Restorative justice funding reinstated

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MCC welcomes the Canadian government announcement that it will provide nearly $7.5 million over five years to Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA), which helps convicted sex offenders…

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A hard look at Canada

Monday, February 27, 2017

Yours, Mine, Ours: Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery  Cheryl Woelk, Steve Heinrichs, eds. Mennonite Church Canada I do not especially enjoy thinking about the systemic causes of my…

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CMU Face2Face: Restorative Justice

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Face2Face: On Campus – Community in Conversation Restorative Justice: Soft on Crime or Building Community Security? What roles do incarceration, punishment and restorative justice play in building security?…

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Theatre tour preaches gospel of reconciliation

Monday, April 1, 2013

“Reconciliation takes in every facet of life, every relationship – in easy places and hard places,” says MCC restorative justice coordinator Stephen Siemens; “It’s exciting when lives are transformed.”

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Prairie school extends reach

Friday, February 1, 2013

New partners and world-wide impact are within the reach of 85-year-old, rural Bible school Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., building on its pedagogical strengths by engaging in partnership with…

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What the gospel says about public safety

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Last fall, Mennonite Central Committee urged constituents to express concern to their MPs over the punitive focus of the proposed Bill C-10, and its lack of new initiatives for crime prevention or rehabilitation strategies.

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God’s love incarnate in a jail cell

Thursday, January 1, 2009

“Can you help me?” asked the voice over the phone. Usually when I receive such a call my impulse is to hang up, particularly when I’m unable to…

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“Ain’t gonna study war no more”

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bobby Oatway was a horrific sex offender. Some 15 years ago, when released on parole, he was run out of a B.C. city before he’d even moved there, and landed in a halfway house in Toronto. He was eventually run out of there by local town councillors and upstanding Torontonians.

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Changing Paradigms: Punishment and Restorative Discipline

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Paul Redekop
Is punishment all bad?
Professor Paul Redekop – unrelated to this reviewer – has written a challenging book with a novel thesis: “The practice of punishment cannot be justified on moral, religious, or utilitarian grounds. Just as we long ago abandoned other forms of ritual sacrifice, so we now [need] to do the same with punishment…

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