A new initiative is underway at Duke Divinity School- the Center for Reconciliation- and I have been invited to be part of it, to help set its vision, design its programs and provide leadership as co-director.

I sit in my office thinking about this invitation, and the words of St. Paul come to mind: “All this from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5: 18). I am therefore both reminded and encouraged by the fact that reconciliation is God’s mission – and in fact, he has already set its vision (in Christ): we are simply invited to become part of God’s vision of a reconciled universe. But I am also reminded by the fact reconciliation is a journey, a process that involves a gradual transformation of the old creation into God’s new creation: “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away. See everything has become new…”

And so, I also think of the journey, the many journeys, that have led me into, and shaped my vision of, this ministry…


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