Conflict actually provides the opportunity for us to communicate, to discuss differences and similarities, to really listen to and hear each other, and to forge solutions which meet the needs of the congregation without harming each other and which actually lead to healing and reconciliation.  The goal is not simply to “resolve” conflict by putting a lid on it.  Rather, the goal is conflict transformation:  to transform the conflict into an opportunity for growth and healing.

In the meantime, how to do achieve such an idealistic result?  Is it possible?  In one word: yes!  If conflict is dealt with appropriately.

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