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MCC U.S. publishes mediation and facilitation manual

Cathryn Clinton
June 16, 2009

AKRON, Pa. – A new edition of a mediation and facilitation training manual provides theories, communication exercises and tools for conflict analysis that can help bring about healing and positive transformation in situations of conflict, injustice and violence.

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Office on Justice and Peacebuilding has published the fifth edition of its training manual, Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice Manual: Foundations and Skills for Mediation and Facilitation, with a new emphasis on restorative justice. The last edition was published in 2000.

The manual is designed to give peace-building trainers and practitioners the knowledge and skills necessary for working in conflict transformation and restorative justice for individuals, churches, institutions, communities and systems. It gives hands-on exercises for interpersonal and group use on communication, mediation and training. It also includes material on the creative use of theater, art, film and jazz.

More than a third of the contributors are new from previous editions. In compiling this edition the editors placed a priority on including the perspectives of people whose voices have been silenced, left out, or ignored in the fields of conflict transformation and restorative justice.

"They represent the often-unheard voices," said Michelle E. Armster, codirector of the MCC U.S. Office on Justice and Peacebuilding.

Beth Roy, a sociologist who is a mediator and mentor in private practice, used the previous edition of the manual when teaching conflict resolution at the University of California, Berkeley. She said, "I've long waited for a major training publication that not only gave a nod to issues of power and justice but actually puts them in the center. I think the new edition of the manual does that, with spectacular success."

To obtain the manual, go to mccstore.org, or phone toll free (888) 563-4676. The manual is $64.99 plus shipping and handling.

For more information on justice and peace-building, go to mcc.org/us/programs.