CER Conflict Transformation Resources
Conflict is natural and exists in each and every congregation. It offers opportunities for growth and change. The goal for congregations is to develop a keen awareness of conflict so that it can be diffused before it blows up into a major crisis. Congregations often miss the cues, and ignore the patterns of behavior that lead to conflict that escalates into crisis level.
Congregational Conflict Transformation begins with knowing when—and who—to ask for help. From there, commitment through covenant can begin to restore community as the work of conflict transformation begins. Your Congregational Life staff is ready to support you.
Unacknowledged “differences” often create, or perpetuate conflict. Your regional staff is here to help congregations identify the ways that power, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other dynamics move and have effects on conflict.
Knowing that there is no “one size fits all” approach, we gather information, look at congregational patterns, and try to get to the heart of the story. From there we integrate the themes of forgiveness, reconciliation, and restorative justice and offer a pathway through covenant that can support the transformation of conflict into something that is accessible that the entire congregation can benefit from. We include a focus on building or re-building community.
We look at patterns of behavior including oppressive behavior, which is sometimes invisible. Another focal point is community. And then, there is communication.
Aside from having those who are well versed in conflict transformation we also have specialists with specific areas of expertise who we bring in, within and beyond the region. Please don’t hesitate to reach out whenever the need arises. In the meantime, take a look at this site and you’ll find below some rich resources that might be helpful to you as you embark on the journey of conflict transformation. There are a few others below that might be helpful.
- Conflict Transformation Page from Racial Equality Tools
- List of Books and articles about Conflict Transformation from Questia
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People about Racism from The Good Men Project
- 16 Books About Race That Every White Person Should Read from Huffington Post.
- Training and Education Resources from Racial Equity Tools
- Black Lives UU First Teach In Resources
- Reading List from Border Crossers