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Reconciliation as Generosity and Invitation.

Redfern, Tony
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) VORP News 26(8, December): 1-2. Fresno, California: Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) of the Central Valley, Inc. Downloaded 19 December 2005.

Mark and two friends vandalized John’s
house. It seems John had “talked” to Mark’s exgirlfriend!
Sadly, between the crime and the mediation,
John’s father was tragically killed in an accident.
John’s mother, Mary, now a widow, is the sole
bread-winner. Her future is uncertain.
Mary agreed to meet with the offenders to recognize
the offense, talk about ways to make things
as right as possible, and make promises for the future.
As her grief and mourning continued, she
realized she did not have the physical and emotional
energy to participate in the mediation. I
agreed to tell her story and work on a restitution
agreement with the three young offenders. (We
utilized a VORP “Carry Agreement” designed for
certain mediations like this one.)(excerpt)


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