Tool: Restorative Justice

The biblical idea of justice is founded on Shalom (everything is as it should be, “rightness” and “right relations”). There are many levels in which injustice can be present. Justice may be sought on the interpersonal (person to person), family (group), community, national, and global (international) levels. Asking these questions can be a way in which the congregation may seek justice alongside those who have served s and their families.

 

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“Although we are in different boats, you in your boat and we in our canoe, we share the same river of life.” 

– Chief Oren Lyons

Ways in which you can do this:

  • Acknowledge the harm that has taken place
  • Include everyone affected by the harm
  • Seek mediators or facilitators as needed
  • Create or encourage an encounter in a safe space Circle process
    • Family Group Conference
    • Victim/ Offender Conference (Community Conference)
    • Make or encourage amends for the harm that has been done
    • Participate in a reintegration process

 

Facilitation Hint

Using a talking piece can be a helpful way to invite one person at a time to share and encourages others to listen intentionally.