CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

The promise of spirituality in mediation: The significance of spiritual-based and faith-based approaches in mediation

Department

Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

Publication Date

1-1-2009

Publication Title

Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies

ISSN or ISBN

2346-7258

Volume

16

Issue

1

First Page

9

Last Page

25

Abstract

This article advocates greater exploration and incorporation of spirituality or religion in the mediation process. As religious or spiritual values constitute an element of one’s culture, which inevitably forms a lens through which one interprets the world, the authors suggest a greater acceptance of exploring and acknowledging the power of addressing one’s own religious or spiritual makeup. The authors present an agenda for mediation research and practice for the twenty-first century and consider several examples to encourage model development. In particular, the following discussion presents potentially valuable elements for an alternative approach to mediation which incorporates either religion or spirituality.

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