Restorative practices have their roots in indigenous cultures. Their use ensures that all voices are heard and respectfully listened to, for they honor the dignity of each one of us. People are coming to recognize restorative practices as a way to form trusting relationships, build community, and manage conflict that can be implemented in any venue.
The number of ways to apply restorative practices is as varied as the people and the groups that they form. The implementation of restorative practices as repair harm circles has come to be known as Restorative Justice. This practice addresses the heart of the issue – our way of thinking.
In 2000, this coalition was formed under the name of the Restorative Justice Committee of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. In its early years, the committee was largely composed of volunteers in the newly formed Community Conferencing Program of the District Attorney’s Office of Milwaukee County. Its members were part of changing the way our society thinks about the question of how to treat wrong-doing. The belief that punishing and ostracizing are the ways we must treat wrong-doing is evident not only in our criminal justice system, but in our homes, schools, churches, and in the community at large.
That was the beginning, but it did not end there. In 2015, the Restorative Justice Committee officially changed its name to the Interfaith Restorative Practices Coalition. As restorative practices spread, all who implement restorative practices whether in their jobs or as volunteers have been and continue to be welcomed to the coalition’s bi-monthly meetings at Sherman Perk. For its members and to others who implement restorative practices in the greater Milwaukee community, these meetings offer an opportunity to network and to support one another.
The breadth of possibilities for the implementation of restorative practices is evident in the membership of the Interfaith Restorative Practices Coalition. Its members include: Alliance School Restorative Practices Program, The Benedict Center, the Community Conferencing Program (of Milwaukee District Attorney Office), Escuela Verde, The Healing Center, Mediation and Restorative Justice Center of Wisconsin Community Service, Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, Milwaukee Public Schools, Peace Learning Center, Restorative Circles LLC, Safe and Sound, Sherman Park Neighborhood Association, Victim/Witness Advocate (of Milwaukee District Attorney Office), Unity in Motion/Kindred MKE, Youth Justice Milwaukee, The Zeidler Group, as well as members of faith communities and members of the greater Milwaukee community. And the list continues to grow
Restorative Practices Coalition will meet Monday, November 2nd at 8:30 a.m.. via Zoom. Contact Betsy to receive a link to attend. The coalition typically meets on the first Monday. The intention going forward is to meet every month, alternating between 8:30 a.m. (odd months) and 4:00 p.m. (even months).
Circlekeeper Gathering is Tuesday September 29th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This meeting will still occur using ZOOM. Contact Betsy to receive a link to attend. Our intention is to meet every last Tuesday of the month. Our monthly gathering welcomes all people from our wider Milwaukee area community who have been educated in Restorative Practices, so we may consistently gather, learn from each other’s experience, and be part of a supportive community of people who are keeping circles within our school, organization and/or community.
New! Read the first in a series of articles that relate restorative practices to the sacred scriptures of the congregations that are part of the Interfaith Conference
For more information, call Betsy Gonwa at 414-259-0565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read this article to learn more about restorative practices at Peace Learning Center
Watch this video to learn more about restorative practices at Alliance School.
Watch this video to learn more about the difference between retributive justice and restorative justice.
Watch this video to see the impact of a repair harm circle in the life of a young offender.
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Event sponsored by the Interfaith Conference's, Committee for Interfaith Understanding, moderated by CIU Chairwoman, Janan Najeeb. Members of the CIU Committee will be responders, including guests from facebook Watch entire program
With guest speaker, James L. Santelle, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Attend this insightful, free webinar at 7pm, Thursday, August 27th at:
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“Constitutional Rights to Religious Liberty: The Supreme Court’s Recent Cases on the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment”
“This academic and interactive program will focus on two, recent decisions of our High Court, addressing the meaning and impact of the Constitution’s protections against governmental establishment of religion and preservations of the right to its free exercise. In addition to describing the factual and legal bases for those landmark rulings, James L. Santelle, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (and long-time supporter of the missions and activities of the Interfaith Conference), will comment on the practical significance of the Supreme Court’s decisions for religious and non-faith-affiliated entities. This 90-minute gathering will also include abundant opportunities for participants to ask questions, offer perspectives, and otherwise comment on these important and topical issues.”
This event is sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
Watch the video anthology of five decades of Interfaith Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipsq6dqkZOM
A feature of our 50th Annual Virtual Luncheon, it was created with 3rd year Marquette University student, Ryan Hagan. Ryan is working on a degree in Cognitive Science and Digital Media. He's made other videos for the Marquette Wire, Generations Against Bullying (YouTube), and Walnut Way. His personal objective is to "create high-quality, socially relevant, thought-provoking content." We appreciate and sincerely thank Ryan for his time, talent, technical abilities, and especially his patience in working virtually with me to deliver the video I envisioned.