Pastoral Mediation : Conflict in the Church

Guest Blog Post by Jesan Sorrells of HSCT on Pastoral Mediation Many of the information and recommendations in the article below have come through the works of Dr. M.K. Hope, Professor of Mediation at Cloverdale College and Director of Peace-Conflict Continue reading Pastoral Mediation : Conflict in the Church

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 2 – Supporting Empowerment

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation - Empowerment

Supporting empowerment is a continuous aim of effective conflict resolution and so forms one of the 6 Underlying Philosophies of Mediation. If a conflict has an imposed ‘solution’ it is unlikely to be sustainable as those directed by the imposed Continue reading Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 2 – Supporting Empowerment

The Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 1 – Ownership

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 1 - Ownership

Summary : Overlooking the essential issue of ‘ownership’ as one of the underlying philosophies of mediation means that a process labelled as ‘mediation’  defaults to an adversarial process more akin to arbitration and other adversarial processes. As a result, mediation Continue reading The Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 1 – Ownership

Ineffective Responses to Conflict: Part 1. The Competitive Approach

The Competitive Approach - one of the ineffective responses to conflict

  In this post and the next one, Ineffective Responses to Conflict: Part 2. Treating Conflict as a Problem to be Avoided, I will describe the two common ways in which we all respond to conflict at different times in such a Continue reading Ineffective Responses to Conflict: Part 1. The Competitive Approach