Not all problems are created equal. Some problems are tame — they can be defined and solved to everyone’s satisfaction. Other problems are hard to define, and so hard to solve. These problems aren’t tame, they’re wicked, as in wicked hard.
Unlike tame problems, wicked problems are essentially unique. We can’t just apply a solution that’s worked elsewhere for a different problem “like this one.”
Wicked problems, like origins and sexuality, are hard, if not impossible, to define. They are hard to solve for everyone’s satisfaction. They are challenging, frustrating and divisive. They cause conflict. Watch this video to learn more:
“The Colossian Way has increased my capacity to engage conflict in ways that build up, rather than tear down, the Body of Christ. When conflict emerges, I still feel afraid and avoidant, but I more quickly reorient to seeing opportunity. What can I learn? How might God’s Spirit move? How can I show love to others?”
Jenell Paris, Messiah College