1. When did you first become aware of the tragedy of residential schools? What are your thoughts in relation to this issue? Why does this issue still cause so much controversy in our culture today?
2. Read 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 again. What strikes you about this passage? Why is it so important to ground our calling to be “agents of reconciliation” in the resurrection of Jesus? What does it mean for followers of Jesus to be “new creations”?
3. Why has the church over the centuries so often failed to live out this calling to be ambassadors of reconciliation? Think in terms of some of the key points I mentioned last Sunday (i.e. facing tough issues, speaking words of reconciliation, doing the RIGHTeous thing).
4. Think beyond the issue of residential schools. Where is your life most in need of reconciliation? Where is God calling you to be an agent of reconciliation (i.e. in your school, at work, in your family, etc.)?
5. In closing, pray this old hymn together:
Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me bring your love
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
And where there is doubt true faith in You
Make ma a channel of your peace
Where there is despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness only light
And where there's sadness ever joy