From around the web – October 24, 2014

Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too! October 24 , 2014 CBSNEWS: Crime, Punishment and Redemption – This program looks at how the faith community helps returning citizens and their families put their lives back together after incarceration and features Doug […]

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From around the web

Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too! October 3 , 2014 Harvard Business Review: What to Do When Anger Takes Hold  – Peter Bregman offers a thoughtful and compelling reflection about anger with practical advice about how to experience strong emotions without letting them […]

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Musings on Silence

Most leaders speak 80% of the time and listen 20%. The best leaders reverse that equation, listening 80% and speaking 20%. Being in silence and being with silence expands the circle of listening and hearing, thus the depth of leaders. Silence: a gift, a blessing, the spirit’s pulsating soul. What I would give for some time of silence, I often think. When my wish is granted, I disrupt it and flee from it by creating a distraction or cacophony of sounds. Do I really want that for which I ask, SILENCE? What is silence and what role does it serve for the ripening of our deep self, or our souls?

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Soul Repair and the Quest for Love

As the United Methodist Church and individual congregations are starting to explore their place in reaching out to veterans and caring for their needs, it is imperative to recognize the significance of our relationships with one another. Dr. Rita Brock said, “We must earn the right to hear the stories they have to tell.” If we do, maybe we will hear, “They love each other so much. Perhaps, they can love me too,” coming from anyone in our midst.

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The Horse Doctor: a Balm for Soul Care

God’s presence was made real through the beauty of creation, story-telling, the unconditional love of a horse, conversation around the table, and worship with fellow journeyers. Across our country we have veterans returning from war. How can we journey with those who have experienced “soul loss?” The “horse doctor” is just one way.

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From Around the Web

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

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The Choice in Conflict Transformation and Difficult Conversations

As ministers and leaders, knowing how to engage conflict and difficult conversations well is both a skill to learn and an art to cultivate. No longer is it optional. To be a minister and/or leader moving toward excellence, working with conflict and walking with others through difficult conversations is part of the terrain. It will help participants formulate both a theoretical understanding and practical steps for working with individuals and congregations caught in anxiety and conflict and/or facing difficult conversations.

In this seminar, we will explore questions such as: What is at the heart of conflict? Why do so many conflict and change efforts fail? What is the best way to impact or influence conflict situations or change efforts so that communities are invited to grow and bring sustainable healthy change and peace? How do we engage in a way that increases the opportunity for response and minimizes resistance? What are some components we can put in place to help have difficult conversations?

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