Source: (2005) Asia Journal of Theology. 19(2): 412-430.

context. I have spent the years since 1989 partly in Africa, where the end of apartheid in South Africa and the advent of multi-party democracy in many formerly one-party states raise major issues of reconciliation at both personal and communal levels, and partly in Europe where the West's polarisation with the Arab world has unleashed division and conflict to which no lasting solution has yet been found. Both the African and the European contexts have moved the issue of reconciliation ever higher on my contextual theological agenda. Since 1998 my work has involved a growing familiarity with the Asian context also, with visits to different parts of Asia and many opportunities to talk with Asian church leaders." August 2004 brought a first opportunity to engage in depth with Asian communities specifically on the issue of reconciliation. Through the partnership of the Church of Christ in Thailand and the Church of Scotland, I was invited to give a series of seminars under the title 'The Church as the Servant of Society: Contributing to National Reconciliation" from 7 to 23 August 2004.'^ Delegates to the seminars came from throughout the Mekong Sub-Region: Burman/Myanmar, Thailand, south China, Laos and Cambodia. This article attempts to summarise the perspectives which I brought from experience elsewhere and ways in which these were challenged, adjusted and developed through the interaction in the seminars. (excerpt)