“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9 Back in the 1960s, the psychologist Abraham Maslow famously wrote, “If the only tool you […]
In my last post, I referenced a poem by Joy Harjo in which she likens conflict resolution to the performing and literary arts. Lest you think Harjo—or I, for that […]
The New Year is often a time of turning pages in life, between reflecting on past chapters and finding meaning to guide writing the next. As Christians, we seek guidance […]
I recently attended a remote one-hour workshop on Facilitated Dialogue led by Rachel Viscomi from the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. One piece of guidance she shared was that […]
A few years ago, my daughter gave me a book of poetry called Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. The book was written by Joy Harjo, who at that time was […]
Last week Tammy Martens wrote about the use of family diagrams as a tool for analyzing family emotional systems, “for observing the family as it adapts to life”. There is […]
I started attending Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process in 2012 led by staff at the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. As a participant, I learned about Murray Bowen’s Family […]
This one-day workshop introduces church leaders to the key concepts of circle processes and ways in which circles can be used within their congregations. Restorative conversations are useful when working through difficult or polarizing topics, processing shared painful experiences, building community, and dealing with certain levels of conflict in the church setting. The workshop covers the historical roots, biblical foundations, and core values and beliefs of restorative conversations. In addition, the key elements of circle processes will be demonstrated for participants by engaging in circle processes during the workshop. The workshop will benefit all levels of leadership including pastors, lay leaders, youth leaders, and Sunday school teachers. Limit of 20 participants per session.
After five years, the pilgrimage through the Holy Lands led by Richard Blackburn will be open again! This pilgrimage will include:
When a church goes through a transition of leadership, often times anxiety is felt
among staff and the whole of the congregation. An anxious church is limited in
promoting the work of the Gospel. If you and your church find yourself in the midst
of a pastoral transition, consider hiring the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center for
this two-hour workshop to help you navigate this transition well. Click here to find out more!
We have a number of events from which to choose, both single-day and multi-day, both in-person and online. Make plans now to attend traditional favorites like Conflict Transformation Skills, Healthy Congregations, Mediation Skills Training Institute, Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process , and/or Advanced Clergy Clinic. We are also pleased to introduce Restorative Conversations, a new one-day workshop led by Dr. Devon Miller, Associate Director of LMPC. Multiple sessions of each workshop are available. Please consult this preliminary LMPC 2023 Calendar for events and dates.