Ministry of Reconciliation (MoR)
The Ministry of Reconciliation is where On Earth Peace equips peacemakers to be peacemakers in all contexts (personal, family, church, community, world) by providing skills and processes that transform conflict. MoR is also where On Earth Peace models how differences can be settled by nonviolent and life-giving means, and where we accompany and support those who are committed to the hard work of reflecting peace in their ongoing relationships.
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Ministry of Reconciliation Practitioners' Key Principles:
1. In a climate of polarization: Harmonize.
a. Honor the dignity of all, including self.
b. “Imagine that it is possible to hold multiple realities and world views simultaneously as parts of a greater whole without losing one’s identity and viewpoint and without needing to impose or force one’s view on the other. Pursue complexity as a friend rather than an enemy.” (Lederach, 62)
c. “Talk and negotiate with everyone. We do not have enemies.” (Association of Peasant Workers of Carare (ATCC), as quoted in Lederach, 15).
d. “[We] will not exchange or tolerate scandalous, malicious, or inaccurate information concerning others.” (2008 Church of the Brethren “Ethics in Ministerial Relations” Paper, p. 1212)
2. In a climate of fear: Courage to risk hope. (Lederach, 163-69)
a. Risk stepping beyond violence.
b. Risk moments when you cannot predict or control the outcome.
c. Risk having faith.
3. In a climate of perfectionism and arrogance: Grace, humility, and perseverance.
a. Recognize and engage the inevitability of power and power imbalance.
b. Recognize and engage the impossibility of neutrality.
c. Despite the best training and most noble intentions, we are all fallible. So we learn from our mistakes; discern when to forgive and when to forbear; and extend grace to ourselves and others. Then we try again.
d. Reconciliation is a creative act, requiring the discipline of constantly learning and improving technique while also being open to the new and unimaginable. (Lederach, ix)
e. Reconciliation is relentlessly exhausting and joy-full, requiring periods of rest and renewal and celebration and play.
*These principles are not cast in stone! What needs to be added? Clarified? Omitted? How would you articulate principles for the Ministry of Reconciliation? Contact MoR@OnEarthPeace.org with your ideas. See link below for an amplified pdf version.
MoR’s Key Principles are derived from countless influences, chief among them include:
· Donna Hicks, Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press) 2011.
· James Laue and Gerald Cormick, “The Ethics of Intervention in Community Disputes,” Chapter 10 in The Ethics of Social Intervention, edited by Gordon Bermant, Herbert C. Kelman, and Donald P. Warwick (Washington, DC: Halsted Press) 1978, pp. 205-232.
· John Paul Lederach, The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (New York, NY: Oxford University Press) 2004.
· Bernard S. Mayer, Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass) 2004.
· Thomas Porter, The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of JustPeace (Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books) 2010.
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