When I am asked to express how Sawbonna and Restorative Justice are siblings, I am filled with joy. One reason is because in writing his Foreword to my book, Sawbonna: I See You, which is a real life restorative justice story, Professor Howard Zehr, pioneer in the field of Restorative Justice, speaks not only of Restorative Justice's three values: Respect, Responsibility, and Relationship. Howard speaks of a fourth value: Wonder. And indeed Sawbonna and Restorative Justice are siblings steeped in Wonder. Wonder that is contoured in the the fact that it is story, our story, that provides a valuable crucible wherein no matter the crime we have committed or the crime that has been committed against us, we can weave new ways of responding to and creating meaning in our lives. I have been blessed with a wide and rich tapestry of relationships, wherein a steeped-spectrum of friendships' hues rest in my heart, mind, and soul, stirring the intellect of my will. Embracing me in Wonder.
Young Daniel, exquisite fiddle player, who will one day be United Church Minister, in response to my question,"What is the one thing you wish me to take in my heart about you?" as I boarded the cab from his generous sanctuary, said, "Take my faith." And I do. His faith is Wonder-filled and saturated in a deeply lived expression of a Source of Mystery that is enlivened by honouring voice, cherishing voicing which is not satisfied by pallid preaching and prescribed pontification.
And, Wonder glows in Lynn, whose gifts of weaving not only with threads and wools and yarns, but whose gift with weaving words into a tapestry of life's ebullient authentic images and splashes of raw-rich colour and Wisdom, wove pages of morning meditations, which as yet fill the air of our shared-retreat with fierce fire, gratitude, and fragrant whispers of the gift of sitting with pen, as prayer, as practice of saying only one word to life, Yes. "Yes life. You call. We answer."
Sawbonna/Restorative Justice is about Wonder's clarity, wherein when I sat with eighty-nine year of age Madeline yesterday, and told her about leaving for England to share in dialogue about a film for Sawbonna, she said to me, "Oh yes! When we tell our stories we are reminded of how connected we are." And we are. How Wonder-full is this woven tapestry of our stories, shared as we Sawbonna each other. Again. And yet again. Sawbonna: I see you. You see me. Tell me your story. I will listen. I will tell you mine.Trusting that you will listen too. As our Circle grows.