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"Through the restoration of relationships, the opportunity improves for people to enter into new agreements about what is valuable and, more importantly,
...what is possible."
"Well of course everything is subjective once you get beyond the barest of facts. Imagine an immutable fact, a corpse lying on the floor with a visible wound to the head. But the moment you call that corpse a victim, you begin to tell a story. And if you enlarge that to "victim of a senseless crime," then you have the makings of a plot.
- Kidder Tracy, Author
Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
This is the narrative of America. It is the summation of our story, codified in our constitution, buttressed by our values. It is also the personal narrative of "us". These values, ones that have served such an unrelated people in their pursuit of a "perfect union", are the same values we extend to those outside American shores.
IDEOS, too, was founded on a personal narrative. After several years working alongside global peacemakers and conflict resolution experts across the landscape of global conflict and terror, we were left with the feeling that something vital was missing in our collective approach: that conflict resolution, while valuable, was missing a critical and foundational element; that too often we were approaching conflict as a discordance of ideas rather than the disconnect between human beings.
As it was with the founding of America, our stories matter. From infancy they help us create meaning out of the immaterial and they are often how we learn to relate to an unknown world. This is why families pass down the stories of their elders, where they came from, how they got here, and what they value. We are also the stories we tell. More importantly, the stories we are told, and eventually tell ourselves, become the lens through which we see situations and navigate the unfamiliar. They are both foundational to how we engage with others and identify those whom we will deem friend or foe. It is, ultimately, how we navigate a complex, messy and sometimes conflict laden world.
RECONCILIATION & CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION:
WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT MATTERS
BY CHRISTY VINES
Many of today’s challenges, both domestic and global, are grounded in conflict and the inability of stakeholders to move beyond their ideological silos - the preferences, principles and practices that people believe in. And though conflict may be a human inevitability, it is in these spaces where Christ often does His greatest work.
Reconciliation, the process of restoring relationships, is the incredible gift God offers to the world and modeled throughout His life here on earth. It is also both a necessary step before resolution can occur and the catalyst for healing and restoration.
THE IDEOS TEAM