Good Relations Panel
Convener: Rev. Stephen Johnston
Christians are meant to make a difference for God and for good in the society and culture in which they have been placed by the Lord. Jeremiah 29 verse 7 says “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.”
Essentially building good relations is about seeking the peace and prosperity of the cities, towns, and villages where we live. It is about being “salt and light” in the context of our divided society.
As a Reformed Church, PCI believes that it must be more intentional in trying to make a difference and work for a better society for everyone. Rather than withdrawing from society, PCI believes that Christians must penetrate society to the glory of God and this can and must be done in a way that doesn’t compromise core values. By God’s grace these values can be extended to a wider audience.
The Good Relations Panel is about educating and encouraging Christians about the Gospel imperative to be good neighbours and not least what that means in the context of Ireland today.
Mindful of those who carry hurts and scars from past experience, the Panel also seeks to be useful in supporting and encouraging these people.
The Panel believes passionately that building Good Relations is an outworking of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and can make a real difference in our divided communities.
Overview of Peacemaking within PCI
Why Good Relations are important