Blessed Are the Peacemakers

I'm REALLY looking forward to this coming weekend, when Cobblestone will host a team from Peacemaker Ministries, and present a one-day inter-denominational conference on “Biblical Peacemaking (Applying the Gospel to Conflicts of Daily Life)” on Saturday, September 12, from 9:30-3:30 at The Loft, 4191 Kehr Road in Oxford. Participants will be equipped to keep disagreements from escalating; resolve disputes in families, workplaces, churches, and communities; and maintain friendships, preserve marriages, and build relationships that reflect Biblical principles. The total cost for the day, which includes lunch and conference materials, is $15, payable in advance or at the door. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the conference.

The event will be presented by Peacemaker Ministries International (, a group we've consulted with in recent years. We've found their materials and counsel to be very helpful. They were founded in 1982 under the auspices of the Christian Legal Society, which helped to establish many similar ministries throughout the United States. In 1987, many of these conciliation ministries joined together to form the Association of Christian Conciliation Services (ACCS) and merged into Peacemaker Ministries in 1993. The primary speakers for the day will be Paul Cornwell, a certified Christian conciliator and senior ministry & church consultant for Peacemaker Ministries, and Allison Haltom, a certified Christian conciliator and senior staff counselor with Live at Peace Ministries. Paul will also be the speaker at Cobblestone's worship celebrations next Sunday, September 13th, presenting the message, "Fire," the fourth in our five-part "SHIFT" series.

Interested? You can register in advance by emailing your name, address, and phone number to Ample parking is available at The Loft, and the facility is fully accessible to those with physical challenges. More information about the church and its ministries is available at

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