Promoting Peace: Alternative Dispute Resolution

We live in a world full of conflict. Conflicts in our world take shape in many contexts: international relations, partisan politics, religious conflict, business disputes, marital strife, etc. In these situations, as Robert Fulghum wrote in All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, "Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you are, something you give away."

During late February and early March 2007, Joshua's Way presented seminars to a group of Ethiopian lawyers in Addis Ababa and to students at Addis Ababa University regarding alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. The goal of these seminars was to spark constructive dialogue about workable systems for resolving conflict in Ethiopia.

As a result of these seminars, a group of lawyers in Ethiopia (who happen to be Christians) is moving forward to establish an alternative dispute resolution service. The service is first designed to help Christian churches and their members resolve internal conflicts. The broader goal is to offer ADR services to the public at large.

As Christians, insofar as possible, we are to live in peace with all people. We also want all people to learn how to live in peace with others. Let us pray for peace and then do all that we can to make peace wherever we go.