Ted Lewis

Ted writes:  For the past 9 years I have been a beneficiary of EP activities through vicarious means.  From 2000 to 2009 I participated in the Church of the Servant King community in Eugene, and every time folks came back from the Gathering, I made it a point to chat with them.  “Who was there?”  “What were the main topics?” During those years I had part-time work as an acquisitions editor for Wipf & Stock Publishers, and that itself was a great way to get to know the network of EP scholars.
My primary work has been in the field of Restorative Justice, providing healing dialogue opportunities for victims and offenders involved in crime.  After 14 years of experience, I accepted the position of director for the Barron County Restorative Justice Programs in Rice Lake, WI.  This got me and my family back closer to our extended families, and has allowed me to grow more in this rewarding vocation.  With a staff of nine, my agency, embedded within Goodwill Industries, is recognized as one of the most robust non-profits in restorative justice nation-wide.  A nice synchonicity has been meeting John McFadden, workplace chaplain for this regional Goodwill.
What I’ve noticed over time is a synthesis of my learnings with Servant King folk and my work in conflict resolution and transformation.  In 2004, I began to do facilitation and reconciliation work for Mennonite churches, and this led to workshops on conflict and communication within an ecclesial setting.  I have developed a servanthood approach to communication that I call Kenotic Communication, based on Philippians 2 where Christ’s humility is lifted up as a model for church unity. An article I wrote on this theme can be found in The Mennonite.
I plan to attend the 2010 July Gathering for the first time, and I’m excited due to this year’s theme on word-care and language.