Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
February 28, 2015
- Boston University’s Religion & Conflict Transformation Program – Restorative Circles at Renewal House – Jolie Olivetti, an MDiv student at BU shares her experiences as an intern at Renewal House, a domestic violence shelter. Read her reflections on the importance and power of the circle process.
This internship afforded me the opportunity to reflect theologically on the type of work that I’d like to do after seminary. Conversations with my theological supervisor helped reveal the theological problems of a stark divide between the roles of “staff” and “client,” which disrupts our common humanity. As discussed in my reflection papers, I find great truth in the idea that we are all simultaneously wounded and resilient, and that we are all from the same divine origin.
- United Methodist Men – Virtual Violence – Larry Malone, former former director of men’s ministry for the United Methodist Men, responds to the American Sniper film and examines the results of virtual violence while considering ways to heal wounded warriors.
“Killing in the name of national defense and protection of others is sometimes necessary, but extreme violence for any reason is a soul-wounding experience. Human moral boundaries are trespassed when we become agents in the death transaction, and the soul becomes the host of a wound that seeks relief and healing.”
- NYT – The Act of Rigorous Forgiving – David Brooks weighs in on the Brian Williams controversy with a call for “rigorous forgiveness:” that balances accountability with compassion.
“Of particular relevance to this case is that it is far more possible through restorative justice than in the mainstream system to identify and begin to address the systemic social problems that brought about these deplorable actions in the first place.”
- U.S. Navy Chaplain Corp: The Role of Spiritual Care to Heal Moral Injury – Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben recently spoke at a conference of religious and mental health partners in care entitled: Moral Injury and Soul Repair. The US Navy Chaplain Corp website published an excerpt from her remarks. – Rebecca Knight gives practical advice on handling difficult conversations in the workplace in a way that creates better outcomes for you and the person you’re talking to, while keeping your relationships intact.
What I am suggesting is that we explore – well before the counseling moment occurs – our own experience of grief, and guilt, and moral injury. But it isn’t just a matter of knowing what the grief is like. It isn’t just a matter of identifying with the feelings of guilt and shame. It’s a matter of knowing from experience – and faith – that there is healing. Whether you are a chaplain, a mental health provider, a family member, a friend – you each have sounded the depths of pain and grief. It’s a part of the human experience.
- Churchleaders.com – A Beginner’s Guide to Conversations About Race – Bob Lupton encourages church leaders to engage in conversations about race in America and offers some helpful advice for starting.
Race in America is a subject that’s been in the public eye a great deal the last few months. Discussions on race and history and justice in this country are important. God’s shalom fosters communities where brokenness is restored and reconciliation is present. We desire to see God’s shalom present in our communities, our country and our world.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- April 12th – 13th, 2015: “Moral Injury and Soul Repair: Recovering from Invisible Wounds: This conference at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX will teach strategies and tools to enable better spiritual, mental, and psychological health in our nations veterans, their families, caregivers, and all who love them. Community and congregational leaders will deepen their understanding of moral injury and the struggle of many after leaving military service, as well as others who work under conditions of extremity and life-and-death decisions, such as first responders and law enforcement. Registration to open on 2/16/15.
- April 17th- 19th, 2015: The “Re-Visioning Justice in America” Conference: This conference will be held at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN. Registration will open in early January 2015. Please check back here for the link for full conference information and registration. Keynote speakers include Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson and Howard Zehr.
- April 21 – 23, 2015: FaithCARE – Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches: This FaithCARE training in Whitby, Ontario is scheduled for April 21 – 23, 2015 and is offered in partnership with the Eastern Canada Christian and Missionary Alliance. This training is open to anyone. For more information and for the complete conference brochure, visit this link.