Resolving Conflict in the Desert (Part 4)

Can you imagine shaking someone’s hand as a normal gesture that expresses human connection and commitment, yet in doing so making no eye contact? Shaking hands and avoiding eye contact simply do not go together. To not see the other person in the act of symbolic touch essentially nullifies the sincerity implicit in the handshake. […]

Diffusing Conflict in the Desert (Part 3)

By choosing a pathway that was neither Fight or Flight, Isaac had chosen what is often called a Third Way for dealing with conflict. Third Way responses to conflict involve direct and open communication where both parties involved can meet, discuss matters civilly,  listen well and understand each other, increase trust, and thereby reach some […]

Taming Conflict in the Desert (Part 2)

Two out of three times. That seems pretty normal for how often interpersonal problems impact us in our daily dealings with other people. As we learned in the previous segment, Isaac re-opened three wells that his father had once used, and the first two efforts led to quarreling with the neighboring Philistines. He named those […]

Naming Conflict in the Desert (Part 1)

I’m excited to kick-off this new blog which weaves together several strands of my past. One strand has to do with my work experience in restorative justice where since the mid-90’s I have worked with victims and offenders of crime, and managed volunteer-based programs in this field. Another strand has to do with my involvements […]