Source: (2009) St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Many of us assume that communities of faith will resonate quite naturally with the principles and applications of restorative justice. Concepts of reconciliation, peacemaking, healing, forgiveness, relationship and community building, so fundamental to restorative justice, also echo the values that undergird many faith communities. Similarly for people of faith seeking to live out their faith in concrete ways, involvement in restorative justice would seem a perfect fit. It is, therefore, puzzling that more faith communities have not caught the excitement and stepped forward to embrace restorative justice work. Has the word not gotten out? Have we failed to communicate effectively with communities of faith? What can we do to reach this population, in order to benefit our work and the life of those communities as well? (excerpt)