From Around the Web – February 6, 2015

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

February 6, 2015

  • RETHINK CHURCH: Respectful Conversation: What does it Take? – As part of a series of content called “Conversations on Race”, RETHINK CHURCH offers tips for Eric Law for having courageous conversations with others who communicate differently than you.

    “What do you do when your communication style doesn’t match the person[s] you are trying to communicate with? It’s rough. Frustration can ensue and hurtful words said.”

  • Patheos: 10 Ways to be a Better Peacemaker Online – Benjamin Corey outlines 10 tips to be proactive in counteracting the toxicity of online communication and be a peacemaker.

    It’s easy to lose sight of an individual’s humanity on the internet, but remember, this is a real person with a real story– and you don’t know their story.


  • Harvard Business Review: How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work – Rebecca Knight gives practical advice on handling difficult conversations in the workplace in a way that creates better outcomes for you and the person you’re talking to, while keeping your relationships intact.

    “If you’re gearing up for a conversation you’ve labeled “difficult,” you’re more likely to feel nervous and upset about it beforehand. Instead, try “framing it in a positive, less binary” way”

  • WSJ: How Active Listening Makes Both Participants in a Conversation Feel Better – Elizabeth Bernstein writes about why active listening is difficult, why it’s important and offers helpful advice on using both verbal and non-verbal skills to practice being a better listener.

    “Active listening starts with the real desire to help another person think through their feelings,” says Dr. Bodie. It takes time. “Don’t try to fix the problem right out of the gate, and don’t rush things,” he says.”

  • OnFaith: Conversations We Should Be Having About War – Danny Graham makes the case for restorative justice by arguing that when done well it is better for victims than a retributive system and that it does a better job of getting to, and addressing, the root causes of crime.

    “Of particular relevance to this case is that it is far more possible through restorative justice than in the mainstream system to identify and begin to address the systemic social problems that brought about these deplorable actions in the first place.”

  • Iowa Conference – Paper cranes at Ames First UMC symbols of ‘God’s love and peace’ – First UMC Church in Ames, Iowa is displaying a visual witness of peace with over 500 origami peace cranes.

    “The reaction of the congregation?  “they loved it,” Rev. Willers added.  The cranes have been up now for two Advents and many at Ames First United Methodist Church have learned how to fold the cranes on their own, a personal spiritual practice and peace witness that their pastors both call, “fantastic!””

  • Restorative Works: Video – Bullying prevention and restorative practices – Watch this video from Elizabeth Smull, a lecturer from International Institute for Restorative Practices, talk about how restorative practices can be used to prevent bullying in schools.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • April 12th – 13th, 2015: “Moral Injury and Soul Repair: Recovering from Invisible Wounds: This conference at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX will teach strategies and tools to enable better spiritual, mental, and psychological health in our nations veterans, their families, caregivers, and all who love them. Community and congregational leaders will deepen their understanding of moral injury and the struggle of many after leaving military service, as well as others who work under conditions of extremity and life-and-death decisions, such as first responders and law enforcement. Registration to open on 2/16/15.
  • April 17th- 19th, 2015: The “Re-Visioning Justice in America” Conference: This conference will be held at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN.  Registration will open in early January 2015. Please check back here for the link for full conference information and registration. Keynote speakers include Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson and Howard Zehr.
  • April 21 – 23, 2015: FaithCARE – Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches: This FaithCARE training in Whitby, Ontario  is scheduled for April 21 – 23, 2015 and is offered in partnership with the Eastern Canada Christian and Missionary Alliance. This training is open to anyone.  For more information and for the complete conference brochure, visit this link.
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