February 2014

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“Not Enough!” and International Restorative Justice

Colloquium on Violence & Religion (COV&R) Presentation, May 31 – June 4, 2006, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada WN: When I finally decided to register to present a paper at my friend Vern Redekop’s urging (he was the Conference host), there was only a slot left under French language workshops. I immediately asked two bilingual colleagues about doing a “quickie” translation for me. Neither had the time (understandably!). When I arrived by noon at the conference site,…

Restorative Justice Stories – MCCC 50th Anniversary, December 14, 2013

WN: This paper was presented in Winnipeg exactly 50 years after 40 men(!) gathered to establish Mennoninte Central Committee Canada: 43 years after its US counterpart had been founded. It was a privilege to have been part of the “story-telling” on that occasion. (If the notice is kept on the website, see: MCCC 50th Anniversary.) Esther Epp-Tiessen’s book, Mennonite Central Committee in Canada was also launched that weekend. Paul Bramadat, Director of Centre for Studies…

Restorative Justice and Spiritual Origins

November 19, 2004 I cannot recall where this was published/presented. A similar article also on this website ("Restorative Justice Stories - MCCC 50th Anniversary, December 14, 2013") was presented nine years later in Winnipeg exactly on the MCCC 50th anniversay weekend, and on the occasion of the launching of Esther Epp-Tiessen's book, Mennonite Central Committee in Canada. An excerpt: Anthropologist René Girard notes: “In the Hebrew Bible, there is clearly a dynamic that moves in…

Restorative Reintegration

Sixth International Conference on Restorative Justice, “Best Practices in Restorative Justice”, June 1, 2003 An excerpt: For over 25 years, the terminology of “Restorative Justice” has had increasingly wider acceptance and resonance within criminal justice jurisdictions around the world. As has come widely to be acknowledged, Restorative Justice is more than an alternative approach to criminal justice, it is ideally a “paradigm shift”, a genuine “third way” of seeing and responding to the crime phenomenon.…

Restorative Justice Vision and Spirituality

Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Presentation, Langley Canadian Reformed Church, March 5, 2005 I was grateful to co-present at this evening with current MP Mark Warawa, a former volunteer with M2/W2 Association. It was politically a stretch, but the church is all about "strange bedfellows" brought together in the messiness of God's grace. The article about the presentation on the ARPA website is here: ARPA RJ Presentation. An excerpt: I have been tasked to…

Punishment and Retribution

An Attempt to Delimit Their Scope in New Testament Thought By C.F.D. Moule The following is from the "Preface" of the MCC (Mennonite Central Committee "Occasional Paper" Publication, 1990) edition: Ever since I first saw a footnote about this essay (in William Klassen’s Release to Those in Prison, Herald Press, 1977), I was very taken with its central thesis “...that the word ‘punishment’ and other words related to it (especially ‘retribution’) have, if used in…

Call For a Church Apology Vis À Vis Crime and Punishment

Under recently changed Canadian law that removed "Pardon" from legal vocabulary, such a proposed "church apology" would keep the Western church perpetually guilty! Ironically, the Prime Minister and recent Minister of Public Safety who brought in this legislative change were church members themselves!... Hoisted on their own petard perhaps?... An excerpt: It is proposed that Western Churches issue an apology to all parties to crime for the past millennium of inappropriate response to crime promulgated…

Spirituality Evaluation of Restorative Justice

Sixth International Conference on Restorative Justice, “Best Practices in Restorative Justice”, June 4, 2003 An excerpt: A few years ago, at a VOMA (Victim Offender Mediation Association) conference in Des Moines, Iowa, I saw a plaintive note on a bulletin board: DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY RESTORATIVE JUSTICE VIDEO RESOURCES THAT ARE NOT RELIGIOUS?! Restorative Justice in North America, birthplace of its contemporary worldwide expression from within criminal justice systems, grew out of a religious…

Restorative Justice and Prison Visitation

WN: The following was written for the Mennonite Brethren Herald, and published August 2001. This was also typical of similar articles and presentations while I worked with M2/W2 Association (eventually known fully under my leadership as Man-To-Man/Woman-To-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries). I was a volunteer with the program beginning in 1974, and never stopped visiting prisoners until the year of my retirement, 2014. I was first on staff with the program from 1980 to 1989, and…

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