches