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Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it – at the heart of respectable society Listen to the audio version of this long read Tuesday 30 May 2017 05.30 BST (Last modified on Wednesday 31 May 2017 17.04 BST) by Reni Eddo-Lodge WN: The piece highlighted below is riveting and powerful. It complements another brilliant piece, "White Fragility".…

The Inside-Out Gospel

Rehabilitating Our Criminal Justice System By Rev. Michael F. Blevins, J.D., M.Div., LL.M. Executive Director of the NE Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc., Decorah, IA The article is also located here. An excerpt: The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.3 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails—an astounding 500% increase over the past thirty years. These trends have resulted in inhumane prison overcrowding and state governments being overwhelmed…

The Sex Offender as Scapegoat

Vigilante Violence and a Faith Community Response by Hugh Kirkegaard & Wayne Northey It was my friend Hugh Kirkegaard who inspired this paper; had worked closely in Toronto (as Community Chaplain, Correctional Services of Canada (CSC) - now (2014) Director of Chaplaincy, Atlantic Region, CSC) with Bobby Oatway. He arranged for funding for us to attend the COV&R (Colloquium on Violence and Religion) conference at Emory University, Atlanta in 1999. It has been translated, published…

Creating New Hearts: Moving From Retributive to Restorative Justice

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference: A Pastoral Letter to the Catholic People of New Zealand Wednesday August 30, 1995 - Wellington. Signed, The New Zealand Catholic Bishops This call was powerful and prophetic. An excerpt: Restoration was the primary focus of biblical justice systems. Despite the widely popular misuse of the concept of lex talionis, the law of proportionality, as expressed in the notion 'an eye for an eye,' biblical tradition has a restorative focus.…

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