Narrative mediation is a transformative approach to conflict resolution, underpinned by the belief that our personal stories shape our perceptions, emotions, and actions. By harnessing the potential of personal narratives, this method offers an alternative path to understanding and resolving conflicts. A narrative approach to resolving differences is introduced in the course, Discerning God’s Leading.At its core, narrative mediation is about revisiting and rewriting the stories that have fueled conflicts. These stories, whether consciously or subconsciously, dictate how we interpret situations, feel about them, and respond. Over time, they can become entrenched and repetitive, deepening divisions and making it difficult for involved parties to see a way out.
However, by allowing individuals to share their narratives and gently guiding them to reframe these stories, narrative mediation presents an opportunity to see the situation from a fresh perspective. The intention is not to negate or erase any existing narrative but to co-create a new one that captures a collective understanding and paves the way for a harmonious future.
The Role of Non-Binary Questions
In this video excerpt, the Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker talks about the downside of asking binary questions.