Few individuals are eager to lead in a polarized time. Yet leaders today cannot escape this reality, particularly during an election season. How might congregational leaders navigate the minefields of polarization while safeguarding both their members and their own integrity? The following five suggestions can contribute to successful leadership in polarized contexts.
Whether the bully is the clergy leader or a lay member, it is essential that members intervene.
I set a goal for myself this summer that is quite atypical for me. I decided to read every page of the Mueller Report.
In the wake of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference, I want to share some common patterns and feelings that you may recognize in yourself or others, as well as some suggestions for healthy ways to channel energy.
It’s fine to say, “We’re one big family. We agree to disagree.” But when the disagreement is about a matter of fundamental principle, such as who can be recognized as a full member of the family, it’s not so simple.
Can we find ways to call ourselves back to constructive ways of managing our differences?
If we are to successfully overcome polarization, we must first look deeply into its roots.