The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center seeks to proclaim Christ’s good news, the gospel of peace and justice, and to be active in the sacred ministry of reconciliation, wherever and whenever we can.



The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center seeks to proclaim Christ’s good news, the gospel of peace and justice, and to be active in the sacred ministry of reconciliation, wherever and whenever we can.

How do I register for one of your events?
After I attend LMPC’s Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), am I certified as a mediator?

There is no formal certification process for church mediators; thus, graduates of MSTI should not represent themselves as being certified as mediators. Those who do attend MSTI will receive a certificate documenting the 32 hours of mediation training, which can be used to apply for continuing education credits at the institution of your choice.

Can I get Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending one of your events?

LMPC does not issue CEUs; however, we can give a certificate documenting the hours of training completed in the event upon request. Many denominations and judicatories accept this documentation of LMPC training events for continuing education requirements. We encourage you to contact your judicatory or denomination, as well as the institution that would be issuing your CEUs, and inquire about their requirements.

Do I have to first attend Mediation Skills Training Institute before I can attend Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process?
No, that isn’t necessary; basically, each event stands on its own.  Although you can benefit from taking Clergy Clinic without having first taken MSTI, many people find that Clergy Clinic provides very useful follow-up to the training previously received in MSTI.
Do I have to attend Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process to attend Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process?

Yes.  Participants in the Advanced Clergy Clinic must have completed LMPC’s basic Clergy Clinic, attended the Advanced Clergy Clinic in a previous year, or been accepted into the program on the basis of documented background in Bowen family systems theory. Those who have not attended either training program may submit an application form to LMPC, documenting their background in Bowen family systems theory.  Contact LMPC for an application form.

Can LMPC come to my church / organization and present a workshop?

Yes! Call LMPC at 630-627-0507 or email LMPC at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org and speak with Richard Blackburn, Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant, about the needs of your church or organization. The workshops listed on the Training Events page are available to be presented to your group.  Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders is also available to judicatories and other groups.

I am a teacher. Do you have any resources that I can use?
Yes! We have a book and video library for you to use as well as book resources available for purchase. We also offer conflict transformation training for administrators, teachers, and students. We have provided training and consultation for a number of schools to assist in the development of peer mediation programs. You can also contact us at 630-627-0507 or email us at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org for more information.
I would like to help spread the word about LMPC workshops and training events. How can I help?

Call or email the LMPC office and let us know how many brochures you need and when you would like them. If you would like to receive the same amount of brochures on a regular basis, please let us know.  Posting an ad in your church newsletter or on your denominational website is a very effective marketing tool, as are word-of-mouth endorsements.

I would like to support the work of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. How can I make a donation to LMPC?
Thank you for your dedication to peace! You can donate by check or credit card.  If you wish to donate by check, write the check out to “Lombard Mennonite Peace Center,” and mail it to: Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, 101 W. 22nd Street, Suite 206; Lombard, IL  60148.  To donate by credit card, you can make a safe and secure donation on our website, via the PayPal button on the footer.  Also, some of our donors have included LMPC in their foundation giving or estate planning.


Acute Anxiety: Reaction to specific events or issues; fear of what is.

Anxiety: The response of an organism to a threat, real or imagined.

Chronic Anxiety: Reaction to a disturbance in the balance of a relationship system; fear of what might be.

Conflict transformation: Theories and practices of responding to conflict that foster transformation and constructive outcomes.  Conflict transformation views conflict as an opportunity for growth and change, rather than just a problem to be resolved.

Cut-off: The effort to manage the intense fusion through physical or emotion withdrawal from a relationship.

Differentiation: The capacity to be a self while staying in contact with others.

Family systems theory: A theory of human behavior that “views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit.”  This theory, developed by Dr. Murray Bowen, is used to explain how churches function as emotional systems, and to help church leaders respond to anxiety and conflict within systems.

Fusion: The degree to which one’s functioning is dependent upon the support and acceptance (or other response) of others.

Pseudo-Self: Beliefs and principles instantly adopted or modified to enhance one’s connection or image with others or to oppose others.

Reactivity: Automatic, instinctive responsiveness to others driven by emotional process.

Self-Differentiation: People’s capacity to calmly articulate what they think and value, and to act on that basis, while staying in active relationship with those who disagree.

Solid Self: Firmly held beliefs and principles formed slowly and changed only from within self.

Triangle: The smallest stable relationship unit; serves to shift anxiety from relationship to relationship.

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Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

101 W. 22nd Street, Suite 206
Lombard, IL 60148

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