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Larry Gaughan

Spiritual Journeys in a Material World: Thoughts about Spirituality for Divorce Professionals

(7/20/18)Larry Gaughan

This article discusses the spiritual struggle that many of our clients are facing and our role to support them and understand their concerns as they go through divorces and other difficult conflicts.

Peter Adler

Lessons from the Iroquois

(7/10/18)Peter Adler

In our mediation efforts, once we are in the realm of “public policy,” we are inevitably poking our noses into questions of intergenerational equity and “governance” and how authentic collaboration can be achieved or improved.

Laurie Israel

Does Your Practice Include Church and Synagogue Mediation?

(4/20/18)Laurie Israel

Within the church or synagogue setting, mediation can be very useful if individuals or groups are having disputes or differences of opinion.

Jason Dykstra

Spirituality of Conflict Transformation

(2/22/18)Jason Dykstra

Over the years, I have sensed a profound need for the development of a spirituality of conflict transformation within the peacebuilding community generally and within the Mennonite peacebuilding community specifically.

Lester L. Adams

The Four Questions Of Anger

(12/15/17)Lester L. Adams

If we are to ever have greater success at resolving our disagreements with each other, we have to deal with the destructive anger that causes us to start disagreements, fuels the flames of opposition, and keeps us fighting each other even when we have a way out of conflict.

Denisha Shah

Ten Reasons Why Mediation Creates a Holistic Approach in Generating More Love & Compassion in Family Conflicts

(9/29/17)Denisha Shah

The article is about general foundations and principles of family conflicts in relationship to mediation focus. The overall article is a summary study in 10 steps for family conflicts through mediation process.

Shirli Kirschner

ADR and Religion

(9/08/17)Shirli Kirschner

What is the relevance of religion to ADR? This question is very different to considering the relevance of ADR to religion.

Todd Jarvis

Spirit of Dialogue - Book Review

(9/06/17)Todd Jarvis, Aaron Wolf

This is a book review by Todd Jarvis of The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict by Aaron Wolf.

Gregg Relyea

Mediating in the Shadow of Faith: Personal Beliefs, The BATNA Analysis, and Dealmaking

(4/21/17)Gregg Relyea

This is a fictional story based on fact, teaching an example about mediation.

Uma Ramanathan

Thought Synergy Trajectory in Conflict Management

(3/10/17)Uma Ramanathan

"Between the Fact and Non-Fact is the Conflict," this statement is so blatantly simple that one wonders why we have not been able to dwell on this and recognize that this pulsating split second wonder can have appalling or astounding consequences.

Joshua Neuder

Embracing Imperfection: One Aspect of Eastern Philosophy that Strengthens the Mediator

(11/04/16)Joshua Neuder

As mediators, it is important that we present as professional and competent in our relational expertise with parties.

Jan Frankel Schau

What does Faith have to do with Mediation?

(10/14/16)Jan Frankel Schau

During the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish people declare that “The Book of Life” is still open.

Claudia Maffettone

Principles and Practices of Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam. The Case of Morocco.

(8/19/16)Claudia Maffettone

In this article I will offer a panoramic view on the concept of peace in Islam and on Islamic conflict resolution principles and practices. Albeit the overwhelming negative narratives on Islam, this religion and tradition is rooted in an articulate philosophy of peace, justice, reciprocity, and community.

Jason Dykstra

Practicing Forgiveness, Holding Boundaries

(7/29/16)Jason Dykstra

Several months ago, a friend asked me how one goes about practicing forgiveness with respect to someone who persists in crossing relational boundaries, making unkind remarks, refusing to take responsibility for his/her behaviour, etc.

John Paul Lederach

Convincing Violent Groups to be Non-Violent - Video

(7/22/16)John Paul Lederach

John Paul Lederach describes discussing alternatives to violent conflict with groups who felt powerless and that violence was their only avenue of action. One method he uses is to ask them what violence has achieved historically.

Jason Dykstra

Carrying the Pain: A Mediator's Journey

(6/06/16)Jason Dykstra

I tried to figure out an answer for the client. Then went home and withdrew into myself.

David Steiner

A Rabbi-Mediator's Meditations on The Binding of Isaac

(2/19/16)David Steiner

This article is based on a sermon that grapples with the difference between law and morality by examining the purpose of the recitation on Rosh Hashanah of the story of the Binding of Isaac. The author’s objective is to explain why we need a place for mediation beside the justice distributed in the legal system.

Jan Schau

Shining a Light on the Quiet Revolution of Mediation

(12/04/15)Jan Schau

Behind closed doors, the workplace is changing for the better each day with mediation as it’s catalyst.

John Lande

How Can We Help in Major Social Conflicts, If At All?

(11/13/15)John Lande

I have gotten emails from dispute resolution colleagues asking what we, in Missouri’s dispute resolution center, might do (or might have done) to help manage the conflict at our university more constructively.

Andrea Schneider

Our Peacebuilding Pope

(10/02/15)Andrea Schneider

The Pope, a rabbi and an imam…sounds like the beginning of a very funny joke but last week was a reality. elliot pope As you likely know, last Friday the Pope hosted an interfaith prayer gathering at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. This was trailblazing and I’ve linked to the video here for those you who have not yet seen it.

Andrea Schneider

Sacred DR Story–The Wise Woman of Abel of Beth-maacah

(8/14/15)Andrea Schneider

There’s a sacred ADR story in the Second Book of Samuel, which relates how the negotiating skills of a “wise woman” saved her city of Abel of Beth-maacah. 2 Samuel 20: 1-22*. A man named Sheba son of Bichri tried to incite a rebellion among the people of Israel against King David and the people of Judah.

Meredith Richardson

Outwitting Cognitive Dissonance

(5/22/15)Meredith Richardson

We like to believe that we are rational beings who make rational decisions. Sometimes, we are. And sometimes, we are not.

Uma Ramanathan

Torch Bearers in Mediation

(4/24/15)Uma Ramanathan

Goals, predictions, vision statement. Frame it in any manner, what stakeholders are looking for is the fulfilment of the promise of mediation.

Ricardo Padilla

(Instrumental) Reconciliation Without (authentic) Forgiveness (and Social Justice): A Recurrent Paradox in Political Conflicts

(4/24/15)Ricardo Padilla

After a conflict between communities or nations has been led to an ending phase, political reconciliation requires that both parties be brought closer to the point they may have respect for each other’s rights and can live peacefully together. When the conflict passed through war or mass atrocity, reconciliation is especially hard to achieve. There are limits to forgiveness that may state significant barriers on the pathway to reconciliation.

John Wade

Negotiation Lessons from the Book (not the Film) of Exodus

(3/06/15)John Wade

The recent film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has sparked some renewed interest in the actual written record of those events.So I share some of the themes which have emerged belatedly for me in this case study extraordinaire. One of the indicators from research of an “expert” modern day negotiator is someone who takes time to reflect systematically on past negotiations and attempts to record lessons from those events.

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