Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
October 2nd, 2015
- Fuller Youth Initiative – Help Students to Embrace a Justice that Restores – Johanna Turner and Mary Glenn discuss restorative justice and how it can be used in youth ministry contexts.
Through restorative justice, students can identify and resolve conflicts, restore values, repair relationships, and establish dignity while learning the building blocks of peacemaking.
- Huffington Post – A Call to Leadership: Strategies for Building Restorative Communities – Dr. Artika R. Tyner argues that restorative justice can be a key tool for leaders to facilitate dialogues, manage conflicts, and strengthen communities.
“Leaders are called upon to build new bridges, promote the common good, and uplift others. Restorative justice can serve as an indispensable tool for achieving these goals. Restorative justice focuses on the interrelatedness of the human experience and offers an alternative framework for resolving conflict and the resulting harm. It seeks to address the question of how to “make things right.”
- San Francisco Chronicle – Forgiveness Doesn’t Mean Reconciliation – Megan Feldman Bettencourt, author of “Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World,” writes about the important distinction between forgiveness and reconciliation.
Forgiveness can certainly set the stage for reconciliation, and in Rwanda, I met genocide survivors and perpetrators whose process of seeking and granting forgiveness enabled them to live as friends. Yet in certain cases, particularly when a relationship becomes abusive, continued contact is destructive.
- Haley Jones – Reconciliation: a Facilitator’s Goal or Privileged Dream? Haley Jones, a graduate from Boston University School of Theology and former intern at JustPeace, is now interning at Coventry Cathedral with their Reconciliation Ministry. In her recent blog post she explores the meaning and definition of reconciliation and the role of facilitators in the process.
“We are called to be reconcilers but we do not create reconciliation between people. We create moments for encounter where there is freedom for the Spirit to move in the name of an undeniable love. God sparks reconciliation, and in the meantime, we learn to remember and celebrate the dignity of all beings and things on the journey.”
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- Oct 15 – 17th, 2015 – Do No Harm 2015 – Best Practices for Health, Accountability and Wholeness – Chicago, IL. Do No Harm will provide the space for The United Methodist Church to look issues of sexual misconduct directly in the eye while developing preventative and responsive solutions in order to have vital congregations. Organized by the Interagency Sexual Ethics Task Force of The United Methodist Church (IASETF) coordinated by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW).
- 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.
- Nov 12 – 15, 2015 – Lake Junaluska Peace Conference (Lake Junaluska, NC) – Advance the work of reconciliation and peace by learning peace making and contemplative practices from the Abrahamic traditions. The 2015 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference leadership includes Dr. Sam Wells, Rabia Terri Harris, Rabbi Or Rose, and Yuval Ron.
- Dec 3, 2015 – The Power of Stories: Moving Beyond “Them and Us” – Public Conversations Project workshop in Boston, MA. This workshop offers tools and structures for harnessing the power of stories to move beyond stereotypes and fear, bringing “Us” and “Them” into relationship through understanding.
- June 14 – 17, 2016 – Restorative Justice in Motion: Building a Movement – Eastern Mennonite University’s Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice in Harrisonburg, VA. Convening a space to discuss our collective roles in the restorative justice movement’s gathering momentum.