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Religious gathering focuses on reconciliation


US theologian Sr Laurie Brink OP spoke about reconciliation from the perspective of personal experience, biblical roots and global implications at the gathering of Religious of the Archdiocese of Adelaide last month.

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Sr Laurie is a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa and is associate professor of New Testament Studies at the prestigious Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She investigates the ancient social, religious, and cultural world out of which early Christianity emerged. More recently, she has been researching and writing a book on the biblical foundations of friendship.

In her Adelaide presentation, Sr Laurie said one avenue in which Religious men and women and all people of faith could be missionary disciples was by engaging and promoting reconciliation.

“Reconciliation is more a spirituality than a strategy,” she said.

“As a spirituality, it is a way of life, a way of creating space for truth, healing, justice within the victim and within the wrongdoer.

“This leads to creating communities of memory and communities of hope.

“Communities of memory are safe places to uncover the painful past and allow for truth-telling to overcome the narrative of the lie.

“Communities of hope are where a new future can begin to be imagined.”

Sr Laurie visited Adelaide as part of a national tour. More than 140 consecrated men and women joined Archbishop Philip Wilson and Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ at the John Di Fede Centre, Windsor Gardens for the gathering.


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