I’m brainstorming about a project I need to do for a class on mission and peace. I have two ideas:
1. Conflict resolution in the church setting. How can we help the world find peace if we can’t even solve our own problems?
Project ideas: Develop church-based seminar on conflict resolution/transformation. Design Sabbath School curriculum on conflict resolution. Outline program/procedures that can be implemented when various conflicts arise.
–Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution (David Little)
–Hope in the Face of Conflict: Making Peace with Others the Way God Makes Peace with Us (Kenneth Newberger)
–The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (Ken Sande)
—Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Finding Peace With God, Yourself and Others (Neil T. Anderson and Charles Mylander)
–A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Healing Without Excusing Injustice (Everett L. Worthington Jr.)
–How To Manage Conflict In The Church, Dysfunctional Congregations, Volume III (Norman L. Shawchuck)
–Peacemaking: The Quiet Power : Conflict Resolution for Churches Through Mediation (Terje Hausken)
–Conflict Resolution in the Church (Brian Joseph Galloway)
2. New monasticism/Intentional Communities. How can the church be present in healing and peacemaking ways at the margins of the empire?
Project idea: Write a proposal for starting an intentional community in Benton Harbor. Our pastor has been talking about doing this. I could research how others are doing it, and write up a proposal (theology, logistics, funding, collaborating partners, operations, supervision, etc.).
I’ve appreciated learning about The Simple Way (site is currently down), New Monasticism, CCDA and the Community of Communities. The Irresistible Revolution was my introduction to this form of community and missions, but I’ve never really studied it or visited a community. Jesus for President also touched on this topic. Today 3 members of the Jubilee House spoke at a school forum, and it really sounds amazing.
–Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism (Jon R. Stock, Tim Otto, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove)
–Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World: Lessons for the Church (Jonathan R. Wilson)
–School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism (Rutba House)
–New Monasticism (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove)
–Of Widows and Meals: Communal Meals in the Book of Acts (Reta Halteman Finger)
—Intimacy and Mission: Intentional Community as Crucible for Radical Discipleship (Luther E., Jr. Smith and Jim Wallis)
–Making Room: Recovering Hospitality As a Christian Tradition (Christine D. Pohl)
—all of these I posted on COR
UPDATE: Here are some Christianity Today articles about NM