"Where Justice & Mercy Meet - A Retreat Experience for Teens" has been produced by Wayne Hipley and Anna Bradley to introduce high school-age youth to basic concepts and ideas of Catholic Church teaching as it relates to the death penalty, restorative justice, mercy and forgiveness. It is detailed to help facilitators with minimal previous knowledge of the material become comfortable leading discussions and sharing information. The design is such that the individual catechetical sessions may be used as standalone pieces integrated into a classroom or youth ministry night experience.
Six themes are addressed:
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Mercy and Forgiveness
- Criminal Justice & Recidivism
- The Death Penalty
- Restorative Justice
The retreat experience integrates prayer, scripture connections, music, warmers, activities, and discussion and journaling prompts. A viewing of the film "Dead Man Walking" with a follow-up discussion is also included.