Middle East Consultation 2024

Interpersonal Reconciliation: Practicing Reconciliation in the Middle East

The purpose of this year’s Middle East Consultation is to explore interpersonal reconciliation as a significant step towards interpersonal peace and its role in creating healthier communities. This will include discussions of the successes and failures, achievements, and shortcomings of initiatives taken by pre-selected practitioners, and reflected upon through a biblical-contextual lens to equip the Church to become a community of peace and an agent for reconciliation as it seeks God’s transformation for itself for societies.

Last year, MEC 2023 highlighted the theoretical, biblical, and contextual areas of peace that Christ gives at different levels such as interpersonal, communal, and national peacemaking. In April 2024, we trained a group of key Arab Church leaders from various denominations on specific interpersonal reconciliation methods and then facilitated their design and implementation of interpersonal peace initiatives intended to foster transformational change within their church communities.

MEC 2024 will seek to deepen participants’ understanding of interpersonal reconciliation theories and practices in Arab societies. It will also provide learning opportunities drawn from the experiences of various faculty members at ABTS and other Arab practitioners in the field as they come together to discuss opportunities to engage in interpersonal reconciliation initiatives across the Arab world.

Accordingly, MEC 2024 will host several participants who are experienced theologians and practitioners in interpersonal reconciliation from different Arab countries. This diverse MENA region focus group of specialists will address localized interpersonal reconciliation in three key areas of practice: confession, forgiveness, and confrontation. This will be followed by workshops on contextual and practical initiatives. Conversations will produce panel discussions on specific topics that help us develop the presented theories in a manner aligned with Scripture and address the culture of honor and shame in our societies.

Interpersonal reconciliation is contingent on the following three steps: Confession, Forgiveness, and Confrontation.

Confession: This will include confession of faith in God, but in the context of confrontation, we will address confession of sins to God and to others. We will hear about how leaders addressed and practiced confession in their own lives and ministries amidst a culture of shame and honor.

Forgiveness: The role of forgiveness in the reconciliation process is key, particularly as we highlight the need for accountability and truth-telling as essential components of forgiveness in the process of interpersonal reconciliation. We will also hear how leaders addressed the challenges of forgiveness in their different contexts. Is forgiveness a journey or a decision? And what is the difference between forgiveness and pardoning?

Confrontation: Lovingly naming and identifying points of conflict or offense with others who hurt us is challenging. Here, we are seeking to apply biblical truth to issues of conflict in order to restore the person and hopefully, the relationship. We will hear about how theologians and practitioners from the MENA region have addressed the topic of confrontation biblically and practically in their own contexts and identify what hinders confrontation.

Join us for MEC 2024


Join us on September 25, 26, and 27 as we immerse ourselves in rich conversations on interpersonal reconciliation, a vital component of peace, as we engage in practical and contextual workshops on the theories and practices of interpersonal reconciliation.

Apply today for MEC 2024: Interpersonal Reconciliation: Practicing Reconciliation in the Middle East
• MEC 2024 will be held in Arabic. Translation to English is provided.
• All workshops will be held at ABTS and in person.

MEC 2024 Schedule

Time

Tuesday 24th

Wednesday 25th

Thursday 26th

Friday 27th

7:30am – 8:30am

Arrival & Registration

Breakfast

8:30am – 9:30am

Worship

9:30am – 1:30pm

Theological/Biblical Reflections on Confession, Forgiveness, Confrontation

 

Speakers’ Panels

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Lunch Break

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Case Studies - Arab Peacemaking Practitioners (NGOs, Church Leaders, …)

Q & A

Workshops

Synthesis

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Dinner

Final Banquet

MEC 2024 Accommodation and Meals Pricelist

Option 1

Includes Lunch, coffee breaks, and access to all sessions and workshops

$95/person

Option 2

Shared room occupancy (twin/double bed) including full board for 3 days / 3 nights, airport pick up and drop off, final banquet, and access to all sessions and workshops

$359/person

Option 3

Single room occupancy including full board for 3 days / 3 nights, airport pick up and drop off, final banquet, and access to all sessions and workshops

$395/person

Option 4

Includes access to all sessions, workshops, and coffee breaks

$50/person