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. Including a preview of three of the panel discussions and ways we are inviting attendees to participate, this is your guide to CMN's upcoming conference!
Restorative justice is a way of understanding crime, and harm in all of its forms, as a violation of people and relationships rather than solely a violation of law. When harm occurs, there are far-reaching impacts: emotional, spiritual, physical, and material. Restorative practices seek to address such impacts through transformative encounter, authentic accountability, and intentional amends in order to foster rehabilitation, repair relationships, and restore those impacted to a place of safety and healing.
Beyond the criminal justice system, there are countless opportunities use restorative practices in personal and parish life and within our communities.