Showing posts from June, 2014

"Stages" for understanding Conflict

The following five stages for discerning conflict are explained in detail here: Conflict, in general, builds through five stages - Discomfort , Incident , Misunderstanding , Tension and Crisis , although it can begin at any one of the first three stages. The earlier a conflict is identified and deal t with, the easier it is to resolve This is the html version of the file  ( Google automatically generates html versions of documents as we crawl the web. )  Conflict Resolution & Understanding Conflict  Understanding Conflict     Conflict is all around us.  It is not something that we can choose to have or not have.  It just is.     It may center on something as seemingly trivial as who leaves their dirty cups in the sink, where to go eat lunch, or whether or not to buy that new piece of stereo equipment.     Or it may be more complex, such as whether we should invest in stock or bonds,  or w

Cultural Fluency & Conflict Literacy

I learned more about Michelle LeBaron today. She has insightful ideas about the need to understand the depth of cultural issues that shape conflicts among persons. I could share more, but these links provide great summary details for your learning. Summary of Bridging Cultural Conflicts: A New Approach for a Changing World with summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium - Citation: LeBaron, Michelle, 2003,Bridging Cultural Conflicts: A New Approach for a Changing World, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA. Summary of LeBaron, Michelle.”Culture and Conflict.” Beyond Intractability. Eds- Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess. Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, Boulder. Posted: July 2003 Toward eupan  ~ ~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Faith Based Conflict Transformation

When people are engaged in projects, there is potential for conflict. The United Methodist Church has been working to insure that congregations are places of peace, even while they recognize that conflict may take place within congregations. Toward that end,  reflects the intentional efforts of the United Methodist Church to provide resources and tools for faith communities toward the transformation of conflict to peace. Great resource links at the JustPeaceUMC blog and at the JustPeaceUMC resources page ! Toward eupan ~ ~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Convene for Peace

"The biggest dis-service we do to peacemaking is to make it an abstraction.  When we say things like, 'This is what the Bible says about peace," or 'This is what the Koran says about peace" we deal with abstractions. Our issues need to be, how do we actually negotiate peace-making?"  - not an exact quote, but captured as quoted idea from Najeeba Sayeed-Miller.   (At DUKE Divinity Center for Reconciliation Summer Institute 2014) Learning more about Elise Boulding in these days - and my life is better as a result.   More here on Elise . Leonard Fein has pointed out that the number one power in peacemaking is the power to convene.  More works by Leonard Fein here. Toward eupan ~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

The Practice of Peace - Making Peace Possible

I've been thinking recently about the term "practitioner." The term is used for persons who have developed an expertise, as for Medical Doctors who are Medical practitioners. And yet, the term is also used among Eastern Religions/Culture for persons who engage in certain practices as a routine in their life, for example, persons who are practitioners of yoga. We don't commonly use the term "practitioner" for persons who are practicing for a sport (baseball, football, basketball, tennis, etc), though it is certainly true that persons practice the sport in order to develop their skill to perform on the playing field/court. This week I'm spending some time with Rick Love and getting to know Peace Catalyst International while I'm at DUKE University's Center for Reconciliation . For many years now I've used the label for myself as a Peacemaker.  I like the term and think it is important for many reasons.  We work to make peace. I won