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By No Means Easy: Responding to Conflict in Personal Life
“I’m glad we went through that process before he died,” I recently told my pastor. Jay had been speaking of the death of a long-time member who had participated in a number of church conflicts over the years. The process I referred to was a series of meetings with the individual to discuss the impact of letters he had sent during the past two years to the entire congregation on several contentious issues. These letters created various harms to individual church members as well as to the church family in general. In reflecting on the loss of Mr. M., I couldn’t help but feel that the meetings provided an avenue for church leadership to both express care for him and be open to listening to his positions and the concerns behind them.
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Restorative justice: A biblical view of justice
from the entry by TM Moore at ColseonCenter.org: We are obligated to live justly toward our neighbors, and, in part, that requires that we take appropriate preventive steps to guard his wellbeing and property. The statute cited in our text above reflects the third facet of the Biblical teaching on justice, which we may refer to as restorative justice. According to the Law of God, when injustice has occurred, whoever is responsible for it must take steps to set things right again.
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Restorative terminology: A modest proposal
by Dan Van Ness Howard Zehr suggests that at the core of restorative justice are the values of respect, responsibility and relationship. Respect for others, genuine responsibility that acknowledges the true extent to which my actions affect others, and a recognition that the universe is relational and not merely material, all are reflected in what we call restorative justice. But should we apply that term to all attempts to follow those values?For example, is civility restorative justice? I just received an email message from a group called Civilination whose mission "is to foster an online culture where every person can freely participate in a democratic, open, rational and truth-based exchange of ideas and information, without fear or threat of being the target of unwarranted abuse, harassment, or lies." In other words, they want online culture to reflect respect, responsibility and relationships. They believe their work is connected to restorative justice and wanted us to inform our readers of their important work (which we've now done!).
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Comment Biblical view of justice
I may be wrong, but it seems to me that the single greatest hurdle in the path of true justice as detailed in the Bible, [...]
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Comment Restorative Terminology
Bravo, Dan, well-put. I think you have articulated the dilemma very well and I agree with your distinction between, and use of, terminology. Nicely done.
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Comment Restorative Terminology
I like this. The field and movement has gotten to the point where we need more language and to describe what we mean. It started [...]
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Comment the language that we use~
Thanks, Dan. Interesting post. I do not think that efforts to promote civility are restorative justice, per se. Glad to see it, however! It seems [...]
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Comment restorative practices for living justly
Ted Wachtel and the folks at IIRP have done a seamless job of helping me think about and communicate the ideas of restorative practices and [...]
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Comment Keeping an eye on potential supporters and advocates
I respect the desire to focus on systemic reforms, primarily the in the justice system. My concern, however, is that RJ advocates and practitioners might [...]
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Comment Restorative Practices
I think Dan’s proposal for “restorative living” is an interesting way of expanding the general consciousness about restorative justice and restorative practices. Thanks Dan, for [...]
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