Thrive on the other side:  Communities of Faith Connect and Heal

Conflict and adversity touches each community of faith at one time or another—through financial challenges, leadership transitions, personal loss, difficult decisions and differences.  With the right skills and perspectives, these tensions don’t have to lead to destructive altercation in the life of a congregation, but can be opportunities for creativity and spiritual growth.

Conflict transformation and dialogue 

The Institute has been assisting congregations for over 10 years through its Walking in the Way of Peace program of conflict transformation in congregations. Dedicated to “inoculating” communities with greater resilience in order to respond to challenges in life-giving ways, all Institute programs incorporate the basic skills, theory and theology of trauma healing, conflict transformation and dialogue while engaging hearts, minds and bodies in the process. 

Through its Walking in the Way consulting to congregations, the Institutes offers a variety of assistance including:

Covenant Building Workshops” 

Visioning and Spiritual Discernment” facilitation

“To Bend But Not Break: Leadership for Growing Resilient Congregations” training.

Download a printable brochure here.

For more information on our conflict transformation training and congregational consulting services through Walking in the Way, contact Karen Nell Smith.

Walking in the Way facilitator

Beth Horne

Beth Horne, left, has served the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church as teacher and pastor since 2009.  She has honed her conflict transformation skills as a church member, seminarian and now brings them to bear as pastor of the 200-member congregation.  “If a church doesn’t have conflict, it’s dead,” she says.  Beth joined the Brookfield Institute’s teaching and facilitation team in 2013. Her first career was in marketing in the technology industry. She attended Boston College graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy and Management.  Beth also attended Andover Newton Theological School graduating with a M. Div.  She enjoys tilling the soil and planting the seeds to see what might grow.


Trauma awareness and resilience

Natural disaster affects both physical sense of safety and community relationships in specific ways.  Congregations and communities affected by natural disaster or other traumas experience particular trauma reactions. If leaders respond effectively, they can ultimately shepherd a community to greater resilience.

We offer trauma resilience training which is particularly helpful to leaders of traumatized communities. For more information, (link to STAR information) or contact Beverly Prestwood-Taylor 413-563-7282.