By Kent Berkley
Barb Sajna, a priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay, says she does not enjoy conflict but found it tolerable when she practiced law because it was tightly regulated by rules and procedures. Sajna says she is distressed by the trend toward discord that is prevalent in our institutions, communities, and families. She fears cultural dysfunction is setting in regarding matters of disputation, negotiation, and resistance to compromise. She believes it is possible to overcome this cultural pathology if we are willing to change our mindset about how to approach conflict.
Sajna believes that a shift in thinking and behavior toward conflict resolution will require society to repudiate what is typically modeled in politics and the media. She believes things will improve when we are able to address issues without infusing personal animus into the equation.