After retiring from teaching sociology/criminology at the university level for about 30 years, Jack Dison enrolled at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal seminary of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. After completing a Master of Theological Studies degree in 2003, he moved to Fresno, California to study and practice at the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies of Frenso Pacific University.
In 2004 Jack returned to the Bay Area to pursue peacemaking. While he has a broad interest in peace and nonviolence, much of his interest is focused on what is often called “the criminal justice system.” From his perspective, there is an enormous opportunity in that system for bringing vision and practice of cooperative, restorative, and nonviolent approaches to preventing and responding to violation of criminal law.
Examples of his work include current projects at two prisons, the California Medical Facility (CMF) at Vacaville and San Quentin in Marin County. In the spring of 2005 he co-facilitated Pace e Bene’s From Violence to Wholeness study program for a group of inmates at San Quentin. He is exploring the possibility of offering Pace e Bene programming at San Quentin on a regular basis. In the fall of 2005 at CMF he taught a course for inmates on restorative justice and trained a small group of mature and respected inmates to mediate conflicts which arise between/among inmates. Jack speaks and teaches on peacemaking and restorative justice to various groups, classes, workshops, and parishes in the area. He also does mediation between victims/survivors and offenders.