978-1-57075-833-1 Ambassadors of Reconciliation - Volume II Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking
Elaine Enns, Ched Myers
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2010 Catholic Press Association Award Winner - 1st Place Social Concerns
Foreword by Howard Zehr
Models and inspiring profiles illustrate the challenge of peacemaking and reconciliation in the world, today.
This is the second of two volumes exploring a theology and practice of faith-rooted restorative justice and peacemaking. "Restorative justice" refers to a social movement that seeks to repair interpersonal, communal, and social injustices without recourse to violence or retribution. Its practitioners are peacemakers on the frontlines of human conflicts.
Volume I explored the New Testament foundation for this work. This volume analyzes the contemporary terrain of restorative justice and peacemaking in North America and profiles the exemplary work of nine practitioners who incarnate the scriptural vision in real life contexts of profound violence and injustice. Among the stories: A convicted drunk driver who dedicates his life to saving lives; the mother of a murder victim who becomes a leading opponent of the death penalty; Christian peacemakers who have risked their lives in Iraq; Native American leaders who have adopted nonviolent methods to overcome ancient wrongs.
“Whether old time activists or mediators, or new and younger Christians, all will find fresh wisdom and encouragement here to rebuild and widen the many Christian movements for restorative justice and peacemaking."–John Dear, author, Living Peace
“The disconnected buds, shoots, and branches of Christian peacemaking have been successfully reconnected in the theory and stories of Ambassadors of Reconciliation…an overdue service toward our common work, rebuilding the peace house.” –Gene Stoltzfus, Co-founder, Christian Peacemaker Teams
“The best way for students or church people to find themselves transformed toward following Jesus is to get them to engage in actual personal encounter such as those in this book, and then to get them to discuss in a group how it changes their perceptions. But Ambassadors of Reconciliation may be as good or better because of insights it brings to that discussion. Invite folks to struggle with hurt and forgiveness as Joe Avila and Marietta Jaeger Lane do here, and visit Jesus in prison with Murphy Davis, and hear Lawrence Hart, and they will be changed.”–Glen H. Stassen, Fuller Theological Seminary
Both Elaine Enns and Ched Myers work for Bartimaeus Ministries in California. Enns has worked for twenty years in the field of restorative justice and conflict resolution. Myers, the author of Binding the Strong Man and Who Will Roll Away the Stone?, focuses on building biblical literacy, church renewal, and faith-based witness for justice.