ANVIL: Remembering rightly | Volume 30 issue 2 (Sept 2014)

Church Mission Society became the publisher of ANVIL in 2016, taking the journal on from an independent board. This 2014 issue was originally published on the Sciendo website.


Just Remembering or Remembering Rightly

Cathy Ross

Editorial

This issue of ANVIL focuses on remembrance and what it means to remember rightly, along with related themes of justice and forgiveness. The current issue has been prompted by this year of 2014 when we remember the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. We also remember other anniversaries – twenty years since the genocide in Rwanda, twenty years since the first democratic elections in the Republic of South Africa, thirty years since the Brighton bombing committed by the IRA.

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Remembering Well: the role of forgiveness in remembrance

Lesley Bilinda

Abstract

It is twenty years since the horrendous genocide in Rwanda. This article reflects on the nature of forgiveness by a person who experienced terrible personal tragedy as her husband was killed in the genocide. Lesley reflects on what it means for her to remember well and to remember rightly. She reflects on what it means now to practice forgiveness and draws on the gospels for some helpful and potentially surprising insights. She concludes by affirming that we can find healing and wholeness through our participation in the dis-membering and re-membering of the eucharist.

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Remembering: a narrative with different characters

Lesley Carroll

Abstract

I recently attended a conference at which a speaker from Romania posed this question: How do we transmit the memory of atrocities, victimhood dictatorship, to people who have already heard that story, only with different characters? In this article I take remembering in Northern Ireland as a story with different characters. A shared narrative to transmit the memory of what happened over thirty years of Northern Irelands Troubles remains to be told by and for the whole society. The purpose of a shared narrative is to contribute to a number of mechanisms that direct society to a future in which what happened in the past will never happen again. By a shared narrative I mean one that reflects the different characters and experiences, from different local experiences to different individual and community experiences. An agreed narrative is not possible at this time and perhaps that should never be the ambition for it would obscure the many characters within the one narrative. The kind of narrative that is shared may be defined as a ‘composite’ narrative that tells about individuals within the broader context of what was happening across Northern Ireland. It is important that remembering is understood to be narrative and not event, composite and not obscuring the characters involved. I will reflect on visits to Yad Vashem and the Kigali Memorial Centre as place where narrative was evoked about how to remember well for a better future where there has been conflict. I will share some of that challenges to remembering together in Northern Ireland and I will look to the Passover Seder and Lord’s Supper for wisdom. I will conclude with some challenges to remembering as a contributor to peacemaking but without betrayal.

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Interview with Jo Berry, 6 May 2014

Abstract

In the following interview, Jo Berry remembers and reflects on the Brighton bombing which killed her father, Sir Anthony Berry thirty years ago in 1984. She describes her first meeting with one of the bombers, Pat Magee, her growing and unexpected friendship with him and her journey into healing and forgiveness. She elaborates how her understanding of forgiveness has changed and become more nuanced over the years. She also offers reflections on what justice means for her.

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Faith and Patriotism: Some Snapshots and Reflections on 1914 and Beyond

Rt Rev Christopher Hill

Abstract

This article offers some fascinating ‘snapshots’ into theological activity and awareness between British and German theologians just prior to WW1, between the wars and post WW2. He helpfully surveys the differences between German and English understandings of the Church-Struggle or Kirchenkampf and some of its struggles which we might now name as too much identification with the prevailing culture and not enough critical distance. He considers how public opinion was divided in the 1930s the role of significant Anglican leaders in and post WW2. He concludes with reflections on Luther’s two ‘regiments’, the essential spiritual domain of the Church and the temporal, political power of the State and with Harnack’s understanding of the church with thoughts on implications for how we relate to church and state today.

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Book Reviews Part 1

Reviews include:

Voke, C. (2013). Prayers of Great Traditions: A Daily Office. London: Bloomsbury; Oden, T. C. (2012-2014). John Wesley’s Teachings (4 Volumes). Grand Rapids: Zondervan; Cottrell, S., Croft, S., Atwell, R., Gooder, P. (2014). Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey. London: Church House Publishing; Briones, D. E. (2013). Paul’s Financial Policy: A Socio-Theological Approach. London: Bloomsbury; Brueggemann, W. (2014). Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Bryan, C. (2014). Listening to the Bible: The Art of Faithful Biblical Interpretation. Oxford: Oxford University Press; Carson, D. ed., (2013). The Scriptures Testify About Me: Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament. Downers Grove: Inter-Varsity Press; Clines, D. (2011). Word Biblical Commentary 18B: Job 38-42. Waco: Word; Moyise, S. (2013). T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies: Introduction to Biblical Studies (3rd edition). London: Bloomsbury; Scott Spencer, F. (2012). Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke’s Gospel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Swain, S. R. (2011). Trinity, Revelation and Reading: A Theological Introduction to the Bible and its Interpretation. London: T&T Clark; Walton, J.H. (2012). The NIV Application Commentary: Job. Grand Rapids: Zondervan; Wright, T. ( 2014). Finding God in the Psalms. Sing, pray, live. London: SPCK.

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Book Reviews Part 2

Reviews include:

Barrett, M. and Caneday, A. eds. (2013). Four views on the Historical Adam. Grand Rapids: Zondervan; Chatterjee, P. (2014). The Living Icon in Byzantium and Italy: The Vita Image, Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Harvey, L. (2014). A Brief Theology of Sport. London: SCM; Ryken, P. (2013). Kingdom Come: Looking Forward to Jesus’ Return. Downers Grove: IVP; Watson N. J. and Parker, A. (2014). Sport and the Christian Religion: A Systematic Review of Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Billings, A. (2014). The Dove, the Fig Leaf and the Sword: Why Christianity changes its mind about war. London: SPCK; Chester, T. (2014). You Can Pray. Downers Grove: IVP; DeYoung, K. (2013). Busy: A [Mercifully] Short Book About a [Really] Big Problem. Downers Grove: IVP; Overdorf, D. (2013). One Year to Better Preaching: 52 Exercises to Hone your Skills. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic; Mathewson, S.D. (2013). Preaching the Four Gospels with Confidence and Preaching the Hard Words of Jesus. MA: Peabody; Torrance, D. W. and Stein, J. eds. (2012). Embracing Truth: Homosexuality and the Word of God. St Andrews: Handsel Press; Tripp P. D. (2013). Sex and Money: empty pleasures, satisfying grace. Downers Grove: IVP.

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