Here at Taming the Wolf we offer talks and workshops that are designed to train priests, religious brother and sisters, laypeople and anyone who is interested in faith-based mediation.
Our presentations cover all aspects of Franciscan peacemaking, from basic faith-based conflict resolution skills to specific mediation tips to Franciscan spirituality.
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Arrange a presentation for your group – for a parish event, staff training, school gathering, or other community association. The following sample topics can be modified to address your particular needs.
Taming the Wolf: A Guide to Franciscan Peacemaking
The legend of Saint Francis taming the fierce wolf of Gubbio provides a template for mediating conflict. The love and compassion Saint Francis felt for his Brothers and Sisters let him to reconcile feuding parties. In this talk, we explore this peacemaking legacy and introduce modern conflict resolution techniques that help us realize his vision. Resolving conflict clears away barriers that block the path toward a Gospel-inspired life. Learn about this spiritually transformative style of mediation.
Wrestling with Evil
How can we discern the true nature of a conflict? Is the clash a result of poor communication, misunderstanding or clashing expectations? Or does conflict emerge from something more sinister? How do you manage those who intend harm? This talk inspires caution when it comes to demonizing those who are innocent or overlooking those who are truly dangerous.
Overcoming Conflict in Marriage
All marriages involve occasional conflict. Unfortunately, a minor squabble may turn into a war of attrition when spouses fail to manage conflict. In this talk, practical mediation techniques designed to handle inevitable marriage disputes are explored. We discuss making a relationship sacred by recognizing the divine in the other. Unresolved conflict need not destroy a marriage. Learn to prevent and manage conflict.
Resolving Conflict in the Workplace
Success in the workplace depends on our ability to overcome conflict. We must become adept at resolving disputes in the business world. In this presentation, we discuss bringing the spirit of Francis to the workplace. Learn how resolving conflict increases your value and improves your chances of success. Learn to successfully navigate the minefield of workplace confrontations.
Understanding the Hidden Influence
When two people fight we often fail to identify the cause of their dispute. All too often a destructive third party lurks in the background as a hidden influence. Gossip, character assassination, covert sabotage play a role in fueling destruction of relationships. Learn the to assess the hidden causes of conflict. Learn to manage hidden influences that tear relationships apart.
The Spiritual Conversation
Are you comfortable talking about God? Too often our relationships remain mired in mundane routine. We forget to turn our eyes to the divine. Or we’re frightened, afraid to look deeper. In this talk, we explore the “spiritual conversation” that strengthens our relationships with the divine and each other.
Making The Soul’s Journey into God
Saint Bonaventure leads us on a journey into the mystical in the Soul’s Journey into God. This classic treatise on Franciscan spirituality serves as a guide to the spiritual path as we discuss conflicts that destroy our relationship with God and block our efforts to seek mystical union with Christ. Don’t let conflict block your spiritual journey; learn more about Franciscan spirituality.