conflict resolution

POETRY: A Ritual to Read to Each Other, by William Stafford

October 17, 2012

If you don’t know the kind of person I am and I don’t know the kind of person you are a pattern that others made may prevail in the world and following the wrong god home we may miss our star. For there is many a small betrayal in the mind, a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood storming out to play through the broken dyke. And as elephants parade holding each elephant’s tail, but if one wanders the circus won’t find the park, I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty to know what occurs but not recognize the fact. And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy, a remote important region in all who talk: though we could fool each other, we should [...]

GOD 101: The Value Of Understanding In Conflict Resolution

September 25, 2012

We believe that greater understanding among religions and among peoples will ultimately defeat extremism, and help nurture an environment where people can live together in peace. So reads, in part, the statement of intent for a charitable organization whose sole purpose is to educate people in one faith culture about the truth of another faith culture.  Specifically, this organization focuses on Christianity and Islam. A popular set of issues these days.  Cultures.  Faith.  Truth. Truth is a key issue here.  Or at least one of them.  Because one definition of understand is: to accept as a fact or truth or regard as plausible without utter certainty This emphasis on understanding as a means of ending conflict is ripping [...]