spirituality

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…

Spirituality of Penal Abolition

WN: Ruth Morris, Canadian Quaker who won numerous humanitarian awards, invited me to present this paper at ICOPA IX in 2000. ICOPA stands for: International Conference on Penal Abolition. It was the ninth conference, held in Toronto, where the first such conference, then on "Prison Abolition", was held, also organized by Ruth. The paper was prepared for a book of readings from the conference, one that never happened. Ruth was a dear friend who died…

Paul and Christian Social Responsibility

Paul and Christian Social Responsibility WN: New Testament scholar Chris Marshall first published this piece in 2000. This, read conjointly with Pamela Eisenbaum's previous piece on this site, points to my belief that other than Jesus, Paul was the most radical social reformer the world has ever seen! He was decidedly not: - misogynist - anti-semitic - perverse founder of a new faith called "Christianity" over against Judaism - socially status quo He was quite…

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…

David Cayley of CBC Ideas for over 30 years Presents…

Greetings all. About 25 years ago, I wrote to David Cayley in response to a CBC Ideas series broadcast on the program by that name. (CBC is Canada's public broadcasting network). It was a series of interviews with noted Norwegian criminologist Nils Christie. I wrote to Cayley, expressing my appreciation. That began a friendship that has endured. Cayley retired in 2012. I amongst others (I'm sure) encouraged him to make his hundreds of hours of…

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