Source: (2007) Review and Expositor. 104(3):579-587.

Drawing on the social gospel's implications for how we make peace and pursue justice in America today, this article examines the relationship between reconciliation and grassroots approaches to restorative justice. With a focus on Chicago's emerging restorative justice movement, it looks at practices and programs that offer alternative futures to those young people most impacted by a punitive justice system gone wild. The article concludes that peacemaking calls on us to operationalize our awareness of human interconnectedness. Restorative justice and reconciliation are posited as distinct peacemaking approaches with a shared commitment to ending cycles of violence and wrongdoing. Emphasizing love and forgiveness, reconciliation is revealed as a powerful project of reclaiming our unions and bonds. (author's abstract)