Tomorrow, Thursday 21 June, is the longest day of the year and has been badged as A Day of Quiet Reflection allowing people across Britain and Ireland to reflect individually on past hurts as well as think about how attitudes can be transformed and society can move forward to a peaceful future.
Research suggested that society is not yet ready for specific public events of cross-community remembrance. But the Healing Through Remembering group decided that the time was right to start the process by encouraging individuals to take time to reflect on the past and the future. The day of reflection may end up being marked annually.
While HTR is independent of churches, political parties and governments, many of the local church denominations are encouraging their flocks to take part.
Some organisations have developed materials to facilitate private reflections. I’ll give a plug to Out of the Depths material from the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland (also available as a PDF) which includes a series of biblical reflections that can be used individually or collectively on the 21st or at another time.