February 25, 2014

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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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