Calendar of Programs

Seeking Higher Ground: Religion and Conflict Transformation

In these highly polarized times, how do we make our Religious Communities places where people can:

  • Share their stories and have simple, honest conversations about things that matter
  • Find Higher Ground even when common ground is not achievable in the short run
  • Create communities that respect the dignity of differences
  • Focus on Relational and Communal Healing

In this one-day, interactive workshop for community leaders, we will explore the vision of our religious communities as places for “higher ground.” Hands-on workshops will offer specific skills and practices from the world of conflict transformation to assist professionals and lay leaders in realizing this vision. To view a pdf flyer for this workshop, click here.

A light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Kosher and Halal dietary laws will be observed.

Keynote: “STEPS TOWARD HEALING RELIGIOUS CONFLICT: ACHIEVING COMMON VISION BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES” – Rabbi Marc Gopin, PhD., James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Featured speakers and facilitators include:

Rev. Mariama White Hammond, Bob Stains, Salma Kazmi, Rabbi David Jaffe, Audrey J. Lee, Rev. Tom Porter, David Hoffman, Chuck Walker, Rabbi Or Rose 


Bob Stains & Associates
Boston Law Collaborative Institute
Boston University School of Theology
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Essential Partners
Hebrew College
The Kirva Institute
The Pluralism Project, Harvard University

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Mediation Intake 101 – Everything You Always Wanted to Ask

Bring your mediation intake and screening questions to this brown bag program! Karen Richards, BLC’s long-time ADR Case Manager and Paralegal, will share her experiences vetting mediation cases for BLC. Topics include intake protocols, basic dos and don’ts, and managing strong emotions. Karen and BLC Institute Executive Director Audrey Lee will conduct a fishbowl demo of challenging intake moments and take questions from the group. Terrific for anyone interested in starting their own mediation practice.

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End of Life Conversations

Have you mediated a case involving end of life (EOL) issues? Interested in learning strategies to broach the subject with loved ones/prospective parties? Join BLC Affiliate Don Greenstein for an interactive brown bag program on all aspects of EOL mediations. Designed for conflict coaches, mediators and facilitators, this session will include EOL issues many prefer not to entertain until they are mandated by an emergency situation, as well as ways in which an outside facilitator/mediator/coach may add value to the process.  Bring your questions, concerns and life experiences to the discussion.

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Managing the Negotiation Within: An Internal Family Systems Training for Mediators & Lawyers (Chicago)

Boston Law Collaborative Institute invites you to a pioneering workshop for professionals who manage conflict:

When embattled parties come to the mediation or negotiation table, they are often awash in emotions and impulses that make for difficult interactions and impasses. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model provides a language and framework for helping each party identify and speak for the fearful, enraged, or wounded parts of themselves that are driving the conflict, and feel witnessed by the other. Once these behind-the-scenes feelings are revealed, the atmosphere in the room often shifts and the parties are more willing to de-escalate their conflict and discuss their issues from a calmer, more mindful place. In addition, IFS offers mediators and lawyers clear, practical ways to work with their own emotions. No prior IFS training required.

Faculty: Richard Schwartz, developer of the IFS Model & David Hoffman, Mediator & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School

Day One Agenda 

  • Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Training
  • Demonstration of the IFS Model
  • Applying the IFS Model to Mediation:  Role Play 1
  • Group Debrief and Preparation for Day 2

 Day Two Agenda 

  • Exploring our “Parts” More Deeply: Exiles and Managers
  • Managing Highly Emotional Mediations:  Role Play 2
  • Group Debrief and Demonstrations
  • Final Q&A and Concluding Remarks

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