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Handling conflicts in the church community

For Immediate Release: March 15

Peter Browning, Ph. D.
Theme Year Director
Professor & Chaplain
Philosophy & Religion
Office: (417) 873-7231

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 15, 2010 —Dr. Hugh Halverstadt, a recently retired seminary professor from McComick Theological Seminary in Chicago will present “Working Through Differences, When Possible” on Thursday, March 18 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Halverstadt is a Presbyterian minister who is an expert on the topic of conflict management. His book, Managing Church Conflict, first published in 1991, is a classic volume on how to defuse conflict with those who act as antagonists within the greater church community.

Halverstadt will draw on W.J. Cash’s book The Mind of the South during his talk. That book describes a way of understanding deeply rooted political, economic and personal differences in the American Civil War that Halverstadt will use to understand alternative ways we have for addressing our deeply held personal and social differences in America today.

Drury University’s 2009-2010 convocation series Spirituality and Justice honors the connection between spirituality and intellectual pursuit and values interfaith dialogue.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers please visit or contact Theme Year Director Peter Browning, Ph.D. at (417) 873-7231 or


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