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Reading conflict through the lens of the gospels

Spirituality of Conflict

Reading conflict through the lens of the gospels

This Week's Reading

Proper 20

Mark 9:30–37
By Janet Foggie

‘You should be ashamed of yourselves,’ Jesus seems to be saying, not inappropriate shame, not unnecessary guilt, but the real shame that comes from having got it wrong. There’s a flip side, though, anyone who welcomes ‘one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ Children are at the bottom of the first century ‘pecking order’ but, if the disciples change their attitudes, they won’t be worrying about who might be at the top, as they will be busy welcoming the one at the bottom.

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Conflicts: some need to be solved, some are part of the human condition.

Pádraig Ó Tuama (leader of the Corrymeela Community) speaking about conflicts and the gospels, and how some conflicts are to be resolved, whereas other conflicts inspire the human experience.

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Looking for Pastoral Support ?

We are delighted to offer resources for people of faith to explore spirituality and conflict in their own lives. If you are in need of personal support, we recommend:

Speaking with trusted friends.

Speaking with trusted faith leaders.

Contacting your denominational Mediation services for any congregational conflicts.

The Samaritans.

Contacting your local GP.

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  • Year B
  • Year C

Looking for Pastoral Support ?

We are delighted to offer resources for people of faith to explore spirituality and conflict in their own lives. If you are in need of personal support, we recommend:

Speaking with trusted friends.

Speaking with trusted faith leaders.

Contacting your denominational Mediation services for any congregational conflicts.

The Samaritans.

Contacting your local GP.

This Week's Reading

Proper 20

Mark 9:30–37
By Janet Foggie

‘You should be ashamed of yourselves,’ Jesus seems to be saying, not inappropriate shame, not unnecessary guilt, but the real shame that comes from having got it wrong. There’s a flip side, though, anyone who welcomes ‘one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ Children are at the bottom of the first century ‘pecking order’ but, if the disciples change their attitudes, they won’t be worrying about who might be at the top, as they will be busy welcoming the one at the bottom.

Read More

Featured Article

by Pádraig Ó Tuama

Conflicts: some need to be solved, some are part of the human condition.

Pádraig Ó Tuama (leader of the Corrymeela Community) speaking about conflicts and the gospels, and how some conflicts are to be resolved, whereas other conflicts inspire the human experience.

View Article