Hello, I’m The Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, Program and Strategy Officer for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
I frequently get calls from congregations struggling with conflict. Conflicts can be scary when they threaten to rupture or divide our precious community connections and relationships with one another, and we often seek help to resolve these issues.
Yet I’ve learned that conflicts actually present great opportunities for building community by examining together what we value the most, and clarifying our purpose and mission as a community.
Conflicts arise naturally simply because of the basic fact that we are different from one another! As Unitarian Universalists, we honor and celebrate difference, but often struggle with how to negotiate these differences when it comes to making decisions or taking positions. Congregational growth, perspectives on ministry, staffing decisions, budgetary issues—all provoke sometimes wildly varying viewpoints among us. It would be strange if we didn’t have conflicts about these very important concerns.
In my work with conflict I have found a number of things to be helpful:
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Last updated on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
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