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    Developing Conflict Healthy Congregations

Webinar Series for pastors and members! No pre-registration. No fee.

Recordings:

Part I: Understanding Patterns of Congregational Conflict, February 16 and 18, 2010

This workshop/webinar is the first in a three part series exploring congregational conflict. Congregations like other organizations experience conflict regularly. This conflict can be productive, spurring creativity and growth or destructive leading to polarization and paralysis. The first tool in making conflict more productive is analysis-developing the capacity to understand the sources of conflict so that destructive patterns can be identified and transformed.

 

 
 
Part II: Strategies for Responding to Congregational Conflict, March 8 and 11, 2010
 
This workshop/webinar is the second in a three part series exploring congregational conflict.  How do we bring our “best self” to the table so that we can engage with others in the work of constructive conflict transformation?  This webinar will focus on the skill of resourcefulness. We will learn strategies for clarifying our conflict goals, examine methods for assessing when and how to step into conflict, and identify communication traps that lead to the escalation of conflict rather than towards resolution.
 
 
Part III: Take Charge. Resolve the Conflict, May 5 and 6, 2010
 
This webinar is the third in a three part series exploring congregational conflict.  In this session, we will focus on the problem solving and negotiation skills used to manage differences within the congregational contexts. Dr. Cook-Huffman will center on developing collaborative problem solving skills and engaging in healthy conflict processes.
 
 
 

Celia Cook HuffmanPresenter:

Celia Cook-Huffman, Ph.D is an educator and trainer. She is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College, Associate Director of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Director of Baker Mediation Services. Dr. Cook-Huffman has worked as a consultant and trainer for over 20 years with private and public organizations, including her work with Church of the Brethren Congregations. Her consulting work includes conflict transformation and change management, conflict resolution training, leadership training, assessing gender dynamics in conflict, and mediation.

 

 

 

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Matt Wollam-Berens
(MDiv Connections)

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