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New Resource Takes Spiritual Look at Conflict

Monday February 27 2016

A new ecumenical resource has been launched to take a spiritual approach to themes of conflict.

The Spirituality of Conflict website publishes reflections and prayers on the Gospel, read through the context of conflict: in homes, workplaces and communities; and within ourselves.

It came from an initial idea by Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community in Ireland, and developed in partnership with multiple groups including the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland (who also provided some funding), the Iona Community and Place for Hope.

The reflections for the first year were written over four residential gatherings of people from the Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Pentecostal backgrounds (including two Church of Scotland ministers), following the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary. There will also be reflections for particular occasions during the year.

A statement from Corrymeela said: “Contemporary society has a lot of conflict and we need a spirituality that is appropriate to it.

“The gospel texts are replete with dynamics of conflict: occupation; internal conflicts; conflict about the inclusion of others; conflict about the role of leadership; and the role of popular voices.  To be a person of faith, it is worthwhile having a spirituality that addresses how we live while conflict is ongoing. This new resource speaks to this need.”

The resources are free to view and download from


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