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Unitive Justice: Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality

with very special guest Sylvia Clute

Tuesday, March 27th



Please read: Sylvia's Post-Telecouncil Notes...


May I clarify my comment regarding religion in schools? I should have added that all major religions have teachings that support both punitive justice and unitive justice (eg. an eye for an eye and the Golden Rule). At different times one is emphasized more than the other. Bringing teachings that support separation and judgment into any environment can have a divisive effect. However, I am confident that religion will provide important leadership in the shift to unitive justice by turning its emphasis toward teachings such as the Sermon on the Mount, forgiveness, and nonviolence, which tend to have no divisive effect. I see evidence that this shift is taking place. I discuss this at greater length in my book, Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality.

Sylvia Clute is a former trial attorney and holds an M.A. in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating from law school and establishing a practice, Clute co-founded the only women's bank in the South, became chairman of the board, and helped move Virginia's laws relating to women and children into the twentieth century. She is currently  Program Coordinator of a restorative school program and serves on the board of Restorative Youth Services of Virginia. Her recent book, Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality: A Call for a Compassionate Revolution has received profound and significant praise and exposure as mapping a new territory for systemic change in criminal justice and beyond--in how we heal ourselves, our communities, and our world.

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