It’s a new year and you can join Catholic Mobilizing Network in engaging restorative practices to transform our communities, our Church and the U.S. criminal justice system:
Peacemaking circles are a foundational restorative practice that can be used in responding to harm, community building, and so much more. Often, the best way to understand the power of circles is to experience them firsthand.
In 2019, CMN will release a Resource List of circle trainers with experience working in Catholic or Christian settings. CMN will also collaborate with skilled practitioners to host multi-day circle trainings across the country. Stay tuned for more info!
Restorative Justice Blog
Over the years Catholic Mobilizing Network has heard many powerful stories of Catholics putting restorative justice into action. Meanwhile, countless others wish to bring restorative practices to their ministry or community, but are unsure how to do so. CMN’s new blog, coming this spring, will gather and amplify stories restorative practices in ministry, practical considerations, and spiritual reflection on Catholic approaches to promoting restorative justice.
Revitalized Small Group Modules
Following a year of partnering with pilot groups and integrating feedback from participants, CMN is delighted to grow the distribution of Restorative Justice, Restorative Living. Especially in light of the new pastoral letter against racism Open Wide Our Hearts: An Enduring Call to Love an additional module is being developed now to focus specifically on the role of restorative justice in confronting racism.
Faith Formation Guide
Due out in May, CMN's Faith Formation booklet, Harm, Healing and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice, invites readers to reflect upon the Catholic call to restorative justice. Through scripture, stories, and eye-opening data, each chapter encourages prayerful contemplation about our individual and communal responses to harm, and how our criminal justice system falls short of promoting human dignity, hope, and healing.
Published by Liturgical Press, Harm, Healing and Human Dignity is available for pre-order at litpress.org. Use promotional code "Justice" to receive 20% off and free shipping when you order by May 31!