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‘Called to Prophecy, Reconciliation and Healing: A Theological Basis for Challenges in Post War Sri Lanka’ 

27 –29 May 2012Sri Lanka

30 participants comprising pastors, women and youth leaders from different denominations in Sri Lanka gathered together for a CCA-FMU Conference on the theme ‘Called to Prophecy, Reconciliation and Healing: A Theological Basis for Challenges in Post War Sri Lanka’ at Meth Arana –Athrugiriya, Sri Lanka, from 27 – 29 May 2012.  Meth Arana, an idyllic hillside retreat centre, provided an ideal backdrop for discussions on healing and reconciliation in the post war struggles in Sri Lanka.
Participants of the Conference at Sri Lanka

The Consultation, which was conducted in collaboration with NCC Sri Lanka, aimed at building a solid theological basis for church ministries focusing on the theme ‘Called to Prophesy, Reconcile and Heal’, analyzing the role of religion in conflict situation, learning best practices in healing and reconciliation as seen in war torn situations, and nurturing young leadership especially in peace building process.

The Rev. Ebenezer Joseph, General Secretary of NCC Sri Lanka and Rev. Ruki Fernando facilitated the participants to discuss the contemporary situation in Sri Lanka and the response of churches in Sri Lanka.
Activity in Conflict Transformation
Rev. Francis Selvaraj (Director of Visthaar Academy of Justice and Peace Studies in India), Rev. Dr. Vincent Rajkumar (Director of Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society in India) and   Rev. Jacky Manuputty (Peace activist from the Protestant Church of Mollucus, Indonesia) shared their reflections and experiences on how the churches and christian communities are involved in peace movements in India and Indonesia. This helped the participants to think of their roles as prophets, reconcilers and healers. 

Some of the important observations made were that the process of reconciliation and healing was a long one and had to start with the understanding of the trauma and pain of the victims, helping them to reflect and reconstruct the painful memories of the past into transformative power. They also felt the need to have a training manual/resource materials on the theological basis of peace building (collect and print all the sermons, bible reflections and stories on prophesying, reconciling and healing), strengthen the programs on individual churches on healing and reconciliation, and enhance more collective Peace initiatives at the national level.

Conflict transformation
Perhaps the most significant outcome was the affirmation of the role of women in war situations, both during the war and in post-war situations, especially in healing, reconciliation and peace building, and the need to document the experiences of women and children.


posted by communications on Wednesday, June 20, 2012  

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