Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is happy to be networked with other organizations that work for peace in our world.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a relief, service, and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. The MCC Mission Statement reflects the biblical call to care for the hungry and the thirsty, the stranger and the naked, the sick and those in prison (Matthew 25:35-36).
MCC Great Lakes is the Midwest affiliate of the Mennonite Central Committee. The MCC Great Lakes newsletter, with various events in the country, can be found on their website.
Mennonite Church USA has a variety of resources for peace and justice issues. They are available from the Peace and Justice Network of Mennonite Church USA.
For more than thirty years Lombard Mennonite Peace Center has partnered with judicatory and church leaders of other denominations to provide mediation and conflict transformation training.
“Practical, practical, practical — helpful instruments and tools for mediation.” “Great immersion experience.” “Absolutely a must for any church… every church.” “The best and most thorough model for mediation with individuals and congregations that I have experienced in more than three decades of ordained ministry.”
These comments were shared by participants in LMPC’s Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders. Each of them came from a judicatory leader — Terry Finlay, Anglican Diocese of Toronto; Phil Carver, Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church; Carol Parr, Lake Michigan Presbytery; and a Lutheran Bishop.
The trend continues this year of judicatory support for training mediators to serve at both the judicatory and congregational levels. LMPC’s Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders has become a recognized resource to districts, conferences, presbyteries, synods, and dioceses of various denominations that seek to equip themselves to better respond to conflict within churches.
“Conflict in the church is a reality,” says the Rev. H. “Shorty” Brown, Synod of the Great Lakes, Reformed Church in America. “The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center brings a process to conflict in the church which is constructive, healing, and preventative.”
A key component of the LMPC model is the emphasis on healing strategies which help people in a conflict move beyond the typical pattern of blaming and shaming. Instead, disputants gain insight into a family systems understanding of conflict whereby the deeper roots of the anxiety are recognized and all parties are helped to self-examination and mutual confession.
LMPC is open to receiving invitations from judicatory and denominational offices interested in hosting an institute in their region. See our page Contracted Events for more information about having LMPC offer training at a site and on dates of your choosing, and to see how various denominations have worked with LMPC over the years to train leaders in mediation and conflict transformation.
Judicatories can also send representatives to attend one of the upcoming institutes being coordinated directly by LMPC in a variety of locations across the country, in the coming year.
We believe that the Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders will continue to serve as a key resource for both congregational and judicatory mediation teams as they seek to serve Christ’s church as agents of healing and hope.