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June 10-12, 2005

Celebration Center, Aliquippa, PA


What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

(Micah 6:8)


From Atlin, Alaska to Auckland, New Zealand; from Vancouver Island to the islands of the South Pacific, a phenomenon known as Restorative Justice is creating "sea-change" among the nations in how justice is done.

Restorative justice is a philosophy, a way of life based upon living in right relationship with one another within community. Restorative justice approaches begin with a redefinition of crime: crime is harm done to persons. In these approaches, crime and conflict are seen fundamentally as violations of people and interpersonal relationships, creating obligations and liabilities. It follows, therefore, that true justice will seek to heal, to the greatest degree possible, people and relationships and to fulfill the obligations that exist.

Restorative justice initiatives seek to create meaningful opportunities:

for those who have suffered harm to be involved, to have a voice and to seek healing

for those who have caused harm to fulfill their obligations

for communities to find ways of mending and re-weaving what has been torn in the fabric of community through crime and conflict

Using plenary lectures, stories and videotaped segments from actual victim offender cases conducted in prisons, this conference will explore:

the philosophical foundations of Restorative Justice, its values and principles

the spiritual roots of Restorative Justice in Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith traditions

examples of promising Restorative Justice models in use internationally

the outcomes and implications of these models for healing, rehabilitation, treatment and trauma recovery

the crippling power of unhealed shame as a product of crime and conflict

the Sermon on the Mount - the Law interpreted in a higher key

the mandate of the Paraclete [the One called alongside] to heal, to deliver and to empower any who would offer themselves for the mantle and the mandate of this ministry

1 Adapted from Howard Zehr and Harry Mika
2 D.W. Davies

Speaker: David Gustafson

Dave Gustafson, M.A., R.C.C., a pastor by training and vocation, is currently Co-Director of Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association (CJI) in Langley, B.C., Canada. As the founding director, Dave began the agency’s first program, a Victim Offender Reconciliation Program in 1982. CJI now specializes in training, program development, conferencing and victim offender mediation across the spectrum from minor school conflicts to the most serious offences in the Canadian criminal code.

Dave serves as Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University and is a doctoral candidate at KLU, Leuven, Belgium

For more information about the Conferences, e-mail us, write to us, or call us:

Conference Administrator
PO Box 309
Aliquippa, PA 15001
Tel. 724-375-1510
Fax 724-375-1138

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