Book : Ambassadors of Reconciliation Book II - Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking
"Elaine Enns and Ched Myers offer in their new book, Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Vol. II, the metaphor of “full-spectrum” peacemaking. Each of the approaches in this spectrum has an important part to play in creating what my former colleague John Paul Lederach has called “justpeace” – or what the biblical tradition calls shalom: right relationships with one another, our creation and our Creator. To truly work in this direction, however, each of us must recognize our connections and contributions to the whole.
Enns and Myers don’t just bring us together; they also challenge us to go deeper. Building true justice and peace requires that we do more than work at immediate or “presenting” injustices and conflicts. We must also be aware of and address underlying factors that contribute to and shaping conflict, such as inequities of power and privilege and structural injustices. Fortunately, the authors offer analytic tools to help understand these dynamics.
I read a book recently that I highly recommend (recommended to me by Kim Wright – thank you, Kim!!!). It’s called The Anatomy of PEACE by Arbinger Institute. There is so much of value that I could share and the information is relevant to my law practice and every other part of my life. (And isn’t that at the essence of being a holistic lawyer, that my work and my life are not in any way separate?)
“I know that you have a hundred complex cases, Against God in court, But never mind wayfarer Let’s just get out of this mess And pray to be loving and humble….”
- Hafiz, From Translations of Daniel Ladinsky “The Gift: Out of this Mess”
If you are considering or facing a divorce, I invite you to think outside the box. You alone have the ability to define your experiences upon separating your affairs from those of another whom once you loved. Seek out lawyers who aspire to be peacemakers rather than warriors. Destruction is easy: Set a brave new course instead.
“What would your mother say?”
A Mediator/Educator’s Perspective
Which values and skill sets will best serve us as mediators and perhaps more generally as lawyers? Where do we learn them?
In Part 1, Sharif talks about growing up in public housing, on welfare, in Camden, New Jersey and his early sense that human beings were not meant to live that way, that there had to be a better way.
He talks about his work in Commonway Institute and his study of the three aspects of Power and how our lives are inextricably linked on the planet.
by Cindy Lenoff Zatzman
Two hundred thousand faces form a crowd, all gathered in a peace meditation. In August 1999, the Sarvodaya organization began its peace initiative in Sri Lanka by calling 100,000 people to mobilize and meditate for peace.
Sharif Abdullah founded and now directs Commonway, an organization which provides administrative support and strategic advice to Sarvodaya. All of Sharif’s work is based on the philosophy of inclusivity, which he explains means that “All of our lives are linked, no matter who you are or where you are on this planet. And because of this, I have a responsibility to treat others a certain way.”
According to Sharif, our society is a ticking bomb. We have about 50 years left, environmentally and psychologically. We must change our perspective from an Exclusivist point of view to Inclusivist. We must stop looking from an “Us and Them” perspective and begin to realize that we’re all in this together.