Big thumbs up to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) for the excellent Lent resource they have produced in partnership with BBC radio. Archway Bible Study starts up again next Thursday (like me they had a sabbatical) and I was looking on the web for some suitable material when I came across a link to The Unreconciled, as the course is titled. Lots of pick and mix resource material and there’s seven weeks worth (most Lent courses are only five weeks) and it links in to the lectionary, so we can continue our practice of looking at the lectionary readings in advance of Sunday. With the turmoil in the Middle East and tensions in our own society, such as anti-immigration rhetoric, the topic of reconciliation has never been more relevant. Here’s part of the introductory bumph:
In our journey through Lent, we will be looking at issues in Christian reconciliation, but not just the initiatives and works that everyone knows about. We want to get at some of the things which are never talked about, where deep divisions are covered over by smiling faces and ‘doing the right thing’. Some of those cracks and divisions never get healed and so families, communities and even nations, never flourish or prosper properly as God wants them to. Even as we’re working or praying for peace, there are things around us and among us that never get fixed, never get looked at, and are sometimes never talked about. But these things need to be out in the open and all of us can get involved to help improve our lives, our communities, our nation and our world.
Sounds challenging! We start ‘The Unreconciled’ next week, and I’ll post up any insights that emerge from our discussion.