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Transformative Justice Vision and Spirituality: M2/W2 Association and The Criminal Justice System

This paper was done in May 2002 for a presentation at a Correctional Service of Canada institution. I do not recall the particular arrangements. An excerpt: Violence is the Ethos of our Times “Violence is the ethos of our times”, begins one writer’s robust assessment of contemporary Western culture (Wink, Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination, 1992, p. 13). By “violence” is meant the deliberate infliction of harm upon another…

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…

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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