67) Pacifying "Non-Violence as Violence" | Eileen Henderson (Part 1)

"Is there a way to speak of non-violence from a feminist angle?" Following last week's discussion of non-violence as violence, this week Mark was encouraged to further explore that idea from a less patriarchal and masculine worldview and to find language around it from a feminist perspective. Landing on the analogy of how a parent might bring calm to a crying infant, perhaps we can find fresh ways to present pacifism not as violence, but as a salving act.


Then Mark sits down with Eileen Henderson, Restorative Justice Coordinator with Mennonite Central Committee's Circles of Support and Accountability. They talk about Eileen's early life in Guelph, her first encounter with a correctional facility, and how her passion for restorative justice was ignited by meeting and working alongside inspirational leaders in social justice in Canada. Then she tells the story of Charlie Taylor and Harry Nigh, what it's like for a convicted offender to be released into the community after serving out their full sentence, and the course of events that ultimately began the groups of volunteers that became known as Circles of Support and Accountability. 

Next week, Eileen explains factors that might lead to a person becoming a sexual offender, and how she considers the viewpoints of all parties: the offenders, the victims, and the volunteers. 


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Next Week's Episode 68

Eileen Henderson (Part 2): justice worker with Circles of Support and Accountability