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Open Friendship in a Closed SocietyMission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship$
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Peter Slade

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372625

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372625.001.0001

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Reconciliation 101: Opening Friendship

Reconciliation 101: Opening Friendship

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Open Friendship in a Closed Society

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In the fifth chapter, the voice of the theologian Miroslav Volf joins the conversation. His influential work on reconciliation, Exclusion and Embrace, emerging from his reflections on the conflict in his native Croatia, shows the importance of open friendship at the heart of the process of reconciliation. His model of reconciliation as embrace provides a template to consider the experience of Christians seeking reconciliation through involvement in Mission Mississippi's programs. This leads back to the question of how activities focused on individual relationship building might lead to changing Mississippi. Dolphus Weary and other African American leaders believe they can. The chapter examines Mission Mississippi's church partnerships and two cases of African American entrepreneurs' working for economic development in Jackson.

Keywords:   Volf, embrace, friendship, reconciliation, Mississippi, African American, economic development, Jackson, church

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