I recently had the pleasure of interviewing a relative–Bruce Boyd–for the Viewpoints interview series at Adventist Today. We talked about conflict since he teaches conflict resolution at Canadian University College. Here’s an excerpt:
Jeff: What advice do you have for the North American church regarding how to discuss sensitive issues like creation and evolution, homosexuality or politics?
Bruce: These are substantive, not personal, issues. I think conflicts get a lot more complex and destructive where people attack each other personally, when they’re angry or fearful or jealous. I think it would be easier to handle if people could maintain more respect for each other. There can be no deep and lasting conflict resolution without respect. That’s just impossible. Even where people do not agree, they could at least respect each other.