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Volume 2, Number 2, Feb 2002

Conflict and the Campus Community

Parker Palmer, a Quaker philosopher, has pulled together some of his thoughts regarding conflict and the nature of community in modern colleges and universities.

In his article, titled "Community, Conflict, and Ways of Knowing: Ways to Deepen our Educational Agenda", he notes

Community is not opposed to conflict. On the contrary, community is precisely that place where an arena for creative conflict is protected by the compassionate fabric of human caring itself. If you ask what holds community together, what makes this capacity for relatedness possible, the only honest answer I can give brings me to that dangerous realm called the spiritual. The only answer I can give is that what makes community possible is love.

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