ACU staff members to speak at conflict resolution conference


For immediate release
Sept. 14, 2001

Two Abilene Christian University staff members will serve as featured speakers at the fourth annual Conflict Transformation Conference on Sept. 20-21 in Grapevine.

The conference, organized by ACU's Center for Conflict Resolution, is designed to help church and community leaders deal with conflict within their congregations and organizations. Issues such as cultural diversity and ministry involvement in the community also will be discussed. Joe L. Cope, executive director of the CCR, and Charles Siburt, professor of graduate Bible and asociate dean for ministry and church service, will join other speakers from around the country at the conference. "It's an opportunity for people to get an introduction to conflict resolution skills if they've not had any prior experience," Cope said. The capstone speaker will be Raul Gonzalez, an Austin attorney and former Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Cope said Gonzalez will deliver an excellent message, especially considering his extensive legal background. "Judge Gonzalez will have a unique perspective as an attorney spending a lot of time with church people in mediation settings," Cope said. "He'll be a strong speaker." Ministers, counselors, teachers and other human resource professionals are encouraged to attend the conference, which will be held at the Embassy Suites Outdoor World facility. Registration costs $250, which includes lunch on both days. Hotel reservations must be made separately.

Those interested may register by contacting Cope at 915-674-2015. Participants can register as late as noon Sept. 19.

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