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It is with deep sadness that the staff and Board of Directors of The Conflict Center announce the passing of former Board member and long-time supporter McNeil “Mac” Fiske on Tuesday, September 29. Mr. Fiske served as Board Treasurer for The Conflict Center from 1994 to 2003, and continued to share his fiscal expertise with The Conflict Center’s executive leadership and Finance Committee for many years after his board service ended. Mr. Fiske was predeceased by his wife Tiena in 2012, and is survived by their three children – Neil, Lucy, and Julia – and many grandchildren. We hope you will join us in keeping Mac’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.Read More
Elizabeth Loescher, founder of The Conflict Center, passed away early Sunday morning
after a valiant struggle with cancer. She died at home surrounded by her family, as was her wish. Ms. Loescher, known as Liz by friends and colleagues, was a dedicated educator and peacemaker who devoted her life to improving the lives of others through teaching violence prevention skills to children and adults.
Ms. Loescher founded The Conflict Center in 1987 and ran the organization out of her basement for the first few years of its existence. As a teacher, Ms. Loescher saw first-hand how conflict in classrooms interfered with students’ ability to learn and how much instructional time teachers lost because of having to referee those conflicts. Ms. Loescher turned this need into an opportunity by creating a new curriculum to teach students how to handle their own conflicts without resorting to violence. The curriculum she devised is called Peacemaking Made Practical and was originally designed for elementary school students, but has since been adapted for middle and high school students. This curriculum has proven to be effective based on empirical data and forms the basis for much of The Conflict Center’s work today. Over its 28 year history The Conflict Center has served over 170,000 individuals by teaching and modeling skills to prevent violence, encourage better communication and problem-solving, and build stronger relationships. Ms. Loescher retired from The Conflict Center in 2002. During her active retirement she spent time with her children and grandchildren, and in 2010 she was a key player in the establishment of a second violence prevention organization, The Georgia Conflict Center located in Athens, Georgia.
Michael Hoops, immediate past President of The Conflict Center’s Board of Directors, had this to say: “I’m sad to hear the news that one of my heroes has passed. I feel a tremendous responsibility to keep her mission alive.”
Ron Ludwig, The Conflict Center’s Executive Director, commented: “Liz was a great woman and one of the true peacemakers in my life. We are honored to continue her legacy and her mission of peacemaking.” Mr. Ludwig also spoke of the growth The Conflict Center experienced during its fifteen years of operating under her leadership. When The Conflict Center outgrew its operating space in the mid-1990s, Liz directed a capital campaign that got and fully renovated the building that now houses The Conflict Center. The three-year campaign was successful without ever incurring any debt or mortgage on the property, which enabled The Conflict Center to continue operating with comparatively low overhead and to offer violence prevention skills to all members of the community regardless of socioeconomic status.
Liz is survived by her children Jeff Loescher (and wife Carol), Mick Loescher (and wife Erin), and Suzy Loescher Quinlan (and husband Jeff), and eight grandchildren.
There will be a rosary service on Friday 9/18 at 7pm, and a funeral mass on Saturday 9/19 at 1pm. Both will be held at 10:30 Catholic Community, 1100 Fillmore St., Denver CO.Read More
Do you want to build a peaceful community?
Do you want to learn how to build a community where discipline is handled in a restorative way?
Do you wish you could find peaceful approaches to harm and problem-solving?
If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions then Restorative Justice training at The Conflict Center may be for you!
Restorative Justice (RJ) is a value–based approach that includes communication, reparation, reintegration, healing, responsibility and most of all respect. The process gives the victim a voice and the opportunity for reparation and healing, being able to ask questions to the wrongdoer in a guided and safe environment. It also provides the possibility for the wrongdoer to take responsibility for his/her acts and be part of the decision making to repair the harm in a constructive way.
The Conflict Center is offering a series of three Restorative Justice workshops this fall:
- Restorative Justice Principles I: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
- Restorative Justice Principles II: Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
- Restorative Justice Principles III: Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
All of the above workshops will take place at The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon St., Denver CO 80211. CEU credits are available. Each workshop includes a one-hour break for lunch, which is not provided. Details of each workshop are provided below.
Restorative Justice Principles I
During this workshop participants will be able to: explore Restorative Justice and Restorative Discipline principles; understand the differences between punishment vs. discipline; learn how to establish a culture of accountability amongst youth and adults; gain insight into power struggles and authority; practice how to facilitate RJ circles; and establish a network of individuals with an RJ lens.
Restorative Justice Principles II
Prerequisite: RJ Principles I. This workshop is for individuals who: have had previous basic Restorative Justice training or attended Restorative Principles I workshop; are looking for more RJ practice; are interested in actual RJ opportunities in the community; and are interested in volunteering for The Conflict Center’s RJ program
This session will provide participants with the skills, knowledge, and ability to practice restorative justice approaches. Participants will learn how to apply restorative justice to their specific community needs. With Restoratative Justice II, paricipants move beyond RJ theory and become RJ practitioners.
Restorative Justice Principles III
Prerequisite: RJ Principles I and II. This workshop is for individuals who: have attended RJI and RJ 2 workshops; are looking for more opportunities to practice RJ; are interested in actual RJ opportunities; and are interested in volunteering for The Conflict Center’s RJ program. This session will provide the participants with the skills, knowledge, and ability to practice restorative justice approaches. Participants will learn how to apply restorative justice to their specific school program. With Restorative Justice 3, participants will be actively engaged in the restorative process and should be able to demonstrate RJ skills. Elements contained in this workshop include: steps for initiating a school-based RJ program with support and coaching from The Conflict Center; post-RJ questionnaire and two-week follow-up process; data tracking of school-based RJ activities; mentoring new RJ facilitators and volunteers; addressing defiance in the RJ circle; and school-specific role plays.
The cost for each workshop is $99.00 per session if you register at least one week before the date of the workshop. (After this period ends each workshop is $120.00) HOWEVER, for a limited time The Conflict Center is offering a special rate for those who choose to register for the full series. If you register for all three workshop in one transaction by September 21, each workshop will be only $89, or a total of $267 for all three workshops. This is a savings of $93
off the regular price for each workshop!
Please join us to explore Restorative Justice, and thanks for being part of The Conflict Center family!