Resolving conflict in today’s world is not easy, but it is possible. You will discuss five steps to rebuilding broken relationships. As an example, we will show how to build connections between Indigenous people harmed by history and those helped by it. We will compare examples of how governments, churches, and prisons reconnect people who were once enemies. Find out how Indigenous models of knowing can resolve differences while preserving them. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, but it does mean learning to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).
Mary Crist, Coordinator, Indigenous Theological Education
Mary Crist (Piitaki/Eagle Woman) is enrolled in the Blackfeet nation in Montana. She was appointed Coordinator of Indigenous Theological Education for The Episcopal Church in 2019. She is a visiting professor at Bexley Seabury Seminary, and a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles serving at St. Michael’s Ministry Center in Riverside. She is an experienced teacher, professor, dean, and founding head of St. Matthews Episcopal School in Edinburg, TX and Academy Hill Day School in Springfield, MA. She earned the Doctor of Education at Columbia University, the Master of Divinity at Claremont School of Theology, the Master of Education at Pan American University, and the Bachelor of Arts at the University of California Berkeley. She publishes in early childhood education, special education, online instructional design, and Indigenous theological education.