- October 31, 2020
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Disagreements and discord abound in our relationships and churches. Learn practical skills to have conversations about difficult topics with people with whom you disagree. Explore and understand your own conflict style, how it impacts your personal relationships, and how your style of conflict interacts with other styles.
We will discuss Biblical principles of conflict. As believers, we should be constantly striving to be in healthy relationships with each other and within our churches. Continual learning is the first positive step in that direction. What does a safe and brave space look like for difficult conversations? How can you help create that space in your church and community?
Jim and Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz will bring ample examples and stories from their many years of involvement with conflict transformation, restorative justice, trauma healing, and abuse in the church. Lorraine worked for 30 years at Mennonite Central Committee with Restorative Justice initiatives; she currently works in foster care with COBYS. Jim has served in pastoral and church-related ministries and teaches Bible at Lancaster Mennonite High School. They recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
CEUs are available for pastors from the following denominational bodies:
- Donegal Presbytery
- Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church
- Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ
- Southern PA District of the Church of the Brethren