Conflict Transformation Reading List

Recommended Books

Communication Skills and Basic Conflict Transformation

Getting to Yes, Roger Fisher, Bruce Pattion and William Ury.  New York:  Penguin Books, 1991.

Getting Past No, William Ury.  New York:  Bantam Books, 1993

Getting Together, Roger Fisher and Scott Brown.  New York:  Penguin Books, 1988.

How to Turn the Other Cheek and Still Survive in Today's World, Suzette Haden Elgin.  Nashville:  Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997.

The Little Book of Conflict Transformation, John Paul Lederach.  Intercourse, PA:  Good Books, 2003.  

Making Peace with Conflict, Practical Skills for Conflict Transformation, Carolyn Schrock-Shenk and Lawrence Ressler, editors.  Scottdale, PA:  Herald Press, 1999.

Mediating Interpersonal Conflict Third edition, Bob Gross.  North Manchester, Indiana:  Education for Conflict Resolution, Inc.,  2003.  (Call ECR at (260) 982-4621 to order.)

The Third Side, William Ury.  New York:  Penguin Books, 2000.


Faith-based and Congregational

Behavioral Covenants in Congregations, Gil Rendle. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 1999.

Caring Like Jesus: The Matthew 18 Project, Daniel Ulrich and Janice Fairchild. Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 2002.

Conflict Management in Congregations, David Lott, Editor. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2001.

Congregational Fitness, Healthy Practices for Layfolk, Denise Goodman.  Herndon, VA:  Alban Institute, 2000.

Healthy Congregations and How Your Church Family Works, Peter Steinke.  Herndon, VA:  The Alban Institute.

Journey Toward Reconciliation,  John Paul Lederach.  Scottdale PA:  Herald Press, 1999.

Mediation and Facilitation Training Manual, Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, editor.  Akron, PA:  Mennonite Conciliation Service, 2000.

Never Call Them Jerks, Arthur Paul Boers.  Herndon, VA:  Alban Institute, 1999.

The Peacemaker, Ken Sande. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004.

Speaking the Truth in Love, How to Be an Assertive Christian, Ruth N. Koch and Kenneth C. Haugk, authors.  St. Louis, Mo:  Stephen Ministries, 1992.

Transforming Conflict in Your Church, A Practical Guide, Marlin E. Thomas, editor, Scottdale, PA:  Herald Press, 2002.


Beyond Intractibility, a website hosted by the University of  Colorado Conflict Research Consortium is an inexhaustible resource for those working in conflict transformation. Amazing in that it is free. 

Called to Covenant, Strengthening Congregation-Presbytery Relationships, The Canadian Presbyterian Church's resource for congregational conflict.  Free, downloadable handbook.

Conflict Transformation Online Courses are also available at no cost from the University of Colorado Conflict Research Consortium.  For a fee, university credit is available. 

Congregational Resource Guide, hosted jointly by The Indianapolis Center for Congregations, and The Alban Institute, offers an annotated list of resources.  Look for the free online book, Peacemaking Without Division.

Justpeace, The United Methodist Church's website with a free downloadable faith-based conflict transformation guide. 

Public Conversations Project,  a Boston-based organization devoted to providing resources for constructive dialogue.

The Berghof Handbook  for Conflict Transformation, a Berlin-based organization has articles of interest on topics ranging from interpersonal communication skills to multi-national conflicts.