Remembering Well

memorialAbout a week and a half ago, on October 23 and 24, the Catalyst Live conference hosted by BMS World Mission took place in the U.K.  It was a fantastic line-up of speakers, including Richard Rohr, Walter Brueggemann, Miroslav Volf, Martin Accad, and many others with whom Missio was less familiar but deeply grateful to be introduced to them and hear their messages.

Professor Volf’s talk on the place and power of memory both in conflicts and in reconciliation was outstanding, so we offer the video today as food for thought. Volf encourages all of us to attend to our memories, “remembering correctly,” by which he means: “remembering truthfully, remembering hopefully, remembering responsibly, and remembering in reconciling ways.” (BMS provided a helpful summary write-up that you can read here.)  We thank the good folks of BMS World Mission and Catalyst Life for making the videos public.

Catalyst Live, Miroslav Volf, Reading, October 2014 from BMS World Mission on Vimeo.

Volf also says: “The good news of the gospel is we aren’t what we have done or what other people have done to us. We are what God thinks we are and as God relates to us.”

The same could be said about us in our vocational commitments and their varying constraints, as Kate Harris puts it. In the midst of the tug of our hopes and dreams, our work and family commitments, we are still who God thinks we are, and our lives find their coherence in him. This is a memory worth cultivating in truth, with hope, with ever-deepening avenues of responsibility, and with energy towards work that promotes peace and the common good.

Photo: Holocaust memorial, Berlin; Martin Boulanger

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