Where: Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA
When: July 15-19, 2018
Conference Theme: Cultivating Creativity in Social Justice Ministry: 'Love requires a concrete, creative response' -Pope Francis
Catholic Mobilizing Network's Caitlin Morneau and Emma Tacke will be tabling throughout the conference and presenting the following workshop from 1:15-2:30pm on Tuesday, July 17th.
Restorative Justice: A Creative Approach to Ending the Death Penalty and Transforming Criminal Justice in the United States
The death penalty is the most extreme example of retribution in the US criminal justice system. Yet, it is only the tip of the iceberg in responses to crime that violate the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching on the inherent dignity of the human person. The Church teaches that in responding to crime, we must take a restorative approach that honors the human dignity of the victim, offender, and community impacted. There are countless ways to do this, from public policy advocacy to integration of restorative practices. This workshop will invite participants to cultivate moral imagination and consider creative approaches to transforming our broken criminal justice system- changes that are grounded in the present realities of harm and violence, while bringing about the God’s vision for reconciliation.