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rji-logo-8-12-m-howard2-656x403In this month to remember the place of violence in our times, I offer two video links that speak to restorative practices as hopeful alternatives to fighting fire with fire.

Restorative Justice International shares this video produced by the UK’s Ministry of Justice – featuring Shad Ali.

Often victims of violent crime have no where to go to find the answers they seek after they have been victimized.

Through restorative justice processes healing, on some level, can occur as victims and offenders meet. For offenders it is a chance to take direct responsibility for the crimes they have committed.

The fruit that comes from restorative justice processes varies. Sometimes forgiveness comes but it is never expected or urged. We bring you Shad’s story:


“Sometimes forgiveness comes” – sometimes you wait; sometimes you are surprised when it is given to you; and sometimes you are surprised when you are capable of giving it yourself.

Repairing the Harm

In response to an act of senseless vandalism by a group of three teenagers, see Restorative Justice: Repairing the Harm (tinkertaylor.tv):

Restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

This video looks at the how the thoughtless actions of a group of local teenagers affected a small community and how the restorative process had a positive effect for both sides.

May this find you forgiven and forgiving…

See “… The Paradox of Forgiveness”