Spirituality of Conflict is a website dedicated to reading the gospel texts through the lens of conflict and reading conflict through the lens of the gospel texts. We will publish reflections for the gospel reading for every Sunday of the three year lectionary cycle, and we will also publish reflections for occasions that warrant human attention throughout the year: everything from St. Patrick’s day to World AIDS day.
Spirituality of Conflict was initially imagined by Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community. With generous funding from the JVM Trench Will Trust, the project soon gathered coworkers from other Christian witnesses across Ireland and Britain: the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland, The Iona Community, Place for Hope, the Irish School of Ecumenics and Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation Ministry. Coming from across Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Pentecostal backgrounds, the reflections reflect the ecumenical nature of the witness to peace.
The material for Year A was written over four residential gatherings in 2016. It was important to us to write these reflections in the context of friendship, community and discussion; sharing meals, sharing discussions about the dynamics of conflict and the gospels, and sharing our stories. Material for Years B and C will be made available in mid 2017.
Primary funding came from the JVM Trench Will Trust. We are deeply thankful for this extraordinary generosity.
Additional funding came from the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland and the Community Relations Council of Northern Ireland. We have deep thanks for the trust and vision of these two funders.
All of the contributing organisations have invested funds, time and premises in support of this project.
This website provides introductions, texts and reflections on the Sunday Gospel reading (using the Revised Common Lectionary) where dynamics of conflict in the text are explored, and made relevant to everyday dynamics of conflict in contemporary life. We also provide reflections for special days of observation – some, like Saint days, are in the church calendar; others, like World AIDS day, are not marked in the lectionary but we will choose readings and offer reflections for these important days.
Conflict is part of every day. There are some conflicts that need to be reduced. Other conflicts are part of the human condition. What does not help is ignoring conflicts – whether they are conflicts to be solved, or conflicts to be learnt from. The gospel texts are replete with dynamics of conflict: occupation; internal conflict between people about whether one should or shouldn’t work for an occupying force; conflict about the inclusion of others; conflict about the role of leadership and the role of popular voices.
If you are keen to print these resources, go to the full–text version of the week’s reflection. On the left hand side you’ll see “Download this page” – and this will give you a PDF version that is ink–friendly.