My writing flows from a variety of wells in life: spiritual, relational, social justice, and professional.
I write to give voice to people on the margins, to open minds to a thought never before entertained, and to speak against injustice.
I invite you to be in conversation with me to agree or disagree, to dialogue, and to tussle with an idea with which you are uncomfortable or which resonates with you. Every day we can be stretched and questioned, learning about ourselves and the planet on which we live. And in that process, we will be a gift to creation.
Any society that strives for justice must tackle the hard reality that events occur which are not fair. Until we are committed to restoration, which foregoes endless punishment, and not retribution, the cycles of criminality and victimization will tragically repeat. We should tend to the needs of victims that go beyond the legal. We should assist the offender in taking responsibility for the harm caused. Rather than multiplying enemies we can repair relationships and communities.
Criminal Justice Reform
criminal justice reform
The United States incarcerates the largest number of people per capita of any industrialized country. Russia imprisons slightly more than half of our numbers. The U. S. rate is about six times greater than Canada. If we want to reduce victimization and crime we will have to focus on the quality of imprisonment in jails and prisons, not the quantity of persons and length of sentences.
The binary definition of female or male has taken a blow and that is good. Glaring inequalities and stereotypes of gender and prejudice toward “the other,” whether based on skin color, language, personality traits, and anything else that does not comport as part of our tribe, have crushed many and deprived us of talents, and marvelous life adventures.
Stories About living
Stories can be powerful. They can often hold our interest and communicate better than a lecture. The best linger in our minds and provide insights about ourselves and others. I enjoy writing and sharing stories on my blog. They are generally in one of two categories: Bible stories set in modern context to bring insights to the familiar and stories of humor and heartache.