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Creating a Restorative Ministry

You may already be involved in a ministry where you’d like to integrate restorative justice principles and practices.

Doing so may bolster existing social justice efforts in ways that meet additional needs, repair relationships, and create spaces for communal healing.

Examples Can Include

  • Fostering a more inclusive, racially equitable environment led by people most impacted by violence, incarceration, and injustice.

  • Creating supportive spaces for victims of crime and/or families impacted by crime and incarceration.

  • Supporting trauma-healing and/or community reintegration of currently and formerly incarcerated persons.

There are a number of ways in which an existing ministry may already be restorative in nature in that it seeks to uphold human dignity, meet the needs of those impacted by injustice, and foster reintegration.

A restorative approach might go further to integrate aspects of victim impact or involvement, trauma-healing work, and making amends for harms caused.

Have you read this?

Paths of Renewed Encounter section: Trauma and Resilience