The Southeast District recently sponsored a training event to introduce church leaders to techniques for resolving conflicts in a healthy manner.
Stephanie Hixon, Co-Executive Director of the JustPeace Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation, led a workshop at the United Methodist Church of Washington on Saturday, October 27th. Participants discovered the varieties of ways that individuals approach conflict and the effect that has on groups dealing with disagreements. The day included table discussions, group activities, and case studies to supplement the presentations from the speaker.
The mission of JustPeace “is to prepare and assist United Methodists to engage conflict constructively in ways that strive for justice, reconciliation, resource preservation and restoration of community in the church and in the world.” The organization, based out of Washington, D. C., also publishes resources, facilitates mediations, and develops networks of practitioners of the art of conflict transformation.
About 60 people registered at the event from the Southeast District and surrounding areas of eastern Iowa. Additional print resources are available from the training for interested persons. The district used apportionment funds from local churches across the state to cover the costs of the training.