THE SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY
Feb 18-20, 2015
Courageous leadership in this domain requires a willingness and capacity to engage conflict productively. While others avoid, deny, whitewash, or inflame the situation, true leadership will flow from people and organizations willing to look clearly, name plainly, and discern together how to proceed.
Social conflict invokes heightened stress, and easily triggers difficult behaviors. Leaders will need to learn strategies of resolution and reconciliation, and how to respect incomplete closure and impassable divides.
Beginning with God’s mercy and with worship, we may be shaped as leaders who can guide others through challenging changes in both church and society.
Jenell Williams Paris (Ph.D., American University) is professor of anthropology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She has written for such publications as Christianity Today, Books & Culture and Christian Scholar's Review. Her books include The End