Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
May 15, 2015
- GCORR – Literal and Virtual Fences – Barbara Michelman shares an important message from the superintendent of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi describes the literal and virtual fences that separate us from one another and shares ideas for making positive change.
She described an ecumenical clergy gathering with Sandtown-Winchester community members, some of whom are in gangs. “One of the clergy members said to a gang member, ‘I want to hear your pain.’” Moore-Koikoi said that the gang member responded, “First of all, it’s not my pain, it’s our pain. Until you recognize that, we cannot move forward.”
- Restorative Justice Council: Recovering from Crime – Ever wanted to know what a restorative justice conference looks like? This film is based on a transcript of an actual restorative justice meeting between a burglary vicim and her offender. Click here to watch the video.
- Baptist News: 4 Ways tension will make your church a better congregation – Amy Butler shows how tension in churches is necessary for congregations to move forward and grow, and she offers 4 suggestions on how to positively engage tension in ways that take steps towards a positive outcome.
A member of my congregation recently came to see me and we agreed: tension is absolutely necessary in any congregation that wants to welcome the future. The truth of the matter is: any congregation that wants to be part of the future of the Church — whatever that will be — must be ready and willing to welcome whatever will come.ar.
- The Nation: Two Very Different Ways to Punish Killer Cops – Alex Vitale explores what a restorative justice process might look like for the officers accused of killing Freddie Gray and what benefits it could bring to the community at large.
Perhaps we would learn more about the nature of police culture and why it so frequently treats young men of color as less than human. Heartfelt accounts from actual police officers about the callousness of their actions and attitudes might lead to some real soul searching on the part of police officers, political leaders, and the public about the caustic nature of much of police culture as well as possible solutions.
- Desmond & Leah Tutu Foundation: Truth and Reconciliation is just the beginning, Tutu’s granddaughter tells teens – Nyaniso Burris, 18, granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu stresses the importance of sticking with efforts like the truth and reconciliation process to move beyond violence and atrocities towards healing and peace.
It’s possible to forgive one another for the cruelty humans inflict — South African apartheid, Canada’s residential schools — but true forgiveness can take a lifetime of practice, warns the scrappy teenaged granddaughter of a world icon of forgiveness, Desmond Tutu.
- Circle Space – Restorative Justice Circles with and for Veterans: Restorative Justice practitioner, Kris Miner, has created a training resource to use when training Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles for Veterans. Click here to download it.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- October 28-31st, 2015 – Pathways to Hope: Recovering from the Invisible Wounds of War – Leawood, KS. A project of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School in partnership with the Church of the Resurrection. This conference will educate service providers, medical care-givers, congregations, community and religious leaders, and veterans and their families about the struggles of reintegration into civilian society for those who have served in the military.