Thursday, 28 May 2015

SAWBONNA in the UK: INCLUSIVITY and VOICE.

For five weeks, here in the UK, I have had the joy of meeting with individuals who live and breathe the values of Sawbonna-Restorative Justice. I have given talks and therapeutic writing workshops. I shared my story, which in turn invited others to share theirs.  London Probation, The Forgiveness Project, the University of Cambridge, Durham University, IARS, the Restorative Justice Council, Lapidus, Durham Constabulary, and Darlington Neighbourhood Resolution, each made time and space to speak of our shared visions for the importance of voice and justice as a lived and living experience within the crucible of: respect, responsibility, relationship, and wonder. Not a day, not a moment passed without me thinking about why it is we need community and conversations; and further, why many, many voices matter. It has been brought to my attention, not for the first time, that there are expectations about how each of us is "supposed to" engage with and for justice as a lived and living experience, i.e. victim/survivor, offender, poet, academic, "cop," mediator, professor, spectator, seeker, etc. The strength of Sawbonna-Restorative Justice is that its foundational values make implicit that we invite, engage, and include.  And, when we exclude that we are clear with ourselves and with those we choose to dismiss and ignore about our choices. That we continue to work with openness, clarity, and dollops of wonder and joy, wherein we daily negotiate the terrain of "us vs.them," means we challenge and are challenged. The work with and for Sawbonna-Restorative Justice echoes Stephen Hawking's wisdom, "It matters if you just don't give up." Community and conversations across the pond, in the pond, on mountain tops, and forest glens, means that we do not give up. We do not give up because our voices matter.



Master's Thesis: Sawbonna: Justice as Lived Experience
http://dtpr.lib.athabascau.ca/action/viewdtrdesc.php?cpk=308&id=48984

​​CHEX Television Interview: Therapeutic Writing and Restorative Justice (Starts at 29:29):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF2A1ebDo3I

2 comments:

  1. Margot, your courageous persistence is faithfulness...

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    1. Dear Brenda,
      Love, support, shared-passion, and shared-vision are key to my journey. Thank you for yours.
      Sawbonna,
      Margot/RavenSpeaks

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