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Introduction 1 I How the Study was Carried Out 3 A. Local self-studies 4 B. Interdisciplinary work 4 C. Integration 5 II. Situations of Conflict 5 A. A mission of reconciliation and unity 5 B. Local self-studies 6 C. Signs of hope 12 D. Common features found in these studies 13 V. Perceptions from the Social Sciences 14 A. Human identity and community 14 B. The contribution of the social sciences 14 C. Tools for analysis 15 D. Reasons for conflict 25 E. Offering a positive response: possible roles 29 for the churches V. Biblical Perspectives 32 A. Methods and commitments 32 B. The use and misuse of biblical texts 33 C. The impartiality of God 35 D. Diversity in unity 37 E. A ministry of reconciliation 39 VI. Theological Perceptions 40 A. Baptism and eucharist 41 B. The ministry of reconciliation and healing 44 C. Christian unity and inter-confessional dialogue 54 D. Inter-religious dialogue 56 VII. Participating in God's Mission 59