This course is designed to provide conflict facilitation instruction and praxis particularly in the arena of mediation, grounded in spiritual, social and ethical dimensions, for seminary students interested in applying conflict engagement skills to interpersonal, community and vocational conflicts.  We begin the course with three assumptions: 1)  Conflict is a natural phenomenon of life; 2) Those involved in conflict engagement, whether disputants or facilitators, are influenced by particular socio-cultural relationships and conditions; 3) Conflict engagement techniques, require practices that are closely connected to spiritual disciplines of deep listening, self-understanding, critical reflection, compassion, and openness to others.  The course will engage the theory and praxis of scholars from Christian, including Anabaptist/Pietist traditions, as well as other religious perspectives and other disciplines.

In FC 339/339-T, students explore ministry, vocation, and methods of discernment primarily from Quaker tradition, listen for God’s leadings, learn and apply various ways to understand, discern, name, and nurture gifts and callings of others, identify their own and class members’ gifts for ministry, gain insight into related challenges and limitations, and test with others their sense of calling and gifts for ministry.