The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for a New Creation in Africa

Emmanuel Katongole

Orbis Books, 2017

What does it mean for Christians in Africa to receive the gift and invita­tion of reconciliation in the midst of the stubborn realities of war, poverty, and violence? Here, Emmanuel Katongole outlines a theological vision of reconciliation as God’s journey with creation—both gift and mission. He then explores the ecclesiological dimension of reconciliation and provides different por­traits on why and how the church matters for reconciliation in Africa.

Finally, he draws on stories of peace activists in Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda to illuminate the spiritual and practical disciplines that sustain those who labor for reconciliation.


"Emmanuel Katongole is one of the most incisive and accessible African theologians writing today. In these inspiring essays, he demonstrates how the "new creation" initiated by God’s love is taking root in the most difficult of circumstances." –

"The message of reconciliation only becomes concrete when we are able to follow its unfolding in the concrete stories of those who work for healing and justice. Emmanuel Katongole has done us all an immense service by tracing what reconciliation will mean in the midst of the struggles in Eastern Africa today. A must-read for anyone who engages in the work of social reconciliation in our conflicted world." –