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What should Christians do when they see the community around them in an uproar? Is it our place to speak in public disputes? Should we stay out of them, maybe out of respect for the distinctions between church and state? In this paper we will explore answers to these questions. We will examine four possible approaches congregations can take to public conflicts.

We will identify three theological propositions that, in combination with current theories of conflict resolution, suggest unique roles Christians might play in public conflict. And we will conclude with a suggestion for how Christians might go about being more effective peacemakers in public disputes.

An essay written for George Fox University's general education senior capstone course "Liberal Arts and Critical Issues."