Thursday, 17 July 2014


Since living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I have had the gift of home that inspires room for Sawbonna. Though I do not live in an intentional community, I do live in a space where several individuals share common areas. Bathroom, living-room, kitchen. Each of us brings varied experiences and relationships to how respect, responsibility, relationship, and wonder inform how it is we care for our space, therefore, caring for and with each other. Recently we had a meeting about cleanliness and our varied approaches to our communal space. What struck me was that even though concerns are still present, we are engaging in conversations. And, this is Sawbonna: engaging in conversations whereby we voice, we listen, we trust, we choose to be present with and for each other. Sawbonna as lived experience in which we are navigating the terrain of crime, is related to Sawbonna as sharing common space, sharing home. Sawbonna is relational. Sawbonna is about continuing conversation with self, with other/s. It is a way of navigating with each emotion that invites us to make sense of "non-sense" of varying degree. "Non-sense" always matters. It is not what happens to us, but what we do with what happens to us, that is Sawbonna's invitation with conversation.Valuing each voice.

Online Course: Sawbonna and Restorative Justice (Church Council on Justice and Corrections) 

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