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What is mediation and why try it?

What Is A Mediator?

This post answers the question, “what is a mediator?” Continue reading

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The Link Between Forgiveness and Peace

It is said that holding a grudge is like eating poison and then expecting the other person to die.  As we all know from experience, it’s very easy to hold grudges.  Yet, we know there are very damaging consequences to … Continue reading

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Conflict Transformation As A Spiritual Practice

Jesus had a remarkable gift for seeing through everything superficial, for peeling back the layers of the dusty, superficial robes of identity we wear,  to peer into a person’s inner soul.   Whether speaking to a Roman Centurian, to a Samaritan … Continue reading

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What Does a Mediator Do?

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What Is Mediation?

What is mediation? Continue reading

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Empowering Questions

Sometimes the question is more important than the answer. How can we discern what questions to ask? Continue reading

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Recognizing Stages of Conflict and Knowing When to Call for Help

Is this dispute something you can work through yourselves, something a mediator can help with, or do you need to call law enforcement? This article discussing stages of conflict and intervention strategies appropriate for each stage will help you decide. Continue reading

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Scapegoating: A Case of Misplaced Blame, Part III

Feel a compelling need to tell the truth? If you do, maybe it’s time to let someone else take a turn. Continue reading

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Scapegoating: A Case of Misplaced Blame, Part II

More explanation of scapegoating as experienced in family units, extended families, businesses, and churches Continue reading

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Scapegoating in Conflict Resolution, Part I

When we are confronted with a problem that has no easy or obvious solution, it’s tempting to scapegoat rather than address the true causes. Here is a personal story that illustrates the basic idea of scapegoating and shows why it’s not a good method of conflict resolution. Continue reading

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