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Exploring Restorative Justice: Peacebuilders, crime victims and ex-prisoners

Crime victims, offenders and communities share a stake in restorative justice. At the just-completed Summer Peacebuilding Institute at EMU, two courses brought stakeholders face-to-face. A former Virginia prisoner studied with peacebuilders from around the world in a May course, “Restorative Justice: The Promise, the Challenge.” ...More

Roth Appointed to CJP Leadership Role

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University has named Lynn Roth as its executive director. He will begin the position Aug. 13, 2007. Lynn Roth, executive ...More

Saying ‘I’m Sorry’ is Just the Beginning

The legislature of Virginia is to be applauded for passing a resolution expressing its profound regret for slavery and for the exploitation of native people. As far as I know, my home state is the first state to do this. It is a courageous step: it names the wrongs in some detail, expresses regrets and looks to a better future. But regret is only the beginning. We in Virginia ...More

Amish Forgiveness Offers Lessons

The subdued reaction of the Amish to the killing of five girls at the one-room school in Bart Township, Pa., reflects their theology, culture and history, says Earl Zimmerman, a religion professor at EMU, who attended grades 1 through 8 in a one-room Amish school about 30 miles north of the site of the killings. ...More

Professor Wins Two Major Peace Awards

Howard Zehr, a professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University, is the 2006 recipient of the annual Community of Christ International Peace Award, one of the world ...More

Zehr Reaches Millions in Japan

While traveling to his next appointment on the Tokyo subway system, Howard Zehr (right) is interviewed by Yasukazu Akada, a reporter for A ...More

Campus Responds to Death of Peace Worker Tom Fox

News of the death of Tom Fox, 54, a Christian Peacemaking Team worker held hostage in Iraq, has been an especially difficult blow for those who knew him at Eastern Mennonite University. U.S. forces in Iraq recovered the body of kidnapped Christian Peacemaker Teams activist Tom Fox, CPT confirmed on Mar. 10. ...More

Zehr Cited for Restorative Justice Work

Howard Zehr displays the award received from the Restorative Justice Association of Virginia. Photo by Jim Bishop A coalition of organizations working in ...More

Restorative justice not a political football

There are many areas of life in Northern Ireland where real political and perhaps irreconcilable differences exist, where emotions run high and political fights are inevitable. Restorative justice is not one such issue and should not be allowed to become one. The concept of restorative justice as an approach to handling crime was first introduced into ...More

How to make justice work

RESTORATIVE justice entails the need for victims and perpetrators to understand each other in order for them to be accepted in society, an expert says. Professor Howard Zehr said people needed to make the legal system work if they were to live a peaceful life. The co-director of the Conflict Transformation Programm at the Eastern Mennonite University in United States was speakin ...More