“A Practical Theology of Healing, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation"
Schreiter considers healing, forgiveness and reconciliation as “an ongoing practice of reflection and action that keeps theory and informed practice in constant conversation with each other.” After proposing five principles for a practical theology of reconciliation, he discusses the need for healing in its many dimensions, truth telling, and forgiveness.
"Reconciliation: A Catholic Ethic for Peacebuilding in the Political Order"
Drawing on biblical and theological concepts, this chapter develops a framework for a political ethic of reconciliation understood as a matter of justice. Philpott proposes six practices of this ethic: building socially just institutions, acknowledgement, reparations, punishment, apology, and forgiveness.
“Colombia: Religious Actors Inspiring Reconciliation"
This case study explores the complex ways that religious forces have both legitimized and sought to resolve the decades-long conflict in Colombia between the government and various guerrilla and paramilitary organizations, with particular attention paid to the peace efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. The study deals with four questions: What are the historical origins of the conflict in Colombia? How do domestic religious factors influence the conflict as well as inspire efforts for conflict resolution? How important are international religious forces? What role do socioeconomic factors play? In addition to its core text, the case study also includes a timeline of key events, a guide to relevant religious organizations, and a list of further readings.
“Pursuing Truth, Reconciliation, and Human Dignity in South Africa: Lessons for Catholic Peacebuilding”
In this chapter, Fr. Pearson, long-time head of the Southern African Bishops’ Parliamentary Liaison Office, considers lessons that Catholic peacebuilders can learn from South Africa’s official Truth and Reconciliation Process. He also discusses the relationship between the TRC process and on-going challenges of peacebuilding in post-apartheid South Africa.
Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda
Rwanda is often held up as a model of evangelization in Africa. Yet in 1994, the most Christianized country in Africa became the site of its worst genocide. With a mother who was a Hutu and a father who was a Tutsi, author Emmanuel Katongole is uniquely qualified to point out that the tragedy in Rwanda is also a mirror reflecting the deep brokenness of the church in the West. Rwanda brings us to a cry of lament where together we learn that we must interrupt these patterns of brokenness. But Rwanda also brings us to a place of hope. Indeed, the only hope for our world after Rwanda’s genocide is a new kind of Christian identity for the global body of Christ—a people on pilgrimage together, a mixed group, bearing witness to a new identity made possible by the Gospel.
"Uganda: The Challenge of Forgiveness"
"Uganda: The Challenge of Forgiveness," Fetzer Institute and Daniel Philpott, published on Vimeo, 21 minutes:
Thise video chronicles religious leaders, elders, and parents in northern Uganda who are exercising remarkable leadership and courage in choosing to forgive as they seek to rebuild their communities after the conflict with the Lords Resistance Army. Produced by the Fetzer Institute and Daniel Philpott.
Margaret Pfeil discusses reconciliation in light of Dan Philpott’s book, Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation
Margaret Pfeil discusses reconciliation in light of Dan Philpott’s book, Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (Oxford University Press, 2012): (17:30 to 27:00 of 60:00 video).