Triptykos and Claremont School of Theology Participate in a Call for National Healing and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe

by Facilitator on October 28, 2009

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Mazvita Machinga, Frank Rogers, Andrew Dreitcer and Mark Yaconelli to spend 8 days in Mutare

After years of human suffering, economic decline and political violence throughout its land, the government of national unity in Zimbabwe has called for a process of National Healing and Reconciliation. The newly-formed governmental ministry charged with this call is seeking fresh approaches to nurturing authentic healing and appropriate restoration of broken relationships.

Claremont School of Theology Ph.D. student Mazvita Machinga (founding director of the Pastoral Care and Counseling Services Centre of Mutare, Zimbabwe), CST professors and Triptykos co-directors Frank Rogers and Andy Dreitcer, and Triptykos co-director Mark Yaconelli have been invited to help lead a workshop for over 100 multidenominational church leaders (including pastors, Bishops, and others), village leaders, victims of violence, and representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office of National Healing and Reconciliation. The workshop, organized by the Mutare Pastoral Care and Counseling Center, with support from Triptykos, the Claremont School of Theology, and the Fetzer Institute, is entitled Creating a Path to Healing: The Church’s Role and Its Promise for the Country. It is being held in Mutare, Zimbabwe, November 3-5. Presentations by Machinga and Rogers and small group facilitation by Dreitcer and Yaconelli will offer approaches to social healing that embody empowered forgiveness, restorative justice, and liberative compassion. The goal of the workshop is to create processes for healing and reconciliation that church and civic leaders can implement in their local communities and that can inform the government as it develops a national strategy for healing and reconciliation. A follow-up conference is planned for the Summer of 2010. In that follow-up meeting, the original conference participants will share with one another their successes and challenges in adapting the healing and reconciliation processes for their own settings.

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