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Reconciliation - Bishop Brian Castle

Thoughts for May 2014

The Climate and Context of Reconciliation

Although reconciliation will take different forms in different contexts, the climate in which it is being sought needs to be the same, whatever the context.

Thoughts for April 2014

Parables of Reconciliation

Reconciliation is God’s gift to the world which is seen at its clearest at the resurrection.  My Easter message will develop this.  This month, we reflect on parables of reconciliation and the church’s calling to be such a parable.


The Church is called to be......

Thoughts for March 2014

Dehumanising the Other

Relating to otherness is crucial in the journey towards reconciliation: without a willingness to acknowledge and relate to the ‘other’ (person, idea, concept, way of believing) there can be no reconciliation.

Thoughts for February 2014

Excluding the Other

The present conflicts in Syria, Egypt, Sudan and the Central African Republic arise from complex backgrounds but they all display a rejection of the ‘other’ who thinks, prays, looks or acts differently.

Thoughts for January 2014

Difference: Friend or enemy?


There are a number of ways of embracing the other, but the one which appears to be prevalent in society is dichotomy or opposition which brings with it a deep suspicion of the other.

Thoughts for November 2013

Embracing the Other


Being able to relate to the other (that which, or the person who,  is totally different from us) is vitally important for reconciliation.  Yet, as I indicated last month, too often the other is excluded, dehumanized and demonized.

Thoughts for October

Other yet Intimate: God’s Unique Relationship


Embracing the other is important for our political and social well-being as well as for our spiritual health.  Yet too often the other is excluded, dehumanized and demonized.

Thoughts for September

Reaching out to the ‘Other.’


Reconciliation is not possible unless there is an embracing of the ‘other’ -  the other person, the other idea, the otherness of ourselves, the otherness of God.  The other is the one outside of ourselves.

Thoughts for August

The Church: Community of Forgiven-ness

The Church is a community which is both forgiven and in the process of being forgiven and it is called to reflect this reality to the world.

Thoughts for July (1)

Being Sorry: Is remorse necessary for forgiveness?

Is forgiveness dependent upon our being sorry and showing remorse?  When we do say sorry, is it primarily for the sake of the person we have wronged or is it for our sake?

At the Crucifixion, even as the nails were being driven in, Jesus said,