An interview with dr. W. Craig Gilliam on Finding Healing and Peace of Mind in a Politically polarized climate
By Joe Iovino,

Politics in the United States are polarizing. Public discourse and our social media feeds are filled with strong opinions from professional and amateur pundits.

These feelings of division are not unique to U.S. politics, however. United Methodists around the world know the pain of conflict within their nations, our denomination, churches, families, friends, groups, and sometimes within ourselves.

Divisions persist, but the Bible teaches that God created us to live in community and that Jesus came to reconcile us to God and one another.


Anxiety and Conflict—What are the costs for your organization?

Conflict can be delicious to people in a perverse way. Some enjoy it. In one organization with whom I worked, an employee described the situation, “Our homeostasis has been to stay in conflict. We are like a boat that has been rocked by the storm for so long that the storm has become our norm. We seem to enjoy it. That is the only way we know to be together and function as an organization/community.


The Power of Questions for Leaders and for Life

Asking open, honest questions is central to good leadership, consulting, facilitating, and coaching. In fact, questions are core to the human quest.

Good questions can invite insight and wisdom from groups and individuals and change entire cultures and work environments. Asking honest questions at the right time is both an art and a science.  

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Responses to Various Levels of Conflict for Families, Teams, Organizations and Congregations

Conflict and disruptions are neither good nor bad, but simply a part of life in workplaces, social spaces, congregations, and families. When people are together, honest, and engaged with one another and their interests and passions, they have disagreements.


Creating a Container for Conversation

When people ask me for a metaphor for community, conflict, and conversation, I offer the image of a “container.” I liken the container to the old alchemist’s flask, a flask that, as I imagine it, contains a chemical compound that is heated over a burner.

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Meeting and Mismeeting:

Facilitating transformational communities/

Meeting and mismeeting are not only about how we conduct ourselves, but first and foremost, our way of being, the way of our hearts/souls toward others and Self, the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, others and God, which begin with our own inner work, our spiritual and soul practices.

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A Half-Fast Walk through Martin Buber’s Thinking

This essay is an overview of some of those thoughts that I find rich with meaning and substance to digest as ministers.

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Leading Through Anxious Times and Situations: More Than Meets the Eye

While there are no simple check-lists or “how-to” answers for leading through anxious times and situations in congregational life, this essay will strive to offer insights to help clergy preach and lead in anxious times and settings, and do it in a way that lessens stress, increases the possibility of positive movement for the community and heightens awareness.

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Conflict Resolution: Is that what we really want?

The problem with “conflict resolution” is that it creates or reinforces the notion that conflict is bad, sinful and destructive and should not exist.


Reflections on Leadership: Becoming a Shaper of Context

This article presents some insights into influencing an organization’s emotional field that I have learned, often by trial and error, in my 25 years of experience. The following questions are at the heart of this article: How do we as leaders become shapers of context rather than living at the mercy of it? What insights help leaders make this shift?


Moving from an I-It to an I-Thou Way During Times of High Anxiety and Conflict

People may not hear what we are saying because of who we are when we say it. The inverse is also true: sometimes we have trouble hearing others because of who they are when they speak. In other words, how we view others is how we treat them.


Principles and Values for Conflict Transformation and building a Culture of Collaboration, Peace, and Justice

The following articles are from Gallup®

The following articles are from Gallup®


How Employees' Strengths Make Your Company Stronger
 by Susan Sorenson

People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job.

That's just one big finding from decades of Gallup research into human behaviors and strengths. That research has established a compelling connection between strengths and employee engagement in the workplace -- a connection that has the power to accelerate performance when companies work on enhancing both simultaneously.


The Right Culture: Not Just About Employee Satisfaction

Creating a great workplace culture that has star employees who know how to win new customers isn't about making employees happy or content -- and organizations falter when they think it is.

It's true that enthusiastic and energetic employees feel better about their work and workplace. But engagement is not determined by an abstract feeling. Measuring workers' contentment or happiness levels, as well as catering to their wants, often fails to achieve the underlying goal of employee engagement: improved business outcomes.