Holidays breed stress. Contending with crowded stores, long lines, traffic jams, juggling priorities, and worrying about spending too much money often causes our worst personality traits to emerge. And, particularly, when extended family members gather for the holidays, conflict is inevitable. A room with 20 people is a room with 20 different perspectives. The mediators at Good Shepherd Mediation Program reveal their top ten tips to help you prevent conflict and survive the holidays.
10th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner and Awards Ceremony
October 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Community Mediation Center
History and Background
The Good Shepherd Mediation Program, established in 1984, is a neighborhood justice center located in Philadelphia. People in conflict come to the Mediation Program to resolve their disputes through mediation.
Our mission is to empower Philadelphia community residents to creatively search for meaningful and lasting solutions to their conflicts without resorting to crime or violence.
After nearly 100 years of service to delinquent/dependent youth, Good Shepherd Corporation phased out its youth residential programs. In 1982, a needs assessment of the 14th and 35th police districts in Northwest Philadelphia was conducted to identify community concerns. It became apparent that crime and violence resulting from escalating, unresolved disputes - particularly involving youth - were the social problems about which community residents were most concerned. In 1984, Good Shepherd Neighborhood House was established as Philadelphia's first neighborhood justice center, serving the 14th and 35th police districts. Good Shepherd Mediation Program currently offers mediation, and training and consulting services to the Greater Philadelphia area.
Stories from the Green Line (Short Film)
In March 2008, a group of mediators traveled to Israel and the West Bank to hear from the people involved in one of the most intractable conflicts in the world. They listened to religious Jews, secular Jews, Muslims and Christians speak about the Arab-Israeli conflict: how it impacts their lives, their hopes, dreams and prayers for peace. Forty hours of footage has been edited to 50 of the most powerful minutes of the journey.
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Good Shepherd Mediation Program is accepting nominations for the 2016 Shepherds of Peace award now through March 1, 2017.