"..the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all of these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Communities and cultures are formed by the way we see and act toward our neighbors over time. When we view others with suspicion our values and practices will reflect that fear and necessarily result in enmeshed social divisions, dysfunctional communities and vulnerable people. We see this embodied in racism, poverty, social isolation, environmental abuse and corruption to name a few. The good news is that God is in the world through Christ reconciling it to Himself, joining our lives together in such a way that we become something new – a new humanity.
We are particularly attentive to relational connections, place-making and culture. These communities of peace, also called flourishing or beloved communities, are distinctively marked by the inclusion and sharing of life with the most vulnerable and where practices and mindsets are developed and nourished that (1) witness to solidarity with all of God’s creation, (2) are capable of sacrifice for the love of neighbor, and (3) offer resistance to the powers of idolatry, poverty, division and violence.
Since 1999, we have primarily served in under-resourced places where lives are clearly divided or isolated.
We believe that the most vulnerable are a vital part of the community & should be welcomed at the table; that community-building includes tearing down dividing walls & creating trusting relationships; and that greater impact is made by diverse, cross-sector networks. REMERGE facilitates collaborative opportunities that accelerate belonging & flourishing in local communities.