On the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Evangelical Alliance NI are delighted to be partnering in the launch of a new resource called Be Reconciled to inspire and equip local churches in peacemaking.
Be Reconciled is a 6 week bible-based small group course, created by Catherine Simpson, a curate at Seapatrick Parish Church. It was developed in partnership with the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland and with support from local Church leaders from across the denominations. Catherine was inspired to create the course while writing her dissertation in training for the ministry.
The course is designed to be led by laity or clergy through a series of videos to watch each week and a discussion booklet. It can be used by anyone but has been developed with an evangelical audience in mind who may be nervous that peacemaking in Northern Ireland means ignoring important doctrinal differences between the Catholic and Protestant Churches. This is not the case and this resource is not a call for theological union - it’s about living well together amidst our genuine differences, on the common ground we share as neighbours and friends.
This resource seeks to move peacemaking from the margins to the mainstream of church life in Northern Ireland – to firmly place it in the context of our witness and discipleship as followers of Jesus Christ. Reconciliation is one of the biggest moral and social justice issues facing Northern Ireland today. In a culture emerging from conflict, death and broken relationships, local churches in Northern Ireland have a role to play in giving local context to the Gospel.
The course including videos and a PDF of the resource booklet can be downloaded for free at www.bereconciled.co.uk.
We would love this resource to help start some new conversations and we’d love to receive any comments or feedback as you explore and use this resource. Feel free to contact our public policy officer David at firstname.lastname@example.org.