Sunday, June 25, 2017

Movie Recommendation: The Journey

I recommend the movie "The Journey" about the leaders of two fierce enemies who, through an unlikely dialogue, create a process of reconciliation. It pits the intractable, hardline Democratic Union Party (United Kingdom) leader, Ian Paisley, against Sinn Fein's (Ireland) politician Martin McGuinness. At a peace conference arranged by the Prime Ministers of the U.K. and Ireland, Paisley and McGuinness are forced to take a short journey together, in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of their history.

It is a testament to the power of staying in the dialogue when there is disagreement. It is a study on how difficult conversations can lead to reconciliation.

In today's polarized society in the church, in Congress, and in politics, this movie is a refreshing film that teaches us not to withdraw from difficult conversations and to firmly believe that reconciliation is achievable.

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