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Five Core Competencies of Conflict Resolution Part Five: Forgive Others

We are social beings built for peace. Every human being inherently longs for harmonious relationship...

Five Core Competencies of Conflict Resolution Part Four: Ask for Forgiveness

Asking for forgiveness is humbling. Who likes to admit they're wrong? But if we want to make things right, we need to do this right. This blog is part four of a series on the five core competencies of conflict resolution: 1) Take Responsibility 2) Lovingly Reprove 3) Accept Reproof 4) Ask for Forgiveness and 5) Forgive others. In this blog we will look at what it means to ask for forgiveness.

Bobby Ghosh: Why Global Jihad is Losing

Today we thought we'd share this TED video from TEDxGeorgetown. TIME magazine editor Bobby Ghosh talks about 'jihad', and says that the global jihad of terror is in its final days. "Bin Laden probably thought 9/11 was his greatest achievement," he says. "In reality, it was the beginning of the end for him. He killed 3,000 innocent people, and that filled the Muslim world with horror revulsion, and what that meant was that his idea of jihad would never become mainstream."

Five Core Competencies of Conflict Resolution Part Three: Accept Reproof

Whenever I teach on peacemaking I ask those at the seminar, “Which aspect of conflict resoluti...

Five Core Competencies of Conflict Resolution Part Two: Lovingly Reprove

This is part two in a series about the five core competencies of conflict resolution. In my last blog I focused on taking responsibility. We are accountable for our part in the conflict, and we take initiative by going to the person privately. But what do we say? This is the second core competency.

Five Core Competencies of Conflict Resolution Part One

We all know the pain of conflict. We have been wounded by words and wounded others with our words. In our hearts we realize that unresolved conflict poisons relationships and multiplies alienation. So we need help. Many people have the will to make peace but not the skill. So in my next number of blogs I want to strengthen readers' will and help with the skills of peacemaking. To do that, we will look at five core competencies of conflict resolution.

Growing Pains, Cultural Diversity & Gifting Fit: Three Challenges for Leaders

There is a fascinating account about wise leadership and conflict resolution in the early church. Acts 6:1-6 describes three kinds of challenges that face leaders continually. The church was growing, cultural diversity was increasing, and old structures were creaking. I'm going to look at this text and address three key questions for us in our leadership roles today.

Don't Get Ambushed: Two Things You Can Do When Sparks Fly on Your Team

Leaders disagree, sparks fly, and teams divide. Been there. Done that. Here are two lessons I have gleaned that can help you keep from being ambushed by conflict.

Shari’a and Homegrown Terrorism

Especially since the 9/11 attacks on US soil, we Americans have struggled to come to terms with the concept of Sharia. One of the (secondary) justifications for our invasion of Afghanistan in the wake of those murderous attacks was to liberate their women from the clutches of this medieval and repressive system. True, the Taliban's legal code forbade women from going to school, working, and wearing anything in public but the traditional village burqa. But our fear of Sharia is not just about women's rights, or even some of the prescribed punishments for theft or adultery that seem barbaric to us. Our real fear, understandably, is terrorism.

Sweet People, Sweet Potatoes: Multi-Faith Friends Do the Dirty Work

Last spring, I had the privilege of facilitating the launch of a group we would later begin calling "Multi-Faith Friends for the Common Good." On March 11, three Jews, four Muslims, and five Christians met in the library at Apex Mosque with two chief goals. One, we wanted to have a go at building genuine, authentic friendship with one another across the obvious cultural and ideological divides, which were perceived to be vast. And two, we wanted to see if, in the context of these new friendships, we could find a way to work together for the good of our community.