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Restorative Justice: Weekly Summary

Restorative Justice Saturday, September 12, 2020 Summary: Sunday, September 6—Friday, September 11, 2020 Our best self wants to restore relationships, and not just blame or punish. This is the “economy of grace” and an operative idea of restorative justice. (Sunday) Jesus, who represents God, usually transforms people at the moments when they most hate themselves,… Continue Reading Restorative Justice: Weekly Summary

Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy

Restorative Justice Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy Friday, September 11, 2020 Love is the motive, but justice is the instrument. —Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971) Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. [1] In his book Just Mercy: A Story… Continue Reading Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy

A Healing Process

Restorative Justice A Healing Process Thursday, September 10, 2020 When human beings admit to one another “the exact nature of our wrongs,” as the Twelve Steps recommend, we invariably have a human and humanizing encounter that deeply enriches both sides. It is no longer an exercise to achieve moral purity, or regain God’s love, but in fact… Continue Reading A Healing Process

Justice in Relationship

Restorative Justice Justice in Relationship Wednesday, September 9, 2020 Fania E. Davis is a civil rights attorney, writer, scholar, and the founding director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth. She explains that through engaging in a relational process of repairing harm, restorative justice is: A justice that seeks not to punish, but to heal. A… Continue Reading Justice in Relationship

Making Amends

Restorative Justice Making Amends Tuesday, September 8, 2020 So what are we restoring? For me it’s about returning to the part of us that really wants to be connected to one another in a good way. Returning to the goodness inherent in all of us. —Fania Davis For justice to be truly restorative, we must… Continue Reading Making Amends

Restorative Love

Restorative Justice Restorative Love Monday, September 7, 2020 As we read the Bible, God does not change as much as our knowledge of God evolves. I certainly recognize there are many biblical passages that present God as punitive and retributive, but we must stay with the text—and observe how we gradually let God grow up.… Continue Reading Restorative Love

Restoring Relationships

Restorative Justice Restoring Relationships Sunday, September 6, 2020 Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. —James Baldwin (1924–1987) Almost all religions and cultures that I know of have believed in one way or another that sin and evil are to be punished and that retribution… Continue Reading Restoring Relationships

God’s Dream for Creation

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three God’s Dream for Creation Wednesday, August 26, 2020 In times of Disorder and deconstruction, we long for Reorder on a personal level—to be made new and whole again. But the Scriptures tell us that restoration will also happen on a communal, planetary, and even universal level! Jim Antal, a climate… Continue Reading God’s Dream for Creation

The Disorder of Dismantling Racism

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two The Disorder of Dismantling Racism Tuesday, August 18, 2020 The universal pattern of transformation I’m writing about these three weeks is not limited to religious or spiritual growth. Nor is it only individuals that are invited to make the journey. Whole churches and even cultures experience times of disorder and… Continue Reading The Disorder of Dismantling Racism

Change Comes from the Inside

Being Peaceful Change Change Comes from the Inside Monday, July 27, 2020 As we come to know our soul gift more clearly, we almost always have to let go of some other “gifts” so we can do our one or two things with integrity. Such letting go frees us from always being driven by what… Continue Reading Change Comes from the Inside

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