Given that we really do affirm and promote . . .
. . . how do we put these affirmations into practice in our interactions with one another?
We can’t live without it, but it sure can be difficult to live with it!
Change generates uncertainty, fear, conflict — and excitement, energy, and growth. When we’re in right relationship with one another and can welcome conflict as a natural part of healthy congregational life, we can contend with change. If we lack information or skills for engaging constructively in conflict, or if we don’t have a foundation of right relationships, change can tear us apart.
What typically generates congregational conflict?
What do you do if you’re contending with conflict, or want to head it off?
What, there are levels to conflict? Learn how to identify types of conflict and how to work through them constructively.Learn how to avoid triangulation and to practice non-anxious leadership as keys to good conflict management.
Learn how to create behavior covenants and why they can help your congregation thrive.Discuss the strengths of vision- and mission-oriented planning and how to plan with conflict in mind.
What makes a congregation tick?How does systems theory help us understand the intricacies of congregational life?How can it help us create right relationships?
Create opportunities for people to experience what they join your congregation for in the first place.These are better than committees, more powerful than a potluck!Conflict Engagement/Right Relations Consulting Team
The Prairie Star District CERR Consulting Team was available to help congregations prepare for healthy conflict and create structures to promote right relationships.
Members of the team tailored programs to fit your needs, with local and regional workshops or individual congregational consultation.
Rev. Brian Eslinger
Rev. Phillip Lund
Team members were trained to work with conflict and right relations, and are experienced in:
ministry, religious education, leadership development, mediation, conflict management, and implementing right relations.
Consultations in conflict and right relations traning thanks to a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Funding Panel and funding by Prairie Star and five other UUA Districts.