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New Project Aims to Educate Churches About Restorative Justice.
Continuing the tradition of calling the church take action on social issues, the Southern Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) will launch Project Help: Restorative Justice in June 2002. Taking as its theme “Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly”, the Project Help national task force has identified different ways that churches can provide services to those affected by crime and developed several ministry resources.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / June 2002 Edition
Church Council on Crime and Justice. "Is crime a faith issue?"
Some people may consider crime to be essentially a socio-political issue, with faith having little role to play in understanding it or devising a response to it. In this short piece, the Church Council on Justice and Corrections states fundamental reasons why crime is truly a faith issue.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
Sande, Ken. Is This a Time for Peacemaking or a Time for War?
The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 against targets in the United States caused many people around the world to reconsider fundamental questions of right and wrong. Ken Sande writes about those attacks from his perspectives as a Christian and as the president of an organization focused on principles and practices of conciliation and peacemaking.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
Van Ness, Daniel. Opening our eyes to injustice
In this essay, Van Ness addresses the issue of recognizing injustice. God acts to overcome injustice.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
Van Ness, Daniel. Shalom
In this brief essay, Van Ness sketches the fundamental elements of the idea of shalom as found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and connects shalom to understanding and responding to crime.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
Helping victims of clergy sexual abuse: Suggestions for Pope Benedict XVI:
from Robert M. Hoatson's post on Road to Recovery: Based on Road to Recovery’s on-the-ground experience helping the abused cope with the effects of their abuse, we offer to Pope Benedict and his colleagues in the hierarchy the following suggested action steps that will help restore clergy abuse victims to fullness of life (these steps do not preclude the necessary and/or statutory reporting of all crimes to local and/or national law enforcement):
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Wigg-Stevenson, Natalie. An Unofficial Funeral: Imagining Restorative Justice and Reconciliation at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison.
In this article we attend to a particular liturgical event to see how imagination helps us to perceive the manifestation of God's redemptive work amidst the particularity of human lives. Our unofficial ritualizing of Harmon's funeral required numerous imaginative moments that brought about redemption, reconciliation and genuine transformation in ways that reflected Harmon's life of presence to and work among the men of Riverbend. In remembering Harmon together, we also remembered the distinctive impact he had on each of our lives, an impact that had enabled us to imagine ourselves and each other as new creations, reconciled to each other by God's power. Our imaginative liturgy performance made present to us the Harmon we had known, the Christ who had always been revealed to us in Harmon's unconditional love, and the unconditional love of that Christ among us, drawing us towards each other in love. (Excerpt).
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File Johnston, Bradley. Justice that Heals: The Ten Words and Restorative Justice: Towards a Strategy for Compassionate Absolutes
We will seek to demonstrate that criminal justice theory should be grounded in the Ten Words God gave as part of His love-law revelation from Mount Sinai (sec. 2). Second, we will argue that modern-day restorative justice theory best executes the love-law vision of a Gracious God because it views criminal acts comprehensively as harmful to relationships and needing healing, not merely as abstract lawbreaking (sec. 3, 4).
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File Konkel, August. Biblical Perspective on Prison
The word prison occurs many times in the scriptures. Yet what we mean by prison would have been shocking to the peoples of ancient cultures. They could never have conceived of what we do with prisons.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File Konkel, August. Biblical Understanding of Justice and Mercy
Justice and mercy are the very essence of understanding the character of God. They must be understood truly, or an understanding of God will be distorted. At the same time they cannot be understood fully, for they are in some sense the antithesis of each other. To demand justice is to leave no place for mercy; to grant mercy is to yield justice.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online