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FAQ

There are three ways to register: call our office with a credit card, fill out the form on the relevant brochure and mail it to us with a check, or register here on our website via TicketSpice. A standard service fee will be added for online registrations.

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is not an accredited academic institution; therefore, we do not grant official certification. However, participants who successfully complete the entire five-day session of MSTI are qualified and encouraged to present our Conflict Transformation Skills workshop in their own setting.

LMPC is not an accredited institution and therefore does not issue CEUs; however, we can provide upon request a certificate documenting the number of contact hours earned by those who attend an LMPC event. 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.

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 MSTI provides a firm foundation that the more in-depth Clergy Clinic training then builds upon.

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. If you do not fulfill any of these requirements but believe that you nonetheless have a particularly strong background in Bowen family systems theory, please contact us to see if ACC is appropriate for you.

Yes! Please call LMPC at 630-627-0507 or email LMPC at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org and speak with a staff member about the needs of your church or organization. The single-day workshops listed on the Scheduled Events page can be made available to your group. Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders is also available to judicatories and other groups.

Yes! We have a book and video library for you to use, as well as books available for purchase (see Recommended Reading under the Resources tab). 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.

Thanks for asking! Here are a few ideas: Order materials from the LMPC office — such as Agreeing and Disagreeing in Love, an extremely popular pamphlet — and make them available to friends and colleagues.  Download and distribute copies of our brochures to those who you believe might benefit from attending one of our workshops. Post an ad for an LMPC event in your church newsletter or on your denominational website. Or it can be something as simple as recommending an LMPC event; in fact, word-of-mouth endorsements are probably our most effective form of advertising. Whatever you choose to do, thanks so much for supporting the mission and programs of LMPC!

This year we are excited to introduce the LMPC Peace Fund, which provides partial scholarships to those who otherwise would be unable to afford the tuition for MSTI. You can donate by check or credit card.  If you wish to donate by check, make 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.  We will earmark those funds for the LMPC Peace Fund, unless you specify otherwise in the memo line. To donate by credit card, you can make a safe and secure donation on our website, via PayPal under the Donate tab.  Also, some of our donors have included LMPC in their foundation giving or estate planning. Thank you for your generosity and your commitment to peace-building!

Glossary

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.