Transforming Community

The JustPeace way takes a systems approach to conflict because we embrace transformed communities – communities that have space, resources and relational practices that can include all in loving and supportive ways. If conflict is simply two ideas seeking to share space, we don’t always have to change the ideas or the people who have the ideas, sometimes we can change the space in ways that lovingly embrace our different ideas.

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Ignatius: Saving the Other’s Proposition

If I am to learn, I must approach the other’s proposition with openness. Winning an argument will get me nowhere and I will lose the light that the other’s perception could give me. But the other will learn also, coming to an understanding of his or her own proposition that will enrich it and lead deeper into truth.

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Creating a Container for Conversation

If a strong enough container has been built, then when the heat gets intense, the container can hold, which helps transform the content in the container and the container itself as well as the participants and the DNA or soul of that collective community

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New Blog by Ron Kraybill

JustPeace friend, colleague and former board member, Ron Kraybill has a new blog: www.kraybilltable.com. We encourage you to check it out and subscribe!

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Honoring All Our Relations

I am reminded of friends who continue to teach me about life and a way of being that honors Creator and Creation. Learning from their deep wisdom about how to “honor all our relations” – a way of being, living and learning from the sacred interconnectedness of all living creatures in Creation – has been humbling and life enriching.

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Clergy & Congregational Leaders Retreat – Caring for Veterans and their Families

Join Big Bend Hospice and the JustPeace Soul Care Initiative for the Clergy & Congregational Leaders Retreat on April 19, from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 3720 Capital Circle SE, Tallahassee, FL 32311.

The theme is, Caring for Our Veterans and their Families. A free, light breakfast and lunch is included. Upon returning home from war, many veterans are wounded in mind and spirit. The faith community is uniquely positioned to help.

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Becoming Shapers of Context

I have come to believe that the outer space/context in which we work is only as open as is our inner space out of which we live. They are parallel processes. For me, this is part of the underbelly of leadership—the interior conversation that enables us to offer our best, deepest gifts, and to be shapers of context, rather than being shaped by the context.

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Honoring Relationships with veterans

Critical to hospitality is honoring relationships. By honoring a relationship with a veteran we then can begin to understand our connectedness as God’s children and we can transcend our biases and pre-conceived notions about the person. We then can relate to the person, not the war. By honoring relationship with a veteran, we can become a catalyst for the veteran to find meaning. If we do this, we become people of grace.

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