This Week in Church: Reconciliation

Welcome to the series wherein I share my take-aways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

I think that church can teach things that are beneficial to everyone, whether or not we believe in church-related things.

This week in church we talked about reconciliation.

Reconciliation is complicated. When we extend the table (whatever our metaphorical table may be) to others in an attempt at inclusion reconciliation there are some immediate pitfalls. If we perceive ourselves as hosts in the situation, then a power dynamic is immediately created.

Instead of being hosts who have power, we can still see ourselves as fellow guests. Who or what are we all serving? (God? Hope? Forgiveness? A future unity? Reconciliation itself?)

Instead of trying to control the situation and get a particular response from the person with whom we want to reconcile, we could start with confession without an expected response and open space for true healing.

Question: do the ways I try to make people feel welcome actually make them feel controlled?


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