CMN was proud to partner with the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) in Chicago, IL to offer a four-day training in restorative circle keeping this July.
Sitting and sharing in a circle is a foundational restorative practice that helps strengthen relationships, foster belonging, or hold difficult conversations. Restorative circles (also called circle process or peacemaking circles) can be utilized to support community building, reintegration, and healing for those impacted by trauma, harm, and conflict. Receiving adequate training is important for creating safe and inclusive spaces, especially in cases of harm.
The sixteen participants of this year’s training came from various ministries across seven states — including a mental health center with Catholic Charities, a Tennessee-based non-profit advocating for formerly incarcerated people, a Christian urban ministry organization, Catholic high schools, and various parish social justice ministries.
Throughout the four days, participants gained skills in convening and facilitating community-building circles alongside seasoned circle keepers Pamela Purdie and Sr. Janet Ryan, OSF. CMN continues to accompany them as they discern opportunities to utilize this practice in the unique context of their respective parishes, ministries, and communities.
Here's a glimpse into this fruitful, engaging, and truly restorative time!