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Canadian School of Peacebuilding Research studies verify what experience tells us: the majority of Christian congregations endure internal conflict. At any given time, one fifth of congregations are engaged in serious conflict. Conflict is a fact of congregational life that can be skillfully or awkwardly managed. This course will examine the “firest…orm” of faith-based conflict. We will survey problems that typically lead to conflict, unique dynamics of healthy and unhealthy group interactions that commonly occur, and creative ways of using conflict in faithful, lifebuilding ways. We will use didactic methods, which include personal reflection, academic investigation, case study, and a variety of resource materials.
Location:Canadian Mennonite Unviersity, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
Course taught by Lois Edmund, in collaboration with Congregational Peacebuilding Partners
We don’t have a sub-industry of people who specialize in healing broken congregations, and our intractable issues seem to move differently.
What do you think? What could we use, what do you think would make us stronger, what would make us more divided as a people? How do you handle conflicts and who do you go to when you have one?