Conflict Transformation and Religion

Essays on Faith, Power, and Relationship

Editors: Marshall, Ellen Ott (Ed.)

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Writing from a variety of contexts, the contributors to this volume describe the ways that conflict and their efforts to engage it constructively shape their work in classrooms and communities. Each chapter begins with a different experience of conflict—a physical confrontation, shooting and killing, ethnic violence, a hate crime, overt and covert racism, structural violence, interpersonal conflict in a family, and the marginalization of youth. The authors employ a variety of theoretical and practical responses to conflict, highlighting the role that faith, power, and relationships play in processes of transformation.  As these teachers and ministers engage conflict constructively, they put forward novel approaches toward teaching, training, care, solidarity, and advocacy.  Their stories demonstrate how conflict can serve as a site for positive change and transformation. 

About the authors

Ellen Ott Marshall is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, USA. Her books include Choosing Peace through Daily Practices, Though the Fig Tree Does Not Blossom: Toward a Responsible Theology of Christian Hope, and Christians in the Public Square. 

Reviews

“The stories in this book are revelatory—inspiring, gritty, and true to the complexities of real-life conflict. This should be required reading for anyone engaging the suffering within our world or anyone who yearns for a redemptive way forward.” (Frank Rogers Jr., Muriel Bernice Roberts Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy and Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion, Claremont School of Theology, USA; author of “Practicing Compassion”)

“This volume is a healthy reminder of the need to take seriously not merely the immediate end of conflict through negotiated settlement, but the transformation of unjust systems that perpetuate societal divisions. These essays truly enrich the field of conflict transformation from both theoretical and confessional vantage points.” (Itonde A. Kakoma, Head of Region for Sub-Saharan Africa at the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), Martti Ahtisaari Centre, Finland)

“The humanity, humility, imagination, faith, commitment and wisdom of these authors is a great gift, showing how conflict transformation is always contextual, an art more than a technique, and a way of living that is transformative for the lives of the peace-builders themselves as well as the people they engage.” (Tom Porter, Lecturer and Director of the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program, Boston University School of Theology, USA; founding director of the JustPeace Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation, United Methodist Church)

“Each essay offers a creative approach for relating to a conflict in a way that transforms the narrator of the tale as much as the dynamics of the situation.  As a reader, I found my own heart being changed as well.” (Ann Garrido, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology, USA; author of “Redeeming Conflict”)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Learning Through Conflict, Working for Transformation

    Marshall, Ellen Ott

    Pages 1-12

  • Transformative Solidarity: International Accompaniment as Conflict Transformation

    MacDonald, Sarah

    Pages 13-29

  • “Word Made Flesh”: Toward a Pedagogy of a New We

    Rice, Chris

    Pages 31-49

  • Serving as a Critical Friend to Men of Violence

    Mason, Gary

    Pages 51-65

  • Living a Life of Love in the Midst of Trauma

    Noblitt, Joshua M.

    Pages 67-79

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conflict Transformation and Religion
Book Subtitle
Essays on Faith, Power, and Relationship
Editors
  • Ellen Ott Marshall
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56840-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56840-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56839-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 196
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 illustrations in colour
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