There is a prevailing culture of ‘niceness’ within churches which can lead to conflict avoidance, suppression, oppression and denial. Consequently, Christians often struggle to handle tensions, differences and relational friction within their congregations.
Alastair McKay, author of the book Bridgebuilding: Making peace with conflict in the Church, has spent 25 years helping Christians to think about how they can engage better with their tensions and conflicts. He will offer some reflections from his new book, and engage in conversation with two of the book’s contributors, Lia Shimada and Rosemarie Davidson-Gotobed. Lia has over a dozen years’ experience in mediation and community facilitation in Britain and Northern Ireland. Rosemarie is the Church of England’s National Minority Ethnic Vocations Officer.
The conversation will include opportunities for those attending to contribute their own reflections and questions. So, come and participate in a stimulating evening of conversation on a vital topic for the life of the Church.
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