Conflict and civility

Conflict and Civility: “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3)  “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” History suggests we cannot all just get along. Conflict has replaced civility in our public places. This quote is a paraphrase of something Los Angeles taxi driver, Rodney King, said in 1992 when riots spread destruction, death, and terror across the […]

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Wherever Two or Three are Gathered There’s Potential for Conflict

So, if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24) Many years ago I was a lay member of a congregation the bishop credited as being the most conflicted congregation he’d ever had to manage in his […]

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