Eligible for Study Leave Funding. Funding available for First Five Years (email MinistriesTraining@churchofscotland.org.uk)
Conflict is part of life. Our churches and faith groups face change, encounter difference and can struggle to manage conflict which can be both creative and destructive. Our vision is for a world where people embrace the transformational potential of conflict and nurture the art of peacebuilding.
Place for Hope aims:
- to resource the church and faith communities with peacemakers
- to accompany groups navigating conflict and difficult conversations in our faith communities.
Is your church or faith group:
- Challenged by changing patterns of ministry, styles of worship and membership issues?
- Struggling with theological differences (e.g. in relation to human sexuality or how Scripture is interpreted)?
- Facing the impact of a union or joining with other congregations?
- Experiencing tensions around expectations and roles?
At this conference we will explore:
- Understanding Conflict: We will look at what we mean by conflict, and how it ‘looks’ in our churches; we will also begin to explore our different approaches to conflict, and how we tend to respond.
- Conflict Transformation Skills: Working with real life scenarios, we will explore skills including how to work constructively with disagreements in groups and meetings; how to ‘lower’ the level of conflict; making good decisions in groups.
- Further Resources: We will offer ideas and pointers for further training, including information about courses, and local/national resources.
Who is it for?
- This Foundation Day is intended for all in leadership in our churches for example: clergy, elders, deacons, readers, OLMs, youth leaders, mission leaders, licensed or commissioned lay leaders.
What do I need to bring?
- All refreshments, including lunch, will be provided. You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire in advance to identify your own style of responding to conflict, and to bring a ‘live’ experience of conflict, in home, church or work.
Ruth Harvey works for Place for Hope, heading up their Training and Peacebuilding work. With the Place for Hope Team of mediators, she runs programmes to support church and faith-based leaders to transform conflict throughout Scotland and the north of England. Ruth is a minister in the Church of Scotland, and a member of the Society of Friends (Quaker). She is also a member of the Iona Community and writes regularly for Wild Goose Publications. She lives in the northern Lake District.