4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
This training explores the psychology of group conflict as expressed through actions, a conflict escalation model, and the human effects of prolonged congregational conflict. This highly interactive workshop will use the participants’ experiences and knowledge to create strategies for their own faith communities.
The workshop is intentionally designed to be non-sectarian and to be effective across the spectrum of faith expressions. The dynamics of conflict are much the same and the same threads of human needs flow through all of them, whether the conflict is between Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists, and even if it is between different religions. The dynamics of conflict in faith communities are in many ways similar to those in other organizations, but with added dimensions of community and deep connections as a norm. It is the added dimensions that open the door to not just settlement, but the renewal of relationships through forgiveness and reconciliation. If this is not reached, the conflict is not resolved and will resurrect itself.
This training can be enjoyed by mediators and non-mediators who desire to work with conflicts within faith communities across the belief spectrum. This includes mediators, counselors, therapists, ministers, faith community members and leaders, and so on.
Dr. Darrell Puls is a certified mediator and Founding President of a highly successful community dispute resolution center where he has trained hundreds of community mediators. He is also the founder of Peacebridge Ministries, a non-profit that works directly with faith communities experiencing internal conflict anywhere in North America. Darrell studied the South African truth and reconciliation process in South Africa in 2004, and from that experience researched his first award-winning book, The Road Home: A Guided Journey to Church Forgiveness and Reconciliation (Cascade Books 2013).