St. Paul called on followers of Christ to be "ambassadors of reconciliation" in a world of violence and oppression. In reflections on this and other New Testaments texts, Ched Myers and Elaine Enns offer a lens for re-reading the entire biblical tradition as a resource for the cause of "restorative justice" and peacemaking.
The term "restorative justice" refers to a social movement that seeks to repair interpersonal, communal, and social injuries without recourse to violence or retribution. From its origins in the criminal justice arena restorative justice has been applied in schools, homes, as well as workplaces. But examples such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa also show its application on a national level.
In Ambassadors of Reconciliation I Ched Myers and Elaine Enns offer solid biblical and theological resources for this vital and growing movement. Their complementary volume, Ambassadors of Reconciliation II focusses on stories of the principles of restorative justice in action around the world.
Both Ched Myers and Elaine Enns work for Bartimaeus Ministries in California. Myers, the author of Binding the Strong Man and Who Will Roll Away the Stone?, focuses on building biblical literacy, church renewal, and faith-based witness for justice. Enns has worked for twenty years in the field of restorative justice and conflict transformation.