Building Dialogue

Stories, Scripture, and Liturgy in International Peacebuilding

Robert S. Heaney, John Yieh

Jul/2022, 248 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640655881



A resource for working through conflict with dialogue toward the goal of peace.

Building Dialogue is intended as an aide to inter-contextual analysis of conflict and practices of peace. This book emerges from inter-cultural relationships and discernment. Based on a three-year effort by a community of scholars and practitioners from across the Anglican Communion who reflected on the nature of conflict in relation to Christian visions of peace.

Robert S. Heaney PhD, DPhil is Professor of Theology and Mission, Virginia Theological Seminary, USA. He has experience in research, teaching, ministry, and consultation on three continents. Widely published, his most recent works include Post-Colonial Theology: Finding God and Each Other Amidst the Hate; The Promise of Anglicanism with William L. Sachs; and God’s Church for God’s World (Senior Editor). He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

John Yueh Han Yieh, PhD is the Molly Laird Downs Professor in New Testament at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He joined the faculty at VTS in 1995. His research focuses on the Gospel of Matthew and the Johannine Literature from the vantage of sociological and history-of-effects approaches. His published works include Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Matthew; A History of Biblical Interpretation in China; and One Teacher: Jesus’ Teaching Role in Matthew’s Gospel. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

“Richly theological and wonderfully practical, Building Dialogueoffers the wisdom of grassroots peacebuilders who not only share their peacemaking experiences but provide concrete models for reconciliation in other situations of conflict.”—Stephen B. Bevans, SVD, Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

Building Dialogue actually performs the kind of dialogue it advocates, being the result of years of active dialogue across difference and bringing together voices expressing numerous perspectives from regions throughout the globe.”—Scott MacDougall, Associate Professor of Theology, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and author of The Shape of Anglican Theology: Faith Seeking Wisdom

“Dialogue is a vital part of our existence as human beings and believers. Building Dialogue is an important contribution to our understanding of mutual witness and ministry.” —The Rt. Rev. Anthony Poggo, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Adviser for Anglican Communion Affairs and author of Come Let Us Rebuild

“This is a compelling read that not only provides a scriptural basis but also narrates the painful realities of the lived experience of the need for reconciliation.”—Canon Dr. Cathy Ross, PhD, Pioneer Mission Training Lead, Church Mission Society, Oxford, UK

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