I look forward to spending three days with Cheryl Miller next week in a training environment that seeks to help participants learn "the Language of Shalom". I couldn't think of a better time to engage in this kind of training/learning.
"The Language of Shalom is a unique communication process combining restorative justice principles, mediation practices, and biblical principles. It teaches people how to effectively address reconciliation and restoration so they can build healthier neighborhoods and communities.
The training offers insight and practical application of the facilitative dialogue process. It brings all stakeholders to the table to discuss conflict, issues or strategic planning. This process brings people together to learn how to understand each other better, build effective relationships, which are beneficial in any social and/or work environment, and help solve community problems."
Learn a little about Cheryl through this inspirational story: http://prismmagazine.org/sophies-story/
"Galatians 6:2 NIV says, 'Carry each other's burdens.' This language implies the act of holding. When we listen to others, we should strive to 'hold' their story. But be aware that holding the burdens of others can lead to strong emotions. It is important to not allow fear to keep us from reaching out and touching others. Galatians 6:2 also implies that bearing the burdens of the one who is hurting means going some distance with him or her. Some burdens are heavy and some stories are difficult to hold, but we must be willing." From Miller's book, The Language of Shalom.