Reflections on the Gospel readings for Advent through to Epiphany for year C of the lectionary cycle are now available on the Spirituality of Conflict website.
For those of you not familiar with it, Spirituality of Conflict is a project dedicated to reading the gospel texts through the lens of conflict and reading conflict through the lens of the gospel texts. We are publishing reflections on the gospel reading for every Sunday of the three year lectionary cycle, alongside reflections for occasions that warrant human attention throughout the year: everything from St. Patrick’s day to World AIDS day.
These reflections focus on conflict in its various forms and on how the lectionary text might address it. They suggest pathways into an understanding of the gospel texts which highlight the conflicted nature of the world in which Jesus lived and how people navigated their routes through it. In this way these texts can speak to our own conflicted contemporary world. They are not intended as general reflections on the lectionary.
The resources are free and can be downloaded from the Spirituality of Conflict website where you can also sign up to have them delivered directly by email each week.
Spirituality of Conflict was initially imagined by Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community. The project also involves coworkers from other Christian witnesses across Ireland and Britain: the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland, The Iona Community, Place for Hope, the Irish School of Ecumenics and Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation Ministry. Coming from across Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Pentecostal backgrounds, the reflections reflect the ecumenical nature of the witness to peace.
Primary funding came from the JVM Trench Will Trust, with additional contributions from the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland and the Community Relations Council of Northern Ireland. All of the contributing organisations have also invested funds, time and premises in support of this project.