CONFLICT IS A PAINFUL HABIT BORN OF TRAUMA AND PERPETUATED IN SYSTEMS.
IS THERE A WAY OUT?
SYSTEMS, TRAUMA, AND BECOMING A RECONCILING CHURCH
Jay Wittmeyer is Executive Director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, https://lmpeacecenter.org/all-events/, the premier training center for conflict resolution in congregations and a creative force for peace across racial, religious, and political divides. Grounded in Bowen systems psychology and the Anabaptist Peace Church tradition of Christianity, their mission is to proclaim Christ’s good news – the gospel of peace and justice – and to be active in the sacred ministry of reconciliation wherever and whenever we can. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:18. Jay is a noted mediator, consultant, and trainer.
We all carry trauma in our body memories. Our communities, essential as they are, tend to perpetuate old habits of feeling. Jay will introduce the basic principles of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center Shalom webinar series and other training programs to help congregations step out of old ruts to become examples of and forces for healing, peace, and liberation in their wider communities.