Conflict is a natural part of life and occurs in the home, school, community, church, and/or workplace. The ways we understand and engage issues of conflict has implications for personal, community, and institutional thriving. The Center for Reconciliation hosts a series of conversations meant to introduce individuals and organizations working on particular aspects of justice, transformation, and reconciliation. The goal of this series is to help the Duke Divinity School community develop theological language, moral imagination, and practical resources for dealing effectively with tough issues facing our churches and our world.

Presentations and occasional practical workshops will help equip us in our journey to be more self-aware and more confident as we work in and on areas of conflict in our ministries.

Past topics include:

  • Understanding Implicit Bias: What are our biases, and how do we unlearn our unhelpful implicit associations?
  • Cultural Humility: How does white supremacy culture run counter to the gospel call to reconciliation, and how we can work towards dismantling racism by practicing cultural humility? 
  • Active Listening: What is active listening, and how can it transform your communication in difficult situations?
  • Facilitating Collaborative Processes: What are the frameworks and essential ingredients for productive collaboration, and how can we implement them to best benefit our communities?
  • Restorative Circles: What is a restorative circle process and how can it be used to build community and address conflict?
  • Lament service with Christian Solidarity Worldwide
  • Rev. Dr. Bob Fu: Advocacy for the Church and for Religious Freedom in China
  • Panel discussion on the War Against Ukraine with Immaculate Conception Catholic Church