Voices of Reconciliation
On the front line

Bishop David Chillingworth is known to many of us as the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, but some people may not know that he is Irish and served for many years as a priest in a parish that became symbolic of the fault line between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland.

Since 2009 he has chaired the Reference Group of Continuing Indaba. He was a natural choice because of his years of experience of living reconciliation. I asked Bishop David to reflect on his experience in Portadown, the significance of symbols and the challenge to reconciliation when one side fears losing power. We then looked at an iconic picture of Nelson Mandela wearing a Springbok rugby jersey as he presented the Rugby World Cup to Francois  Pinaar in 1995 – literally putting on the clothing of the former oppressor.

You can read more about the significance of the 1995 world cup here