WEA GA Statement on Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Initiative

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Preamble: God has created the world to be recipients of His love. Because of sin, we live in a world rife with conflict. God’s mission is the reconciliation of all things through Christ, and He invites us to participate with Him in the pursuit of right relationships. We honour the faithful examples of peacebuilding and reconciliation in our history. We confess and repent of our failure, whether through our action or inaction, to bear witness to the Gospel by faithfully living out the peaceable ways of Jesus Christ. In particular, we acknowledge that in our zeal for evangelism, we have often overlooked the biblical mandate to pursue peace. We commit ourselves anew to this mandate within our homes, churches, communities, and among the nations.

VISION Our vision is for all evangelical churches and Christians to actively engage in peacebuilding and reconciliation, in obedience to Jesus Christ

We invite the WEA network through its regional and national alliances and all who share this vision to commit to:

LISTEN together to better understand the experience of those caught up in destructive conflict and to discern the heart and mind of God in peacebuilding and reconciliation today. For information contact: Michael McGill, +1 773 592-0951, [email protected], 6604 36th Ave. S. Seattle WA 98118, USA
In pursuit of this the WEA will:
1. Engage in ongoing conversation about the complex theological and missiological issues raised by peacebuilding and reconciliation
2. Explore Christian peacebuilding and reconciliation in relation to other faith communities, global economics, governance and other strategic issues
3. Seek to understand and learn from the range of initiatives taking place among evangelicals, in the wider Christian church and in global political and civil society

DEVELOP appropriate responses to fulfill the vision of being active in peacebuilding and reconciliation as a witness to God’s reconciliation in Christ.
In pursuit of this the WEA will:
1. Identify strategic areas for engagement in peacebuilding and reconciliation
2. Explore and/or promote creative approaches to peacebuilding and reconciliation

EQUIP the church to be better skilled and resourced to build peace.
In pursuit of this the WEA will:
1. Identify and make available existing peacebuilding and reconciliation materials and develop new ones
2. Support training in the theology, techniques and skills of peacebuilding and reconciliation
3. Encourage regional and national alliances to appoint a peacebuilding and reconciliation coordinator

SERVE our broken world through peacebuilding and reconciliation activities at the personal, family, communal, national, regional and global levels.
In pursuit of this the WEA will:
1. Encourage all alliances, affiliates and partners to have active peacebuilding and reconciliation programs
2. Engage in peacebuilding advocacy
3. Pursue peacebuilding and reconciliation programs which listen to and partner with victims of destructive conflict while seeking to engage, understand and challenge all perpetrators of such conflict
4. Recognize the role of children and youth and nurture them as peacebuilders and reconcilers

1 This commitment draws on Reconciliation as the Mission of God as a foundation text, particularly its definition of destructive conflict and shalom. The Lausanne Council For World Evangelism’s Global Network for Reconciliation produced Reconciliation as the Mission of God and it is available at www.reconciliationnetwork.com.
This commitment was resolved by the WEA at their General Assembly in Pattaya, Thailand on October 30th 2008.