"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.
While the rewards are great, working as a mediator can be very challenging. We are called upon to help people navigate some of life’s most difficult problems. I sometimes think: If I could seek guidance from any wise person, past or present, who would it be?
This article outlines what uninvolved church leaders could do: encourage mediation in churches.
(12/23/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian
"If you want to make peace with your enemy then work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." ~ Nelson Mandela
When we think holidays, we think magical time of year for children.
(10/26/18)Michelle Brenner, Julie Brams
It does seem, as we move comfortably into the 21st century, that the earth and the inhabitants within are in constant process of adaption.
This article covers Restoring Community Day held in 2017, including plans for the upcoming Community Day to be held in October 2018.
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.
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.
Within the church or synagogue setting, mediation can be very useful if individuals or groups are having disputes or differences of opinion.
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.
(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.
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.
What is the relevance of religion to ADR? This question is very different to considering the relevance of ADR to religion.
(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.
This is a fictional story based on fact, teaching an example about mediation.
As mediators, it is important that we present as professional and competent in our relational expertise with parties.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
I tried to figure out an answer for the client. Then went home and withdrew into myself.
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.
Behind closed doors, the workplace is changing for the better each day with mediation as it’s catalyst.
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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.