With only a week to go until our long-awaited conference and book launch, Redemption and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice, we wanted to share a bit more about what to expect from this day-long event.
This conference will bring the text to life as authors dialogue with Catholics who are active in the areas of criminal and restorative justice. We are honored to be joined by Bishop Frank J. Dewane who will open and close the day in prayer. Editor, Trudy Conway will share stories from the development of the text and invite us into a journey through each of the three major sections of the book.
In the first session, The Criminal Justice System, CMN Executive Director, Karen Clifton will moderate a discussion on the criminal justice system, talking with Tim Wolfe and Janine Geske. They will explore the social, political and economic impacts of a broken criminal justice system including pressing issues of race and mass incarceration.
Next, during Responsibility, Restoration, and Reform, Msgr. Stuart Swetland will engage in a conversation with Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis, Fr. George Williams, S.J., and Vicki Schieber about the ways in which our Catholic faith and its foundational values of mercy, redemption, and reconciliation call us to this transformative way of living in right relationship with one another.
Finally, in Becoming Agents of Restoration, CMN Director of Restorative Justice, Caitlin Morneau will talk with Joe Cotton, Matt Cuff, and Bill Gaertner about how they put this call into action. The group will explore opportunities for Catholics to engage with restorative justice practices and criminal justice reform in their local communities.
The day will also feature the opportunity to engage in dialogue with two elected officials working on criminal justice reform at the federal level.
Each panel will be followed by a time of question and answer and throughout the day, there will be opportunities to reflect upon our own areas of ministry and take key learnings into prayer for future action. We will also use the innovative Poll Everywhere, a platform to elicit ideas and engage with the full group. Because this is smartphone based, those participating via live-stream will also be able to share their insights with those in the room.