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The Connor Diocesan Commitment to Reconciliation

"The Diocese of Connor, seeking to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow him, commits itself to the work of reconciliation, peace-making and bridge-building."

We affirm our belief in the reconciling call of God in Jesus Christ: "God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ" (2 Corinthians 5)

We affirm:
  • God's love for all people
  • that Christ calls us to love our neighbours as ourselves
  • that Christ calls us to love our enemies and pray for them
  • that God wills all people to be reconciled to Himself and one another through the cross of Christ
  • that God has entrusted to his people the ministry of reconciliation, and that we are called to be ambassadors for Christ.
  • We confess our need to follow more closely in the footsteps of Jesus the Peacemaker

    We confess that, at times:
  • our attitudes and actions towards those of other ethnic, social, cultural and religious identities have caused offence, hurt and division
  • we have been self-righteous and have refused to recognise our need to change
  • we have been willing to condemn the violence of others, but have not always been willing to take costly steps building peace and healing relationships
  • We commit ourselves to pray and to work for peace in the power of the Holy Spirit

    We commit ourselves:
  • to make the ministry of reconciliation a priority in our evangelism and our prayers
  • to build relationships of trust and mutual respect with those from whom we differ
  • to work with others for what is just and fair to everyone
  • to encourage local programmes of action to promote friendship, reconciliation and goodwill
  • Recognising that this can only be done through God's word and spirit, we pray that the life of our diocese and our parishes may be witness to God's kingdom of right relationships, as we excercise the ministry of reconciliation. The call to "be reconciled to God" is relevant in every generation and in every culture.

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