"We urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole.” (UMC Social Principle on Criminal and Restorative Justice (164.V.H),
Restorative justice, rooted in indigenous traditions of healing and accountability, offers an effective framework. Focused on repairing the relational and communal damage done by harmful actions, restorative justice principles and practices address the wrongs and bring healing to all in involved – including the one harmed, the one who harmed, the families of both and the community at large.
Restorative justice is the Church’s work of reconciliation and redemption in the face of woundedness and is an alternative to harmful systems of retribution and injustice. This session provide a basic understanding of the restorative justice framework and some basic restorative practices for doing restorative justice today.