Coms 560 discussion board week / module 6: the language of conflict
The Anatomy of Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Watch the video assigned to this forum (link below). Then post a thread that synthesizes your response to the following questions: Posts are 400 minimum
- What 3 ideas from your most recent course readings best explain the anatomy of forgiveness and reconciliation in this moment? Explain your selection of ideas. Be specific in making the connections to the video content.
- What biblical principle best helps us to understand what we’re seeing?
- How did this moment impact you?
Proper APA style is required when using in-text citations and documenting your resource(s).
VIDEO LINK to a conversation between Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas
- OverviewMain Idea: What we say and how we say it are integral to managing conflict and crisis communication.
There is no substitute for a well-spoken word in a difficult situation. However, what we say and how we say it are always situated in a grander conversation. Sometimes this is conversation takes on intercultural dimensions, other times it is organizational or system oriented. More often than not, the conversation has interpersonal and moral implications.
The language of conflict is about more than what we say. It’s about understanding the other person—about seeing things from their perspective. And while we may never agree, the point is that we see.
James W. Sire talks about this human capacity as our way of rationalizing and negotiating the world. We do this through our worldview. Thus, the language of conflict is best understood against the broader discussion of worldview because, as Sire suggests, some things are common not just to our immediate family, community, nation or century but to the whole of the human race throughout time and space.
As we consider conflict, we must consider the commitments that undergird our engagement structures and patterns. And while this is a much more expansive conversation, it’s helpful to establish a baseline understanding of common starting points for the language of conflict.
- Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Analyze conflicts at a macro level.
- Analyze conflicts at a micro level.
- Process the role of forgiveness in conflict management.
- Engage the relationship between forgiveness and reconciliation.
- Identify patterns for healthy conflict resolution from a biblical worldview.