Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today issued a proclamation declaring “A Week of Reconciliation,” and issued the following statement:

“As we bring in a new holiday season with those we hold dear, let us be ever-mindful of the qualities and ideals that bind us together and not let differences turn us bitter towards one another.

“Perhaps now more than ever, I am reminded of the words of Abraham Lincoln: ‘With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds…’

“It is my sincere hope that Kansans find the peace that forgiveness and reconciliation offers, allowing us to go forward with a renewed hope and excitement for the future.”

Both an audio clip about reconciliation and a copy of the proclamation are available.