Church congregations are not immune to conflict. Beth Padgett and Alexandria Skinner would argue that conflict is a sign of an active, engaged, and vital congregation. The question is not whether religious communities will have conflict, but how they will respond to it when it happens. Beth and Alexandria will discuss patterns of church conflict, as well as how mediators can invite clergy, staff, and members into trans-formative conversations where firmly held beliefs are part of the conflict and its transformation.
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People of faith have an extra resource to guide them successfully through conflict, if they choose to take advantage of it. For Christians, applying biblical principles – love, forgiveness, the “Golden Rule” – can turn a frustrating conflict into a satisfying resolution, and can make the difference between an uneasy truce and a reconciled relationship. The speaker, a lawyer-mediator, has been helping Christians resolve disputes outside of court for three decades and will describe how Christian peacemaking really works. Read, Listen, Share »
Churches and their congregational members are not immune to conflict and the collateral damage that can be caused from unresolved “heart” issues which can grow into monsters. In this episode, Dale Pyne, CEO of Peacemaker Ministries discusses how mediation is often the “triage” or emergency room to dealing with conflict. Dale will identify the guiding Biblical principles and steps to address these types of issues. Join us as we learn how Peacemaker Ministries’ mission is to equip and assist Christians and their churches to understand, prevent and respond to conflict biblically.
What happens when deep differences in theology, politics or identity turn into divisions in communities of faith? What initiates and fuels division? What conversations can build connection and care in the midst of profound differences? This evening we will discuss rebuilding relationships by enhancing conversation with lessons and tips from the Reflective Structured Dialogue approach of the Public Conversations Project. PCP has been working successfully with deeply divided communities of faith at local, national and international levels for the past 20 years.
Churches are not immune to change and the conflict that comes with it. In this program, Joey Cope identifies the anxious people who will surface in times of controversy and will provide helpful strategies and techniques to bring resolution.
Please join us for our Diversity, Race and Conflict Series to hear Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, and of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.
The Diversity, Race and Conflict show series for June is brought to you in partnership with the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) in Maryland, and with great appreciation to Lou Gieszl and Cheryl Jamison for their dedication and passion to this topic.
Often times religion has been cited as a cause of violence. More and more scholars are exploring religion’s potential for peace. In her new book, Civil Society in Malerkotla, Punjab: Fostering Resilience through Religion,Bhangoo looks at a diverse religious community in Northern Punjab that became legendary for it’s commitment to peace under the threat of violence.