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FAITH IN CONFLICT

FINDING BETTER WAYS TO HANDLE CONFLICT IN THE CHURCH

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AN ECUMENICAL CONFERENCE
COVENTRY CATHEDRAL 26-28 FEBRUARY 2013

Conflict exists in every walk of life, including the church. However, escalated and badly-handled conflict can cause long-lasting damage to the relationships and ministry of your church; and can negatively affect the church’s reputation, and individuals’ faith.

All church traditions face conflict, with tensions and power-struggles in local churches, and with challenges at national level, where intense differences can arise.  Often church leaders feel ill-equipped to deal with these tensions.

The aim of the Faith in Conflict conference is to enable you to find better ways to engage with conflict in church life, connecting you with others wanting to work creatively at this; and to offer you the opportunity to learn from Christian professionals who have worked on handling and transforming conflict for many years.

By joining us in the Faith in Conflict conference you will have a unique opportunity to:

  • Understand our challenges: which arise from the culture of how conflict is handled in churches
  • Gain a renewed vision: of how the churches might view conflict differently
  • Grow our capacity: to respond to conflict in its many forms
  • Develop supportive networks: linking organisations, people and training resources

 

Who should attend Faith in Conflict?

The Faith in Conflict conference is endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the President of the Methodist Conference, the Bishop of Coventry, and the President Elect of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. It is designed for those in senior and middle level leadership roles in Christian churches of all denominations along with Christians who are practitioners in peacemaking and peacebuilding (such as mediators, those working in restorative justice, social cohesion workers etc.).

Places on the conference have proved to be very popular and we are now at capacity. However, you can still apply to be on the waiting list.

For further details please download our brochure by clicking here.

 

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SPEAKERS

THE REVD DR JO BAILEY WELLS, is currently consultant to Continuing Indaba at the Anglican Communion Office in London. Until recently she was Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina. During her seven years there, the House developed a unique reputation for working across the fractured ecclesial divides in the wake of the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson.

THE REVD CANON DR SAM WELLS is Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College, London. Sam was for seven years Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, North Carolina. During this time he was closely involved in the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, which seeks reconciliation between victims, perpetrators and wider society, particularly in relation to violent crimes. The book Living Without Enemies: Being Present in the Midst of Violence (IVP, 2011), which Sam wrote with Marcia A. Owen, arose out of this ministry.

THE MOST REVD JUSTIN WELBY is the Archbishop of Canterbury. In November 2002, Justin became a Canon of Coventry Cathedral. In this capacity, with Canon Andrew White and later by himself, he was responsible for leading Coventry’s international ministry of reconciliation. From December 2007 Justin was Dean of Liverpool, responsible for the Anglican Cathedral whose mission statement is “a safe place to do risky things in Christ’s service.” In September 2011 he became Bishop of Durham. He has published a number of articles in English and French on issues of international finance, ethics and management and also on reconciliation.

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