Restorative Justice

Dear Friends:

We can stand up for justice at every level of our society—starting in our churches—by the way we use and integrate restorative justice and practices in our lives together.

The Restorative Justice Task Team of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ welcomes you to these pages of information and resources. We hope these resources will help you learn more about the important ways we can all be in ministry together in promoting understanding, healing, unity, and justice within congregations, schools, and communities throughout Massachusetts.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every congregation within our Conference could find a special way of helping to shape a system that renders justice through restorative and unifying actions that truly build community? For more than 20 years, the Restorative Justice Task Team, composed of members of UCC churches, has been promoting restorative practices and efforts within Massachusetts and helping empower congregations to be driving forces in the movement for a justice of restoration, peace, and community.

Would you like to learn more about Restorative Justice and the MA Conference Restorative Justice Task Team? We want to learn what additional resources could be helpful to you in your efforts to promote restorative justice. We are eager to hear from you. Please email us if you’d like to be involved.

Grace and Peace,

Brenda Nolan  Chair, Restorative Justice Task Team

Experience a Circle 

Invite the MA Conference, UCC Restorative Justice Task Team and the Just Peace Players to lead a Restorative Justice circle and discussion at your church.  Join a circle and see what it’s like to be in the middle of this process. This dynamic program is designed for both youth and adults.

Members from the task team will lead the circle, and the Just Peace Players will participate. You are invited to join us as we experience the power and potential of the restorative justice process.
It is sacred work!

Contact Mike Rich, or Fran Bogle, coordinator of the Just Peace Players, for more information. Click for a downloadable flyer.

Other Resources

An Introductory Restorative Justice Bibliography

Restorative Justice: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Retributive Justice and Restorative Justice: What's the Difference?

Becoming a Restorative Justice Congregation


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