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Forgiveness and Reconciliation – Theology and Practice

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St Boniface C Of E Church

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Eastleigh

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This study day will address the practical challenges of preaching and practising the good news of reconciliation and forgiveness. It will focus particularly on the 2017 church report Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the aftermath of abuse, which reminds us that, ‘Every person licensed to preach and teach in the life of the Church of England needs to be aware that whenever they speak about forgiveness to a congregation or group of people within it, it is entirely possible that a survivor, or an abuser, may be present. Many people in congregations struggle to pray, ‘forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us’. How can we better understand and preach with appropriate sensitivity on these central themes in the church’s proclamation of the gospel? How should the church speak of being forgiven to those who have committed abuse? How should the church speak of forgiving to those who have experienced abuse?


Led by the Revd Dr Jon Coutts, Tutor in Theology and Ethics at Trinity College, Bristol, the day will combine theological input with reflection and group discussion.

About Revd Dr Jon Coutts

I was born into a pastor’s family in the heart of the Canadian prairies and grew up playing street hockey with my brothers. After earning a BTh from Canadian Bible College I served for seven years in a few different evangelical churches in the Christian and Missionary Alliance (where I was ordained). Most recently I was the Lead Pastor of Richmond Alliance Church in greater Vancouver. My wife Angie and I have been married since 1998, and have lived in Bristol since 2014. Together we are raising four sons, named Elijah, Brady, Jesse, and Matty. Each has inherited their dad’s love for English football.

Between church ministries I also spent a number of years in college, seminary and postgraduate environments both in North America and the UK. My MA in Theology, with a thesis on the theology of G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday, was gained at Briercrest Seminary, Saskatchewan, but for my PhD work on forgiveness and the church in Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation I was drawn to Scotland and the University of Aberdeen, where I studied under the late Prof John Webster. That work is now published by IVP Academic under the title A Shared Mercy. Besides the moral theology of forgiveness and reconciliation, I also lead research and teach on doctrine, church leadership, ethics, and the politics of gender, sexuality, disability, and race.

Lunch will be provided (please advise of any dietary requirements).

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