Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E. F. Schumacher)

Work. School. Home. Neighborhood. Each of these can be rewarding places to be; they can also be places of deep and unresolved conflict. Is this inevitable? If so, what can we do about it? And is conflict always destructive or is it possible to experience it in a way that builds community and deepens relationships?

This session builds from the assumption that while not necessarily desired, conflict can initiate important changes in us and in the places we find ourselves.

How we handle conflict matters. Because people matter.

This session will consider:

  • common sources of conflict
  • connections between issues and relationships
  • five different conflict handling styles