Our Book Series: Resources for Reconciliation

The Resources for Reconciliation series pairs leading theologians with on-the-ground practitioners to produce fresh literature to energize and sustain Christian life and mission in a broken and divided world. This series of brief books works in the intersection between theology and practice to help professionals, leaders and everyday Christians live as ambassadors of reconciliation.

Reconciling All Things

Our world is broken and cries out for reconciliation. Secular models of peacemaking are insufficient, and the church has not always fulfilled its call to be an agent of reconciliation in the world. In Reconciling All Things Center for Reconciliation founders Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice cast a comprehensive vision for reconciliation that is biblical, transformative, holistic, and global. They draw on the resources of the Christian story, including their own individual experiences in Uganda and Mississippi, to bring solid theological reflection to bear on the work of reconciling individuals, groups, and societies. Purchase Reconciling All Things »

Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven

Greg Jones and Célestin Musekura describe how churches and communities can cultivate habits that make forgiveness possible on a daily basis. Following the Rwandan genocide, Musekura lost his father and other family members to revenge killings. But then he heard God tell him to forgive the killers. The healing power of forgiveness in his own life inspired him to work for forgiveness and reconciliation across Africa.

Jones, author of Embodying Forgiveness, interacts with Musekura's story to show how people can practice forgiveness not only in dramatic situations like genocide but also in everyday circumstances of marriage, family, and congregational life. Together they demonstrate that forgiving and being forgiven are mutually reciprocating practices that lead to transformation and healing. Purchase Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven »

Friendship at the Margins

Chris Heuertz, international director of Word Made Flesh, and theologian and ethicist Christine Pohl show how friendship is a Christian vocation that can bring reconciliation and healing to our broken world. They contend that unlikely friendships are at the center of an alternative paradigm for mission, where people are not objectified as potential converts but encountered in a relationship of mutuality and reciprocity. Purchase Friendship at the Margins »

Welcoming Justice

In Welcoming Justice, historian and theologian Charles Marsh partners with veteran activist John Perkins to chronicle God's vision for more equitable and just world. They show how the civil rights movement was one important episode in God's larger movement throughout human history of pursuing justice and beloved community. Perkins reflects on his long ministry and identifies key themes and lessons he has learned, and Marsh highlights the legacy of Perkins's work in American society. Together they show how abandoned places are being restored, divisions are being reconciled, and what individuals and communities are now doing to welcome peace and justice. Purchase Welcoming Justice »

Living Gently in a Violent World

In this book, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities. For many years, Hauerwas has reflected on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. L'Arche provides a unique model of inclusive community that is underpinned by a deep spirituality and theology. Together, Vanier and Hauerwas carefully explore the contours of a countercultural community that embodies a different way of being and witnesses to a new order--one marked by radical forms of gentleness, peacemaking, and faithfulness. Purchase Living Gently in a Violent World »

Living Without Enemies

In Living Without Enemies: Being Present in the Midst of Violence, theologian Samuel Wells and community activist Marcia Owen narrate one community’s journey of transforming exiled enemies into authentic friends. After gun violence threatens to destroy a North Carolina neighborhood, a religious coalition that Owen leads begins holding prayer vigils. Being present with both victims and offenders leads to transformation and urges community members to love in radical ways. Together, Owen and Wells navigate the fragile yet explosive boundaries of reconciliation that can give way to new, holy ground in communities across the country that have been devastated by violence. Purchase Living Without Enemies »

Making Peace with the Land

In Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation, agriculturalist Fred Bahnson and theologian Norman Wirzba explore the God-ordained relationship between the land and human beings. As part of the created order, both nature and humans experience an interdependence that is necessary to thrive. Christians can strengthen this relationship by participating in local food production — from farming to gardening — and delighting in the feasts they eat together in community. With hands deep in the soil, Christians ensure peace and reconciliation do not remain fallow for years to come. Purchase Making Peace with the Land »