24 June 2024

Faith Issues in Dispute Resolution

Faith can become a significant contextual issue in disputes. In this session, Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence explores some of lessons and experiences he has encountered during his career in Jewish community leadership and interfaith dialogue.  He has a passion for facilitating difficult conversations between representatives of different faiths. Sometimes faith emerges as the key to understanding a complex value system, underpinning participants’ real but unexpressed concerns.   We shall consider
  • participants holding differing levels of religiosity
  • assumptions mediators might make about terminology
  • what mediators might miss about different approaches to texts and spirituality.
We shall discuss disclosures which might trigger a religious equivalent of a duty to report.  


Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence spent almost 30 years in the rabbinate serving as senior minister at the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, The Great Synagogue, Sydney and “Kinloss” (Finchley United Synagogue), London.  For almost twenty years he worked closely with the Sydney Beth Din (Rabbinic Court). He has recently completed advanced courses in mediation and is on the SEND Register of special educational needs mediators, working with  Collis Mediation Ltd.  He has his own online mediation consultancy MediationWorks Online Ltd (www.mediationworks.online) Rabbi Lawrence’s commitment to managing difficult discussions and looking for collaborative and constructive and outcomes is borne of rich experience at the helm of congregational leadership, interfaith dialogue and representation of the Jewish community to local and national government.   Non members may book using the Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/faith-issues-in-dispute-resolution-tickets-929640568967