Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I would like to introduce myself: My name is Eric Newton, and I am the new Chief Executive Officer at Conflict to Peace.
For a bit of my background: I am certified as a mediator by the Virginia Supreme Court. I have a great deal of experience with Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation, conciliation, and facilitation, in the Chicago, Fairfax, and Washington, D.C. areas. I have been involved with Conflict to Peace as a conciliator since Summer 2019, and I joined the Conflict to Peace Board in the Summer of 2020. I hold a master’s degree in intercultural relations with a concentration in conflict resolution.
I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for many years and have served in several ministries, including ministries in prayer, spiritual gifts, and two ministries that serve persons from other countries. I have also led and facilitated Bible study groups. I am currently involved in a weekly racial reconciliation study group, and am co-facilitating a community group with my wife through Grace Community Church in Arlington, VA.
As CEO, I am looking to expand the emphasis on and scope of our preventative services as well continue offering our traditional conciliation services. As an organization devoted to Biblically based conflict resolution and ministry, we recognize the importance of working with folks earlier in their relationships in order to (A) help them better understand that conflict is a normal part of every healthy relationship; (B) prepare them with how to approach their differences in a loving and Christ-centered way; and (C) by doing so, to grow in their relationship with each other and with Christ.
I want to thank to Lucy Nichols for her article. To add to it, I am struck by two Bible passages: Matthew 6: 9-13 and I Corinthians 10:31. The question: Are you giving God the glory and following God’s will? Honestly, I can’t say that I always do. But if I fail, I pray for wisdom and strength. If we keep these passages in mind when we engage with others, the goal of the conversation shouldn’t be to make our point, but to reflect and bring the glory to Christ. Remember as Jesus Christ prayed: Your Kingdom come; your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).
May God bless you,