Around the Web: March 11, 2016

Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!

March 11, 2016

  • Huffington Post: Conflict is Life and Listening is Living – In a homily given on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, Chaplain Brian Konkol reminds us that conflict is an opportunity for transformation. And, in an age of mass communication, we must focus on the quality of communication while practicing the art of listening.

    “Instead of trying to run away from the powerful winds of conflict, the task of a community is to see its conflict not as some sort of shameful social stain, but as a collective opportunity, in order to harness its renewable energy for the sake of creating something more just than that which existed before. “

  • EMU: Global practitioners reflect on impact of Howard Zehr’s ‘Changing Lenses’ in international journal of restorative justice –  For the 25th anniversary of Howard Zehr’s seminal book ‘Changing Lenses,’ Restorative Justice: An International Journal released a special issue featuring essays from RJ scholars around the world reflecting on the book.

    Looking back, Zehr believes that the book’s accessible, non-academic language and broad spiritual appeal were important pieces of its success. In conversations with readers over the years, and as he watched others apply restorative justice principles in schools and in other innovative ways, Zehr also came to realize that the values that Changing Lenses specifically envisioned for a criminal justice system have far broader application.

  • Center for Deployment Psychology: Moral Injury and the Need for Innovative Treatment – Guest columnist Shira Maguen explains moral injury, how it differs from PTSD and the need to expand our understanding of trauma and the treatments available for returning warriors.

    “Events are considered morally injurious if they transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.6 Rather than focusing on fear-based aspects of trauma, moral injury focuses more on the shame, self-handicapping behaviors, guilt, etc. associated with the perceived transgression. Moral injury may also include spiritual components of moral transgressions that may have occurred and treatments may therefore involve a spiritual component and building bridges with spiritual communities.”

  • GCORR: Vital Conversations on Realities of Racism: The General Commission on Religion and Race has compiled a valuable nine-part series of video guides for congregations and communities that wish to engage in conversations around race.

“Conversations about the realities of race and the impact of racism can be uncomfortable, even in the church. The General Commission on Race and Religion of The United Methodist Church offers Vital Conversations on Realities of Racism: A Guide to Small-Group Discussions about the Video Series as a way to begin dialogue, face our misconceptions and fears, and move deliberately to spiritual, community and social transformation.”

  • 10 Ways to have a Better Conversation – When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”

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