theology

The Two Great Commandments and Prison Ministry

This was my first devotional as new Executive Director given at M2/W2’s  Annual General Meeting, May 21, 1998. I began as ED April 1, 1998. An excerpt: Matthew 22:35-40 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:”Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first…

Is There A Place For Dreaming?

Restorative Justice and International State Conflict Scholar-In-Residence Public Lecture Saint Paul University, September 13, 2007 The title was of a wonderful song by singer/songwriter, Ken Medema, from his album, “In the Dragon’s Jaws” (no date), that I played at the end of the presentation. The occasion?: The end of a six-month sabbatical (April to September 2007) wherein I was the first (guinea pig!) "Scholar-In-Residence" at the above university in their Conflict Studies Department. The university…

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 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…

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…

The Spirituality of Penal Abolition

ICOPA IX Presentation 2000 Noted Canadian Quaker activist and author Dr. Ruth Morris was the main organizer of the above annual event, that year in Toronto. She later was a recipient of Correctional Services Canada’s Restorative Justice Award, and of The Order of Canada. Her death from cancer (September 17, 2001) was a huge loss to the Restorative Justice field, which she preferred referring to as Transformative Justice. I presented on this theme at the…

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.…

Wayne Northey

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