Our name is inspired by the following passage in St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians:
Brothers and sisters:
Whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
The old things have passed away;
Behold, new things have come.
And all this is from God,
Who has reconciled us to himself through Christ
And given us the ministry of reconciliation,
Namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
Not counting their trespasses against them
And entrusting to us, the message of reconciliation.
So we are ambassadors for Christ,
As if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
Be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
So that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
– 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Reconcile New Orleans
As our name and our mission suggest, Reconcile New Orleans, Inc. is founded on the premise that the power of reconciliation can help us overcome poverty, prejudice, and fear, both within ourselves and in the larger community. Our faith-based organization ministers to youth in New Orleans. We work closely with local leaders from all backgrounds, providing young men and women with a voice about issues they are facing, and preparing them for the future with sustainable life skills. We believe that breaking down barriers of race, culture, and religion can lead to systemic change, creating a model of renewal supported by social, spiritual, and economic enrichment.