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Wigg-Stevenson, Natalie (2010). An Unofficial Funeral: Imagining Restorative Justice and Reconciliation at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. Worship Magazine.84 (5): 420-431

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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