Reconciliation: a political possibility?

Archbishop emerita Antje Jackelén
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17:30 - 18:30
University Church of St Mary the Virgin
High Street
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Lectures and seminars
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Reconciliation is often thought of as a religious or quasi-religious enterprise, with religious leaders, perpetrators and victims taking the centre stage. Reconciliation is a process that can bring healing, or support the need to sustain just peace over a long period of time. As such, reconciliation efforts may shape the softer fabric of the long-term capacity for coexistence. While the role of religious leaders can be helpful in shaping post-conflict social relationships, reconciliation is also a political assignment.

This lecture will reflect on political dimensions to reconciliation: the role of the state, the distance between state institutions and religious actors in processes of fact-finding and reconciliation, and how the disintegration of such efforts impact on how an apology might be received by historically disadvantaged peoples.

This lecture will explore the elements, stages and conditions of a public process of reconciliation, drawing on her own experience of leading the reconciliation process between the Sami people and the Church of Sweden, and comparing it to other efforts, such as the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.