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CER Conflict Transformation Resources
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.

Yours, HOPE

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About the Author

  • Hope Johnson will serve as Congregational Life Consultant for the UUA's Central East Region and the Southern Region. She brings specialties in conflict resolution and multicultural congregational development. She is the former minister of UU Congregation of Central Nassau, NY,...

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