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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

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32
By Trevor Williams

As thoroughly modern beings, we like to think of ourselves as autonomous individuals who decide what we want, when we want it, and how to get it. René Girard, theologian and philosopher of social science, has made us aware that this is an illusion. We live in relationship to those around us and our desires, attitudes and behaviour are heavily influenced by those relationships. We are constantly influenced by ‘the other’ and are measuring ourselves against them. We are drawn to those who appear to have more than we do and feel we deserve to have the same. Rivalry can drive us to seek the upper hand, to be better than they are, over and above ‘the others’. Rivalry can lead ultimately, to violence.

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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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Calendar (Year A available)

  • Year A
  • 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

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32
By Trevor Williams

As thoroughly modern beings, we like to think of ourselves as autonomous individuals who decide what we want, when we want it, and how to get it. René Girard, theologian and philosopher of social science, has made us aware that this is an illusion. We live in relationship to those around us and our desires, attitudes and behaviour are heavily influenced by those relationships. We are constantly influenced by ‘the other’ and are measuring ourselves against them. We are drawn to those who appear to have more than we do and feel we deserve to have the same. Rivalry can drive us to seek the upper hand, to be better than they are, over and above ‘the others’. Rivalry can lead ultimately, to violence.

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