Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace  -     By: L. Gregory Jones, Celestin Musekura
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Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace

Inter-Varsity Press / 2010 / Paperback

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Christians are supposed to forgive others as we've been forgiven. But hearing the call to forgive is different from knowing how to practice forgiveness at home and in the world. Forgiveness is about more than the isolated acts and words of individuals. To forgive and be forgiven, we need communal practices and disciplines for a way of life that makes for peace. Greg Jones and Cilestin Musekura describe how churches and communities can cultivate the habits that make forgiveness possible on a daily basis.

Following the Rwandan genocide, Musekura lost his father and other family members to revenge killings. But then he heard God tell him to forgive the killers. The healing power of forgiveness in his own life inspired him to work for forgiveness and reconciliation across Africa. Jones, author of Embodying Forgiveness, interacts with Musekura's story to show how people can practice forgiveness not only in dramatic situations like genocide but also in everyday circumstances of marriage, family and congregational life. Together they demonstrate that forgiving and being forgiven are mutually reciprocating practices that lead to transformation and healing.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 156
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830834559
ISBN-13: 9780830834556
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Series: Resources for Reconciliation

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Christians are supposed to forgive others as we've been forgiven. But hearing the call to forgive is different from knowing how to practice forgiveness at home and in the world. Forgiveness is about more than the isolated acts and words of individuals. To forgive and be forgiven, we need communal practices and disciplines for a way of life that makes for peace. Greg Jones and Célestin Musekura describe how churches and communities can cultivate the habits that make forgiveness possible on a daily basis. Following the Rwandan genocide, Musekura lost his father and other family members to revenge killings. But then he heard God tell him to forgive the killers. The healing power of forgiveness in his own life inspired him to work for forgiveness and reconciliation across Africa. Jones, author of Embodying Forgiveness, interacts with Musekura's story to show how people can practice forgiveness not only in dramatic situations like genocide but also in everyday circumstances of marriage, family and congregational life. Together they demonstrate that forgiving and being forgiven are mutually reciprocating practices that lead to transformation and healing.

Author Bio

L. Gregory Jones, (Ph.D., Duke) is vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He previously served as dean of Duke Divinity School. He also serves as president of leadership education at Duke Divinity, and as professor of theology. His books include and . Clestin Musekura (Ph.D., theological studies, Dallas Theological Seminary) is president and founder of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.), a growing ministry with fifty-one African national staff training church leaders and community leaders across east and central Africa in leadership conflict resolution and tribal reconciliation. In addition to his theological studies, Musekura has done studies in conflict resolution, mediation and reconciliation at the eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His pastoral and Christian leadership ministries include six years of pastoring in Rwanda and serving in administration with the Association des Eglises Baptistes au Rwanda. He served on the international and continental level as the Africa Regional Director for MAP International, the Director for MAP-Reconciliation Ministries, and the Associate Director for SIM-Urban Ministries Support Group. He co-founded the Sudan Evangelical Alliance to help the persecuted churches in southern Sudan unite in their suffereing and in their outreach to their nation. Musekura has served as an adjunct porfessor of systematic theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He is also the author of .

Publisher's Weekly

Theologians Jones and Musekura combine their interpretive wisdom and experiences, and the result is a weighty little book on making forgiveness a daily habit. Musekura, who lost family members in the protracted aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, has a naturally compelling story to share. He subsequently meets relatives of those who had slaughtered his relatives, and ultimately decides to seek their forgiveness for his anger toward them, who while they are relatives of murderers are also, Musekura says, "brothers in Christ." Jones outlines a theologically grounded process for seeking forgiveness that involves truth telling, remembering, repenting, and committing to change. Repenting is a key step that acknowledges the need to be forgiven and the sovereignty and grace of God's judgment. Neither says this is easy, but practice as a community is necessary: "Our choice is between forgiveness and nonexistence," Musekura writes. This persuasive little book, part of a series developed by the publisher and Duke Divinity School, where Jones teaches, has application to situations from New York to Nairobi. (Nov.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

" Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven is practical theology at its best. Jones and Musekura help us see why forgiveness is as important as our daily bread and how applying this fundamental discipline could transform not only the witness of the church in the world, but also the world itself."
"These amazing stories of forgiveness for the most heinous of atrocities offer courage, hope and guidance for all victims of violence."
"Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven is a beautiful testimony to the peculiar power of forgiveness in the name of Christ. Grounding their meditation on forgiveness deep in the experience of God's forgiveness of us in Christ, Jones and Musekura show the powerful, revolutionary, world-changing implications of a people who are enabled to forgive as we have been forgiven. Here is the Christian faith exemplified, practiced, engaged and proven by two vibrant, faithful theologians. The concluding study guide makes this book perfect for study, reflecting, and enactment in churches and small groups of those who have the courage to explore the implications of our forgiveness in Christ."

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