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"Implementing Anarchist Criminology: from theory to practice." paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in Philadelphia February 2014.

"Freedom of speech and duck calls" published online 12/16/2013 as an FPU Scholars Speak article http://blogs.fresno.edu/academics/2013/12/26/freedom-of-speech-and-duck-calls/.

"The mediator is in - the courthouse" in The Bar Bulletin v.36 no. 10 November 2013, p. 6.

Issue editor ACResolution Magazine Spring 2013, vol. 2, no. 2.

"Mediation in the probate court" in ACResolution Magazine Spring 2013, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 17-18.

"Equality is not justice" originally produced as a FPU Scholars Speak article, March 12, 2012, published by the newly renamed Mennonite World Review April 2, 2012.

"I'm a ________ mediator: How mediators' profession of origin affects their practice" in ACResolution Magazine Winter 2012.

"Anarchist Criminology: a new way to understand a set of proven practices." paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in Toronto March 2011.

Review published in the American Society of Victimology online journal Research to Practice of Fehr, R., Gelfand, M., & Nag, M. (2010). "The road to forgiveness: a meta-analytic synthesis of its situational and dispositional correlates." Psychological Bulletin, American Psychological Association (136) 5, 894-914.


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After We're Gone: A Christian Perspective on Estate and Life Planning for Families that Include a Dependent Member with a Disability 3d print edition published July 2011. Also available from Amazon.com.

Caring for an adult who is dependent due to a significant disability is a major responsibility. Making provisions for that person's physical, emotional, and financial well-being after the death of the caregiver can be complex and confusing. After We're Gone introduces options and resources for the Christian family and faith community as they interact with the legal system to make provisions for the ongoing care of loved ones with disabilities. The Christian Leader excerpted the book in its Oct-Nov 2012 online edition at http://www.usmb.org/planning-for-a-disabled-childs-adult-life.

"This book is an extended hand, reaching out to those who are worried or frustrated to offer encouragement, support, and hope."

Wilfred Martens, PhD
Professor Emeritus of English, Fresno Pacific University
Founding member of California Mennonite Residential Services


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Published August 2010: The Promise of Restorative Justice: New Approaches for Criminal Justice and Beyond John Dussich and Jill Schellenberg, eds. Dr. Ruth-Heffelbower has three chapters in the book: Restorative Justice in Disaster Management, Solutions for Business Conflicts, and Innovations in Correctional Settings with frequent collaborator Mario Gaboury.


"Do armed citizens deter crime?" published as a Fresno Pacific University Scholars Speak article January 12, 2010.


Praeger Handbook of Victimology coverArticles "Alternative dispute resolution" and "Mediation" in Janet K. Wilson, ed. Praeger Handbook of Victimology. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, LLP, 2009. Available through Amazon.com.

Publisher's notes: The Praeger Handbook of Victimology is the first full-scale reference to encompass the full scope of the discipline of victim studies, marking its evolution from an initial focus on homicide, child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence to a more wide-ranging modern interpretation that includes hate crimes, terrorism, and cyber crimes such as online bullying, stalking, and identity theft.

The Praeger Handbook of Victimology offers an up-to-date portrait of its field, including the latest research from criminal justice studies, feminist studies, and other disciplines, as well as the changing views of the victim from law enforcement and the public at large. The nearly 200 alphabetically organized entries cover everything from terminology unique to the field to victimizations relative to specific crimes to the extension of crime victim rights and victim interactions with the criminal justice system. Victims' advocates, legal professionals, students, researchers, or anyone fascinated by the impact of crime on society will find this a uniquely informative resource.

Title Features:

  • Includes nearly 200 entries on the development and scope of the 70-year-old field of victimology
  • Over 90 contributors from across the nation, representing 13 academic areas of study, including criminal justice, criminology, gerontology, psychology, sociology, and victim studies
  • Includes a chronology of selected events from 1941 to 2008 reflecting the development of the discipline of victimology and the expansion of rights for victims of crime
  • Offers a bibliography of 17 recently published books that provide a broad look at crime victims and the field of victimology
  • Lists 22 journals that publish research on crime victims and describes 24 websites that provide information ranging from victimization statistics and organizational membership opportunities to victim services and legal remedies


"I thought about it" published as a Fresno Pacific University Scholars Speak article January 7, 2009. The article explores the use of conspiracy convictions in the war on terror.


"Love and power" published as a Fresno Pacific University Scholars Speak article October 15, 2008. It explores the giving and taking of love and power. Published in Salt Fresno Magazine V.7, No.3 March 2010, p. 16.


Controversies in Victimology 2d cover"Victim-Offender Programs in Correctional Settings: Can They Effectively Bridge Divergent Perspectives?" With Mario Thomas Gaboury in Laura J. Moriarty (Ed.), (2008) Controversies in Victimology, 2nd Edition. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Company.

Publisher's notes: Controversies in Victimology features original works of noted scholars and practitioners with the focus on controversial issues in victimology. This second edition aims to shed light on the debates over, the media attention on, and the psychology behind victimization. Because agents for both the victim and the offender need to work together to make the criminal justice system operate more efficiently and effectively, this book discusses the controversies from all sides of the debate, and attempts to reconcile the issues in order to move the field forward. Eleven articles cover the topics of balancing victim/offender rights, victim blaming, same-sex intimate partner violence, mass media and victims of rape, examination of whether victims should have the right to meet with their offenders, fear of crime and victimization, stalking and cyberstalking, victim impact statements, victim-offender programs in correctional settings, and female sex offenders. The book concludes with a chapter that proposes ways to reconcile the controversies.


"Pit bulls, bad knees and neighborliness: what price personal safety?" Published as a Fresno Pacific University Scholars Speak article January 29, 2008. Published by the Christian Leader March 2008, p. 10. Published by the Fresno Bee under the title "Peacemaker struggles in his own life" March 9, 2008. Published by the Wasco Tribune February 6, 2008 and the Fowler Ensign April 16, 2008. Published by Mennonite Media in its online Third Way Café December 5, 2008 under the title "Pit Bulls, Bad Knees and Neighborliness".


"Research reflections: Learning to improve therapeutic and other practices." Justice Connections Winter 2007.


Current Issues in Victimology Research, 2d ed. cover"Corrections-Based Victim Service and Restorative Justice Programs" book chapter with Mario Gaboury, President of the American Society of Victimology, in Moriarty, Laura J. and Jerin, Robert A. (2007) Current Issues in Victimology Research, 2d ed., Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, pp. 289-308.

Publisher's notes: This new edition updates and expands the first edition. Research on crime victims' issues is a relatively new phenomenon in the criminal justice field. With the birth of victimology in the late 1940s and early 1950s, research focused on victim-offender relationships and victim culpability. It has only been in the last few decades that researchers have both studied the effects of crime upon the victim and analyzed the services provided to the crime victim. Moriarty and Jerin provide an understanding of the impact of the criminal act upon individuals and society through recent research. The book provides the criminal justice field with a foundation for grasping the complexities of crime victimization. Current Issues in Victimology Research is a collection of sixteen original articles written by criminal justice academics and practitioners. The book is arranged into sections including fear of crime, campus victimization, victim services and representation, victims' rights versus offenders' rights, and sexual harassment and stalking. Unlike most other victimology books, which are written as textbooks, this book is a volume of the most recent research, conducted by academic scholars in the field, focusing on current issues in victimology.


VORP Newsletters February 2003- August 2007 Duane became the Administrator of Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of the Central Valley, Inc. in September 2002 and concluded that service in September 2007. He has an article related to restorative justice in general or VORP in particular in most issues of the VORP newsletter during that period.


"The McDonald's theory of conflict prevention: Peace through franchising" in Fresno Pacific University's Scholars Speak publications July 26, 2007. Also Published in The Fresno Bee as "McDonald's theory of conflict prevention" August 4, 2007. Published in The Reedley Exponent August 2, 2007.


"The carnage in . . ." a response to the Virginia Tech shootings, in Fresno Pacific University's Scholars Speak publications April 23, 2007. Also Published in The Lemoore Advance April 26, 2007 and Mennonite Weekly Review April 30, 2007.

"Divorce without war: collaborative law" in Fresno Pacific University's Scholars Speak publications February 12, 2007.

"Reliving WWII - lessons for the children of all warriors" in Fresno Pacific University's Scholars Speak publications January 30, 2007. A variation published in the Mennonite Weekly Review February 12, 2007 the Madera Daily Tribune February 5, 2007, and the Arvin Tiller, Shafter Press, February 7, 2007.

"Repairing the Military Commissions Act" in Fresno Pacific University's Scholars Speak publications December 18, 2006.

"Incomprehensible forgiveness: lessons from the Amish" in Fresno Pacific University's Scholars Speak publications October 16, 2006.

"Joys and pains of living in the worldwide neighborhood" in Fresno Pacific University's Scholars Speak publications June 6, 2006.

"CPT kidnapping shows new reality for peace work" in Mennonite Weekly Review online edition December 13, 2005 and December 19 print edition. Taken from FPU Scholars Speak article published by FPU December 12, 2005 "International service in a changed world: Kidnapped CPT members show new reality."

"Want justice? Listen to the victim: Central Valley a leader" in Fresno Pacific University's Scholars Speak publications December 5, 2005.

"Execution ends the chance for redemption: Victims cannot heal" in Fresno Pacific University's Scholars Speak publications. A reflection on the execution of Tookie Williams.

"Direct and indirect communication in family mediation" in ACResolution Summer 2005.

"Mennonite Patriotism" sermon delivered July 3, 2005 at North Baltimore (MD) Mennonite Church.

Review of Louder Than Words by Penda Hair, Journal of The Community Development Society, Volume 34, No. 1, pp. 130-131.

"Restorative Justice for Nation Building: Reconciliation of People Groups" in Proceeding of the International Seminar on Restorative Justice, 16th to 19th December 2003 at Peshawar, Pakistan.

"Using RJ Principles to Build Peace Between Christians and Muslims" in ACResolution v. 3 n. 4 Summer 2004.

Book review of Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict by Douglas E. Noll in ACResolution v. 3 n. 4 Summer 2004.

"Solving the Problem of Violence" in Direction Vol. 32 No.1 Spring 2003, pp. 61-74.

"Local Capacities for Peace Meets Conflict Resolution Practice" in Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, v.1, no. 1, 2002, pp. 85-97. The journal is a joint publication of the Center for Global Peace of American University and South North Centre for Peacebuilding and Development, Harare, Zimbabwe. The full text of the article is available free on our website by arrangement with the publisher.

"Restorative Justice: The Journey" in Conciliation Quarterly Fall 2002, Vol. 21, No. 4.

"Indonesia: Out of one, many?" in Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Vol. 26:2 Summer/Fall 2002, pp. 223-238.

"Post-9-11 Reflections on the Response of Indonesian Muslims" in the Mennonite Central Committee Peace Office Newsletter April-June 2002, p. 4.

Cover of Transforming Conflict in Your ChurchContributor to Transforming Conflict in Your Church edited by Marlin E. Thomas, Herald Press 2002. Contributions include: "Systems Failures and How to Correct Them" with Alice Price; "What Congregations Can Do To Help Themselves Resolve Conflict" with Marlin Thomas; and "Getting Help from Outside Resources" with Marlin Thomas.
Cover of Islamic Millennium Journal v1 n1 - jpg - 8543 Bytes"Reconciling Injustices: A Process for Indonesia." Islamic Millennium Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, Sept.-Nov. 2001, pp. 56-62.
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Editor of Pemberdayaan untuk Rekonsiliasi, Edisi ke-2 direvisi dan diperluas (Empowering for Reconciliation, 2d edition revised and expanded, in the Indonesian language). Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Duta Wacana University Press, 2000.

Sermon at Yogyakarta International Congregation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia March 5, 2000 on 2 Corinthians 5:17-6:10 "No Stumbling Blocks to Reconciliation"

"Refugees and Conflict" in Mediation and Facilitation Training Manual, Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, ed., Akron, PA: Mennonite Conciliation Service, 2000. Available from Mennonite Conciliation Service. MCS web site link.

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Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures: Training for Trainers. Fresno: Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, 1999 (164 pp., 28 cm). ISBN 0-9673075-0-3. The final product of a three year project focused on conflict between refugees and their receiving communities. These conflicts most often included Muslim / Christian differences. Click here to see the Table of Contents and a sample page (requires free Acrobat Reader). Order from the PACS Bookshop.

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Co-Compiler of Conciliation Quarterly Summer, 1999 edition on refugees and conflict. Articles written include: "Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures: Preliminary Research Findings," and "Perspective." Available from Mennonite Conciliation Service. MCS web site link.

Christian Leader cover May 1999"When Families Fight." Christian Leader, May 1999, pp.8-9.
The Witness magazine cover"Restorative justice: making things right." The Witness November 1998.
Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures Training for Trainers manual coverConflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures: Training for Trainers. Fresno: Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, 1998. Text for course of the same name.
Controversial Issues in Criminology cover"Are Restorative Justice Processes Too Lenient?" With Arthur Wint. Controversial Issues in Criminology, eds. John Fuller and Eric Hickey, Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1999.

Family Mediation. Fresno: Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, 1998. Text for course "Family Mediation" CMP 762 and MF 635.

"Restorative Justice -- Current Best Practices in California." Journal of Correctional Psychology January, 1998.

Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution. Fresno: Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, 1997. Course text for "Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution" CMP 710.

"A Lawyer Looks at Integration" in MEDA News, Spring 1997. Article on the process of integration of the two largest Mennonite denominations.

"Toward a Christian Theology of Church and Society as it Relates to Restorative Justice" Presentation to 4th Annual Restorative Justice Conference, October 25, 1996, Fresno, CA. http://peace.fresno.edu/docs/speech.html

After We're Gone cover What happens after we're gone? 2d edition. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Mutual Aid, 1996. 1-800-348-7468. Estate and life planning for families with a disabled member. The slightly revised 2009 3d edition was available online and a 4th edition is scheduled for publication July 2011.

"Working to bring Vietnam War to an End." The Baltimore Sun, March 12, 1995. A story about explosive ordnance disposal in Laos.

"Teaching Children About Urban Violence." Urban Connections Spring 1994.

Laughing with Abraham and Sarah: A Midwife's Manual. Newton: General Conference Mennonite Church, 1992. A guide for churches planting churches.

Anabaptists Are Back cover The Anabaptists are Back: Making Peace in a Dangerous World. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1991. ISBN 0-8361-3552-0. Available through MennoLink Books or Amazon.com. Mennolink says: "Here are stories of Christians who put their lives on the line to share their beliefs as members of Christian Peacemaker Teams. Duane Ruth-Heffelbower points out that Jesus said 'Blessed are the peacemakers.' He did not say 'Blessed are the peace lovers.' We have not always seen the difference. Active peacemaking requires entering the heart of conflict. It may sometimes look more like troublemaking than peacemaking. That is a risk people take when they try to live out Jesus' call to peacemaking."
Christian and Jury Duty cover The Christian and Jury Duty. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1991. ISBN 0-8361-3562-8. Available through Amazon.com and Mennolink Books. Mennolink says: "Can you be a good Christian and a good juror? As a Christian, you believe Christians should obey government when appropriate. You also believe God's law is above human law--and Christians must resist some forms of involvement in government. This book does not give one right answer. But by taking a close look at the legal system, the Bible, and Christian tradition, Duane Ruth-Heffelbower helps potential Christian jurors make an informed choice."

"Human Rights"in The Mennonite Encyclopedia volume 5, 1990. Also available as Ruth-Heffelbower, Duane. (1989). "Human Rights." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 5 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Human_Rights&oldid=88124

A Technical Manual for Church Planters. Elkhart and Newton: Mennonite Board of Missions and, General Conference Mennonite Church 1989. ISBN 1-877736-01-5. Available from the author and from Amazon.com.

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"What Does it Mean to be Church Based?" in VORP Organizing: A Foundation in the Church, by Ron Claassen and Howard Zehr, Mennonite Central Committee, 1989.

"Christian peacemaker teams and nonviolent direct action: a proposal for definition and implementation." (1987) Paper written to inform the formation process of Christian Peacemaker Teams.

After We're Gone: Estate and Life Planning for a Disabled Person's Family. With Mitchell Kingsley. Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee, 1986. Companion piece to Supportive Care in the Congregation. $4 Cdn./$3 U.S. Available from Mennonite Mutual Aid, Attention: Advocacy and Education Resources, PO Box 483, Goshen, IN 46527, 1-800-348-7468.

"The Christian and Civil Disobedience," Direction (Spring 1986) vol 15., no. 1, p.23-30.

"Uninsured Motorist Coverage: Can Signed Waiver In Statutory Form Be Relied Upon In California?" Golden Gate Law Review, (1973) V.4, No.1, pp 19-46.