Ambassadors of Reconciliation

random-0131I was delighted to spend time last week with Ched Myers and Elaine Enns from Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. They were in Washington, D.C., to speak at the Servant Leadership School about their new book Ambassadors of Reconciliation: New Testament Reflections on Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (Vol. 1), which is available through Orbis Books.

Ched came out of the Christian tradition of peacemaking through prophetic action and protest and Elaine came out of the Christian Mennonite tradition of personal reconciliation and restoration of relationship.

ambassadorsorigIn Ambassadors, they bring together the strength of both to forge a powerful story of Christian faith, courage, humility, and generative power for God’s creative good.

Building on St. Paul’s call on followers of Christ to be “ambassadors of reconciliation,” Ched and Elaine offer a lens for re-reading the entire biblical tradition as a resource for the cause of “restorative justice” and peacemaking.

Ched, the author of Binding the Strong Man and Who Will Roll Away the Stone?, focuses on building biblical literacy, church renewal, and faith-based witness for justice. Elaine has worked for twenty years in the field of restorative justice and conflict transformation.

The second volume, due out in spring 2010, will be a collection of powerful peacemaking and justice stories and interviews the two have collected in their work and travels.

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