What does it mean for Christians in Africa to receive the gift and invitation of reconciliation in the midst of the stubborn realities of war, poverty, and violence? Here, Emmanuel Katongole outlines a theological vision of reconciliation as God’s journey with creation—both gift and mission. He then explores the ecclesiological dimension of reconciliation and provides different portraits on why and how the church matters for reconciliation in Africa.
Finally, he draws on stories of peace activists in Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda to illuminate the spiritual and practical disciplines that sustain those who labor for reconciliation.
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The message of reconciliation only becomes concrete when we are able to follow its unfolding in the concrete stories of those who work for healing and justice. Emmanuel Katongole has done us all an immense service by tracing what reconciliation will mean in the midst of the struggles in Eastern Africa today. A must-read for anyone who engages in the work of social reconciliation in our conflicted world.
Robert Schreiter, author, The Ministry of Reconciliation
Emmanuel Katongole is one of the most incisive and accessible African theologians writing today. In these inspiring essays, he demonstrates how the 'new creation' initiated by God's love is taking root in the most difficult of circumstances.
J.J. Carney, Director of African Studies, Creighton University
This collection of essays would be of interest to those trying to understand the role Christians play or may play in bringing about reconciliation in Africa and globally. Given that Katongole is an influential voice in African theology today, this book is an important place to start for anyone who wishes to read an overview of his theological thought.
Journal of Theology for Southern Africa
Emmanuel Katongole is a Ugandan priest and theologian. Founder of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke University, he is now associate professor of theology and peace studies at Notre Dame. His books include The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa (Eerdmans); Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda, with Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove (Zondervan); and Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing, with Chris Rice (IVP Press).