Restorative justice is a way of understanding crime and harm in terms of the people and relationships impacted, rather than the law or rule that was broken. Restorative practices seek to repair harm through transformative encounters that model Jesus’ reconciling way. Echoing principles of Catholic Social Tradition, it offers a framework for transforming relationships and systems that values human dignity, accountability, healing, and racial equity.
This conference comes at a critical moment in our Church and in our nation. Interest and engagement in restorative justice is growing among Catholics. This conference brings together impacted persons, experienced practitioners, ministry leaders, and advocates from across the country to enliven Catholic engagement with restorative justice in the United States.
Speakers and workshops will highlight local and national examples of restorative practices applied in criminal justice ministry, Catholic education, and parish/diocesan life. Informed by faith-based, secular, and collaborative efforts, the conference will foster peer-to-peer learning, story-sharing, and networking among Catholic individuals and institutions.
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