About the Center

The Center for Reconciliation (CFR) exists to inspire, form, and support leaders, communities, and congregations to live as ambassadors of reconciliation.

Founded in 2005, the CFR has become a significant presence in cultivating seeds of reconciliation both locally and globally. The CFR focuses its efforts around three primary activities: connecting existing practitioners through collaborative partnerships, cultivating new actors in the work of reconciliation, and communicating wisdom and hope.

Programs and Events

Our programs create theologically-formed ecumenical spaces that aid leaders in learning from the gifts of diversity while providing momentum towards unity. Key programs include the Summer Institute and the African Great Lakes Initiative, both of which bring together leaders of faith communities for intensive training and theological reflection.

Our events capture a wide audience, including students, community development workers, para-church organizations, congregations and academic institutions, each bringing unique gifts to the ministry of reconciliation.

Academic Courses

Duke Divinity School also offers academic courses that shape a lively Christian imagination for the ministry of reconciliation. Through the CFR, Divinity School students are encouraged to explore their calling and vocation by apprenticing with model communities of reconciliation practice. With relationships and skills built as students, alumni continue to find vibrant, challenging, and fulfilling ways to work in the ministry of reconciliation across the globe.

Resources for a New Creation

Through resources that unite theology, context, and practice, the CFR reflects deeply on social, economic, and political realities communities face. The center’s primary resource is our Resources for Reconciliation book series. Each title is co-authored by a theologian and practitioner to produce engaging conversations that communicate wisdom, hope, and insights for the life of mission in a divided world.

In a divided world, the CFR community yearns for God’s new “we.” The center takes seriously the need for renewal of the Church in the world and the formation of Christian leadership for reconciliation. By locating, describing, and sharing stories of pain and hope, the center witnesses to good news: “the way things are is not the way things have to be.”

“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
—2 Corinthians 5:17-19