Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World

Michael Battle

Aug/2005, 128 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

ISBN-13: 9780819221094



How do we practice reconciliation in a world full of violence? How do we love someone at work who seems hell-bent on sabotaging a successful career? And how do religious people resolve differences when religious interpretations seem to lead to righteous indignation rather than reconciliation? We practice reconciliation, according to Michael Battle, by affirming that God is present and acting on that belief, even in the midst of something that looks more like the devil's work. Battle, who worked with Desmond Tutu in South Africa in the past, draws on his knowledge of biblical texts, as well as contemporary scholarship, to examine the ways in which each of us can practice being reconciling people.

Michael Battle has served the church in many capacities, as Anglican/Episcopal priest, seminary dean and professor, writer, speaker, and retreat leader. His ministry covers the globe and focuses on Christian non-violence, human spirituality, and Black Church Studies. He was ordained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, earned Ph.D. from Duke University, and is the author of nine books, including Ubuntu: I in You and You and Me, from Seabury Books.

Michael is currently President of the PeaceBattle Institute. He also served as Canon Theologian in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and rector of The Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, California. Previously, he served as Provost of the Cathedral Center,Vice President, Associate Dean of Academic Studies and Associate Professor of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.

He also served as Chaplain to the Episcopal House of Bishops; Member of Theology Committee of the Episcopal Church; and currently serves as Spiritual Director for CREDO, Wellness Conference of the Episcopal Church

"A topic of importance to the current divided church."-The Living Church, November 2006.
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